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Boardman Tasker Award

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

15

1:00pm

The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature is the premier mountain literature award worldwide.

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AlpenGlow

Shakespeare Centre

2019

Nov

15

7:00pm

Discover photographs, drawings and stories from the highest peaks of the European Alps with mountaineering photographer Ben Tibbets.

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The Willowherb Review

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

15

7:00pm

Join Jessica J Lee and the Willowherb Review to celebrate nature writing by emerging and established writers of colour with a focus on place, environment, and nature with Amanda Thomson and Jay G Ying.

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Out of the Woods

Shackleton Tent

2019

Nov

15

9:00pm

Luke Turner joins us to share his new work, Out of the Woods. Turning the nature memoir genre upon its head... it is a honest, haunting and moving memoir about sexuality, shame and the lure of the trees.

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Everest England

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

16

9:30am

Embark on your personal 'Everest' without leaving England's green and pleasant land. Enjoy inspiring hill walking tales with BBC TV presenter and celebrity vicar Peter Owen Jones.

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Rough Stuff Fellowship Archive

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

9:30am

Come and celebrate the exploits of the Rough-Stuff Fellowship. Founded in 1955, it’s the oldest off-road cycling club in the world. This book celebrates their style and their spirit. It is a document not only of the history of cycling off the beaten track, but of British outdoor culture.

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Further Than It Looks

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

11:30am

Join Joy Howard from the Grey Hen Press and special guests including Kerry Darbishire, Kate Davis, Caroline Gilfillan and Hilary Tattershall as they read from this wonderful new poetry anthology celebrating the splendour of mountains and exploring our relationship with them.

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Where There's a Will

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

16

11:30am

Endurance cyclist Emily Chappell joins us to share her new book a story of transformation from London cycle courier to cross-continental bike racer, testing the limits of resilience and endurance.

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Crack Climbing: The Definitive Guide

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

16

1:30pm

In this one off exclusive event renowned crack climber, author and Wide Boyz Pete Whittaker shares his brand new book The Definitive Guide to Crack Climbing.

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The Lark Ascending

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

1:30pm

Join Richard King on a lyrical exploration into the history of the British countryside told through the relationship between music and landscape.

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Irreplaceable

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

16

3:30pm

Join author Julian Hoffman, for a talk on his latest book, a powerful and tender call to arms to save our wild places and irreplaceable habitats. A timely reminder of the vital connections between humans and nature, and all that we stand to lose in terms of wonder and wellbeing.

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Paul Preuss

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

3:30pm

Life and death at the birth of free-climbing, coming over from Canada David Smart joins us to share his biography of the renowned and compelling Austrian alpinist Paul Preuss.

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Edmund Hillary - The Biography

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

5:30pm

Michael Gill shares his new work: Edmund Hillary - A Biography. Michael was a close friend of Edmund for nearly 50 years and goes further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man.

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Open Mountain

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

16

5:30pm

Join Polly Atkin, Anita Sethi and Kate Davis talk about ‘Open Mountain: inclusion and connection’ The event will raise questions about who is allowed in or shut out of particular places and conversations about those places, and why. We want to change those conversations: to open the mountain to everyone.

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Mountain and Music

Shakespeare Centre

2019

Nov

16

7:00pm

Mountains and the upland landscape have always been an integral influence to musicians going back centuries. Join opera singer Peter Van Hulle and pianist Michael Cayton for a mountain inspired performance.

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Quest into the Unknown

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

16

7:30pm

Join Tony Howard to discover the jaw-dropping account of a life of adventure that is the very definition of true exploration. Tony has dedicated his life to travelling the world in search of unclimbed rock faces and remote trekking adventures.

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A Celebration of Ruskin

Shakespeare Centre

2019

Nov

17

9:30am

2019 is the bicentenary of the visionary art critic, writer, artist and thinker John Ruskin. In this exclusive and wonderful event presented by Lancaster University and The Ruskin we explore and celebrate Ruskin's extraordinary life and legacy.

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Blood, Sweat and Smears

Brewery Arts Centre Studio

2019

Nov

17

9:30am

Gary Gibson is a prolific climber who is well known throughout the UK for his new routing. In fact, with almost 5000 to his name there's a good chance you've climbed one of them! Gary joins us to share his climbing memories.

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Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

17

10:30am

Catrina Davies shares her memoir of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, a comment on class, economics, belonging, mental health and nature, and a thoughtful examination of what we mean by ‘home’.

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I Hate the Lake District

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

17

10:30am

Join Charlie Gere as he offers a different version of the rural environment from those found in much contemporary nature writing. In I Hate the Lake District, Gere challenges the bourgeois pastoralism of popular nature writing and reveals the landscape of North West England as profoundly unnatural and strange.

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Hanna Tuulikki

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

17

12:30pm

Join Scottish artist, composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki as she shares her multi-disciplinary art with us. Hanna works with the voice and gesture, to re-imagine resonant stories of contemporary relevance.

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Marie Duval's Mountaineering Bustle

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

17

12:30pm

Simon Grennan will delight us with a rollercoaster introduction to the vicissitudes of Victorian bustles and mountain climbing, corsets, crampons and filthy foreign money, as seen by Marie Duval.

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Tethera by Cumbria Youth Dance

Brewery Arts Centre Studio

2019

Nov

17

2:15pm

An exciting opportunity to watch Topos: Tethera - a unique piece of vertical choreography, exploring the relationship between climbing and dance, on the big screen!  And to hear from those behind the film.

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Footnotes

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

17

2:30pm

A walking journey round Britain in the company of great writers, Peter Fiennes joins us to share an illuminating journey into Britain’s landscape past and present.

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Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

17

2:30pm

Welcome to the middle of nowhere. Join Dan Richards as he journeys to some of the world’s less-traveled places. An exploration of the outposts set along the edges of civilisation and the impact that visiting these has on the human spirit.

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The Sharp End of Life: A Mother's Story

Kendal Town Hall

2019

Nov

17

2:30pm

Coming over from the USA, join us as we welcome Deirdre Wolownick to share her new memoir The Sharp End of Life. Inspired by her son, Alex Honnold, at 66, Dierdre became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan. A honest, passionate and captivating read.

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Diary of the Last Man

Abbot Hall Social Centre

2019

Nov

17

4:30pm

Diary of the Last Man - a film and poetry reading with award-winning poet Robert Minhinnick and film director Eamon Bourke. Robert Mihinnick was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2017 and has been described as 'one of the most important poets of these turbulent times’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

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The Frayed Atlantic Edge

Brewery Arts Centre Malt Room

2019

Nov

17

4:30pm

Over the course of a year, leading historian and nature writer David Gange kayaked the weather-ravaged coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland from north to south: every cove, sound, inlet, island. The story of his journey is one of staggering adventure, range and beauty.

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