Conversations in Stone

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum and The Friends of Hugh Miller, together with generous support from The Andrew Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature, Edinburgh Geological Society and Scottish Natural Heritage, are proud to announce a new publication – Conversations in Stone – celebrating the life and legacy of Hugh Miller.

“Nature is a vast tablet, inscribed with signs… and becomes poetry in the mind when read.” – Hugh Miller

The writer, self-taught geologist and stonemason Hugh Miller (1802-1856) was one of Scotland’s finest nature writers. Born in Cromarty, his works made him a household name, and to this day his lyrical style transports readers to stand beside him at the rock-face. Celebrating his legacy, this anthology brings together prose and poetry inspired by Miller and his life, and his unwavering love of stone, landscape and palaeontology.

A four-day wedding in Stonehaven ends with a toast from a fossil-collecting bus driver. The first ‘king’ of Scotland scampers through the lush Jurassic undergrowth, in search of a feast. Hugh Miller walks the streets of Cromarty, his pockets stuffed with hammers, hunting the ghosts of ancient fish and drowned fathers.

Buy the book from the Edinburgh Geological Society website – £7.99

Incorporating the winners of the hugely successful Hugh Miller Writing Competition, Conversations in Stone brings together emerging writers from across the UK with published authors including Robert Macfarlane and Kenny Taylor, historians of Miller, and palaeontologists working in Scotland. In these pages you will run your hands over the rough sandstone of geology-inspired prose, and feel the honeycomb of fossil bones under your fingertips.

The Hugh Miller Writing Competition is a biennial event organised by Larissa Reid in partnership with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and The Friends of Hugh Miller, together with their generous sponsors. The competition is inspired by Miller’s life and works, instilling his passion for geology and palaeontology in a new generation of writers.