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Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2018

Welcome to the 2nd Kendal Mountain Literature Festival!

Our diverse programme of events features some of the UK’s foremost authors of nature, landscape and mountain literature. 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.

Featuring over 40 authors, poets and writers including naturalist Mark Cocker, Rivers and Canals Laureate Nancy Campbell, mountaineer Mick Fowler and long distance walker Raynor Winn, 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: "The Festival celebrates the relations between people and places – between landscapes and the human heart – as they play out in culture and especially in literature. Its many and varied events seek to emphasise connection and community in an age of division."

There is truly 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 35th year since inception!

Paul Scully, Festival Manager and Literature Programmer said: “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 connection of those who have immersed themselves in the natural world.”

Check out the pdf programme here (printed copies available very soon from bookshops around the North West).


Children's Literature 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 Long and MG Leonard.

We have our own twitter page! Keep up to date with all things Lit Fest HERE

We would like to express our special thanks to our Kendal Mountain Literature Festival supporters – ColumbiaTreetop TreksCiceroneVango and HH Reeds

Festival Patron

We are honoured to have Robert Macfarlane 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 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  connection'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 celebrate this Festival in its second year."

The Great Gift of Freedom, National Trust Dedication ceremony © Fell and Rock Climbing Club
The Great Gift of Freedom, National Trust Dedication ceremony © Fell and Rock Climbing Club
Raynor Winn - The Salt Path
Raynor Winn - The Salt Path
Travels and Tours in Cumbria, the map appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine in 1751, accompanying an article by George Smith about the black lead mines in Borrowdale
Travels and Tours in Cumbria, the map appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine in 1751, accompanying an article by George Smith about the black lead mines in Borrowdale
Waymaking - Book Launch
Waymaking - Book Launch
Graham Hoyland, Yeti - An Abominable History
Graham Hoyland, Yeti - An Abominable History
Max Leonard - Higher Calling
Max Leonard - Higher Calling
This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth  and Women’s Mountaineering
This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth and Women’s Mountaineering

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