About Nan Shepherd

The Nan Shepherd Prize is named in honour of the great nature writer, novelist and poet, whose works include the masterpiece The Living Mountain, about her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland.

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Anna (Nan) Shepherd was born in 1893 and died in 1981. Closely attached to Aberdeen and her native Deeside, she graduated from her home university in 1915 and for the next forty-one years worked as a lecturer in English. An enthusiastic gardener and hill-walker, she made many visits to the Cairngorms with students and friends. She also travelled further afield – to Norway, France, Italy, Greece and South Africa – but always returned to the house where she was raised and where she lived almost all of her adult life, in the village of West Cults, three miles from Aberdeen on North Deeside. To honour her legacy, in 2016, Nan Shepherd’s face was added to the Royal Bank of Scotland five-pound note.

About the Prize
Find out more about the only literary prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing
2021’s Winner
Read about the winner of the 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize: a beautifully written account of upheaval and belonging