We are delighted to announce that we will be launching the all new Kendal Mountain Literature Festival as part of the main Festival weekend this November, celebrating a diverse mix of literature, arts and new thinking covering the wide genre of 'Outdoor'. We believe that Kendal has a responsibility to provide a platform for new thinking, adventurous imagination and creativity, which can change perceptions and inspire people. There truly is something for all tastes and ages at the Literature Festival.
You can explore all the events on our website or read all about it in the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival Programme. Read on below for a few highlights and a sample of what's on over the weekend or click here to view/download the Literature Festival Programme.
Over 20 Authors Talks and Discussions
We have an incredible literary line up that we are thrilled to share with you. Covering poetry, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, essays and spoken word, from the winds of Europe to conflict in the mountains, from Britain's wildlife to the life of Voytek Kurtyka. We'd recommend grabbing a brew and downloading our Kendal Mountain Literature Festival programme in order to fully soak up the range of speakers and talks. But to name a few…
Sir Chris Bonington will talk about his memoir, 'Ascent'
Dr Fiona Edmonds, explores mountain-names and myths in Medieval Cumbria.
Author of 'The Times Britain's Best Walks', Christopher Somerville talks about his new book, 'The January Man'.
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, talks about her thrilling and dangerous 2,000 mile journey across Arunachal Pradesh.
Nick Hunt explores walking the invisible pathways of Europe's local winds and Emma Henderson brings us her entrancing novel 'The Valentine House.
5.30pm Saturday 18 November
In this session Amy Gigi Alexander will look at how the mythology around mountains shapes our understanding of them. Journey though summit stories; from the mountains of the Moon, the fictional peaks that mark the source of the Nile in Uganda, to the mythical beast of Everest.
Our diverse panel will look at fictional mountains, the way writers have used the motif of a peak in different ways; as both impassable and dangerous; spiritual refuge and holy, and the byways of trade routes.
Black Rock: From Climbing to Performance
2.30pm Sunday 19 November
Join us for a film showing and panel discussion of Black Rock, a digital performance translating the experience of rock climbing to an audience on the ground. Panelists include climber Johnny Dawes, writer Claire Carter, artist David Shearing and professor Jonathan Pitches.
1pm Friday 17 November
Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by presenting the annual Award for Mountain Literature and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
It is awarded to the author of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.
Visit www.boardmantasker.com for the latest news!
We have 9 acclaimed artists, photographers and ceramicists whose work you can see over the weekend, including:
Tom Musgrove and Simon Bray, the duo who created the book and exhibition, The Edges Of These Isles.
Miles-Moore Ceramics whose practice supports consideration and reflection on the wonder of the natural world.
Photographer Hannah Devereux will be exhibiting her Cairngorm series.
Artist David Fulford presents his most recent paintings - The Ice Landscape.
Artspace 26a @ The Factory in Kendal are proud to present Wild Weather.
Whilst slightly further afield at the Heaton Cooper Gallery in Grasmere you can see Stefan Orlowski's exhibition, Land Lives.
Literature Lover's Weekend
Our Literature Lover's Weekend package invites you to join us in 2017 for a truly inspiring and unforgettable time in the Lake District. We promise an unforgettable weekend, celebrating the wonder of wild places... it'll be a story to tell in itself!
The package includes:
• Two nights (Fri/Sat) bed & breakfast accommodation in Kendal
• Boardman Tasker Award tickets
• Tickets to the launch of Karen Lloyd's book 'The Blackbird Diaries'
• Literary event tickets (choose 5 from the available sessions)
• The 'Best of Kendal' film tickets - Sunday afternoon or evening
• A copy of the Boardman Tasker book winner
• A 'Literature Lover's Weekend' Festival lanyard
This amazing package costs £289 for one person and £426 for two.
We hope the range and diversity of these speakers and talks has whet your appetite for November! If films and lectures are more your thing - do not fear, we have an incredible line up that we can't wait to share with you... This will be announced and tickets for the main Festival lectures, talks, specialist sessions and more will go on sale in September...