The 2018 Kendal Mountain Literature Festival programme has been unveiled, revealing a diverse programme of events featuring some of the UK’s foremost authors of nature, landscape and mountain literature.
The four-day literature festival, now in its second year, takes place from the 16-18 November as part of Kendal Mountain Festival, the largest and longest-running annual gathering of the outdoor community in the UK.
Featuring over 40 authors, poets and writers including naturalist Mark Cocker, canal laureate Nancy Campbell, mountaineer Graham Hoyland and former hospice scribe Tanya Shadrick, this year takes the theme of ‘connection’ to explore the latest and very best outdoor inspired literature from across the UK.
Robert Macfarlane, acclaimed British writer and Kendal Mountain LIterature Festival Patron said: “This is among the most diverse programme of any nature/outdoor festival I’ve seen; so rich in its reach across voices and communities.”
Paul Scully, Festival Manager and Literature Programmer, added: “We are thrilled to welcome so many incredible writers to the festival and look forward to being inspired, challenged and provoked by the ideas and imagination of those who have immersed themselves in the natural world.”
In what will undoubtedly be a moving tribute to Britain’s war dead, Kendal Mountain Festival patron and esteemed mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington will join the National Trust’s commemoration of the Great Gift. Reading a eulogy to the fallen alongside a choir of 60 amateur singers who made news headlines earlier this year when they sang from the 14 summits in the Lake District that were gifted to the National Trust in the years after the First World War by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and private landowners as an act of remembrance.
Adding to the sense of anticipation around this year’s event are four book launches including Waymaking, a Kickstarter funded anthology of prose, poetry and artwork produced by women, inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape.
Paul continues: “At Kendal Mountain Festival, we believe that inspiring young readers and writers in the outdoors is crucial to developing positive environmental attitudes and values, and so this year’s festival will feature an array of children’s authors including Jess Butterworth, David Young and MG Leonard.”
Literature has been a central part of Kendal Mountain Festival with the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature hosted at the festival since 2007. The 35th Boardman Tasker Award will take place on Friday 17 November when the winner of this years’ shortlist will be revealed.