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A wonderful night of stories and song, music and laughter. It was a simple joy

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Merryn Glover is an award-winning writer of fiction, drama and poetry who lives in the Cairngorms

Setting up a new event is like taking a running jump off a pier. You don’t know if the water’s going to be freezing or tangled with seaweed or possibly even infested with sharks. But you just have to do it.

Even in the time of Covid when the complications are multiplied and people are afraid. Especially in the time of Covid. And so it was that musician Hamish Napier and myself took the plunge with the first of the Storylands Sessions last week.

It’s a new series of events in Badenoch. Meaning “the drowned lands” in Gaelic, this beautiful floodplain between the Cairngorms and the Monadhliaths is a rich source of stories, from Pictish battles to Jacobite strongholds, the Ossian epic........

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