Kendal Mountain Literature Festival: Call for Submissions
- Thursday 20th June 2019
June 20th; 2019
Kendal Mountain Literature Festival are calling for submissions related to ‘inclusivity’.
Clive Allen from the organising team at the Kendal Mountain Literature festival has been in touch with the Climber team to promote a call for submissions related to inclusivity. Anyone interested in submitting should do so before August 16th. The full details are below…
Kendal Mountain Festival’s literary programme is ‘opening the mountain’ to under-represented social categories, with a request for participation.
Kendal Mountain Literature Festival is a fast-growing element of the main Festival, exploring and celebrating our relationship and connection with landscape, nature, people, and place. Each November, a diverse programme features some of the UK’s foremost authors of nature, landscape and mountain literature.
For 2019, a new element ‘Open Mountain: inclusion and connection’ will raise questions about who is allowed in, or shut out of particular places and conversations about those places; and why. The intention is to change those conversations: to open the mountain to everyone.
Submissions are sought for five 5-minute performances relating to how you may experience the natural world, what the idea of Open Mountain means to you, your experiences of exclusion and inclusion in the landscape, and what shuts you out - or welcomes you - to certain places. Entries will be 200-500 words responding to these questions, or up to 1000 words of prose, or two pages of poetry. Entries should be submitted as a Word document or PDF with the subject line ‘Open Mountain Submission’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is midnight Friday 16th August, and the five selected writers will be informed by 16th September.
The organisers will particularly welcome submissions from people under-represented in mountain and outdoor literature, including low-income and working-class writers, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, LGBTQ+ writers and disabled writers.
Festival patron Robert Macfarlane said; “There are many reasons I'm glad to be patron of the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival, and here's a vital new one: the Open Mountain initiative, celebrating and supporting diverse voices for diverse places. Find out more, spread the word - and submit!”
About Kendal Mountain Literature Festival
Kendal Mountain Literature 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. Our diverse programme of events features some of the UK’s foremost authors of nature, landscape and mountain literature.
Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2019 takes place 14th-17th November. More information at mountainfest.co.uk/literaturefestival