Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2017
Welcome to the new 'Kendal Mountain Literature Festival’, where we celebrate the best writing covering landscape, nature and place. We're certain you will be entertained and inspired by the diverse mix of authors gathering to share their work, which ranges from non-fiction to fiction and includes poetry as well as art from the 'Outdoor' genre.
Artistic Director Claire Carter comments: “This year we have extended our Arts & Literature reach beyond the mountains and into the rivers, seascapes and streets of the contemporary outdoor. It’s been a thrilling few months working with new and known authors and artists who are redefining what ‘outdoor’ means, and how we interact with it.”
There truly is something for all tastes and ages in our exciting programme. We are especially proud to continue to host and support the prestigious Boardman Tasker Award For Mountain Literature which is now in its 34th year since inception!
We are honoured to have Robert Macfarlane join us as Patron of the Festival, and are delighted to share his introduction with you:
"We are now in the mountains and they are in us – kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver", wrote John Muir in 1911. Over a century later, and mountains are even more deeply "in us" - drawing millions of people to them each year in search of adventure, enlightenment, beauty, wonder, wildness -- and nerve-quivering fear. As the virtual world consumes more of our time and attention, and as environmental crisis deepens around the globe, so our encounters with mountains and the natural world grow ever more vital.
I am so proud to be a patron of the new Kendal Mountain Literature Festival - a celebration and exploration of our stories of place. I love the Lake District, the mountains - and all that this Festival stands. Its great theme is that of imagination's relationship with landscape -- and its great vision is to bring about participation by means of inspiration. So please come and join us here in Kendal, to launch this Festival in its first year."