Author Merryn Glover's debut novel, A House Called Askival, spans 70 years of India's troubled history, from Partition to the present day. As three generations of an American missionary family are caught up in the conflicts around them, their lives are marked by tragedy, rebellion and guilt. Is reconciliation possible, and what is the price of forgiveness? In this presentation, Glover shares the story behind the story and how she came to write a novel that includes a doomed boarding school musical, 100 beetles and an extraordinary cookbook. Merryn Glover grew up in South Asia, and has worked in education and the arts in Australia, India, Nepal and Scotland, now her home. Her writing has won awards and been widely anthologised, with her fiction and drama broadcast on Radio Scotland and Radio 4. Her second novel, set where she lives in the Cairngorms National Park, is with her agent. Two days a week she works in the library at Kingussie High School, where she loves being surrounded by books and young people, and works hard to get them together. Travelling more with her imagination than a backpack these days, much of her writing explores themes of culture, identity, belief and belonging.