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Mountain Literature Festival launches

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The 2019 Kendal Mountain Literature Festival Programme has announced its line-up of authors and speakers.

The Literature Festival runs alongside the Kendal Mountain Festival from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th November 2019 and will feature over 30 events including: spoken-word, photography, poetry, autobiography and illustration from the world of nature, travel and adventure writing.

Festival Curator Paul Scully said: “This year’s Festival is ‘a chance to explore and celebrate our relationship and connection with landscape, nature, people, and place. We want to bring all that imagination and experience; whether embodied or virtual, to provoke, inspire, and ensure the survival of wilderness and creativity.”

US writer Dierdre Wolownick-Honnold will share her new memoir The Sharp End of Life – A Mother’s Story. At fifty-eight, inspired by her son – free-climber Alex Honnold – Dierdre took up rock climbing and became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan.

Julian Hoffman’s latest book Irreplaceable – is a “timely reminder of the vital connections between humans and nature”. There will also be an evening with photographer Ben Tibbets presenting his spectacular Alpenglow photography from the highest peaks in the European Alps.

For cycling fans there is a celebration of the Rough Stuff Fellowship Archive – the oldest off-road cycling club in the world. As well as endurance cyclist Emily Chappell sharing her story of transformation from London cycle courier to cross-continental bike racer in her new book Where There’s a Will.

Author Richard King will present his new work The Lark Ascending on Saturday morning and there will be a spectacular mountain inspired performance with opera singer Peter Van Hulle and pianist Michael Cayton taking to the stage on Saturday evening with Mountain and Music.

The story of mountaineer Edmund Hillary will be presented by Edmund’s close friend for nearly 50 years – Michael Gill.

Open Mountain will showcase five winning works from an open call for submissions from people underrepresented in mountain and outdoor literature. And the event will also include the Boardman Tasker Awards evening, which the Festival hosts each year.

kendalmountainfestival.com/events.

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