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Anna (Nan) Shepherd

1893 - 1981

Author. Born in West Cults, where she lived most of her adult life, Shepherd was the daughter of a civil engineer. She was educated at Aberdeen High School for Girls and the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1915. She taught English literature at Aberdeen College of Education until her retirement in 1956. Shepherd published three novels, The Quarry Wood (1928), The Weatherhouse (1930) and A Pass in the Grampians (1933), and one work of non-fiction, The Living Mountain (1977), which portrays her love and knowledge of the hills. Her novels all examine the unfulfilled potential and perception of female characters in the society and culture of North-East Scotland. Shepherd was a friend and advocate for other writers such as Neil Gunn (1891 - 1973) and Jessie Kesson (1916-94).

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