Open Mountain: Inclusion and Connection

Open Mountain: Inclusion and Connection is a new voice in mountain and outdoor literature. A panel discussion with performance prose and poetry, our event will showcase people under-represented in the outdoors. 

Following an open call for submissions, we will be showcasing  5 selected pieces of written work. We have welcomed submissions from low-income and working-class writers, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, LGBTQ+ writers and disabled writers.

Supported by the John Muir Trust, Join writer and journalist Anita Sethi and poets Polly Atkin and Kate Davis as they discuss ‘Open Mountain'. An event that 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.

The mountain is open to everyone.

We were overwhelmed and deeply impressed by the breadth, range, and quality of work submitted, and wished we could include more of it. We are delighted to invite to the stage : CMarie Fuhrman - co-editor of Native Voices, an anthology of Native American poetry. Writer Claudine Toutoungi, poet Asim Khan, walking guide and writer Ange Harker and author Kate Davies.

One event not to miss! 

About the judges

Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK and is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster who has written for national and international newspapers and magazines including the Guardian and Observer, the i paper, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The National, New Statesman, Granta, Harpers Bazaar, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Travel among others.  In broadcasting she has appeared as a guest critic and commentator, panellist and co-presenter on several channels including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service, and ABC Australia.
Polly Atkin lives in Grasmere. She grew up in Nottingham, then lived in East London for seven years before moving to the North West. She has taught English Literature and Creative Writing at QMUL, Lancaster University, the University of Cumbria, and most recently at the University of Strathclyde.Her debut collection of poetry Basic Nest Architecture was published in February 2017 by Seren. She is a Penguin Random House WriteNow mentee in 2018, being supported in writing a non-fiction book on chronic illness, place and belonging.
Kate Davis was born on the Furness peninsular and still lives in Barrow. For the past twenty years she has studied, written and taught poetry. Her poems have been published in Iota and Muse, broadcast on BBC radio and printed on shopping bags. Her stories have been installed in street furniture, in the primates section of Manchester Museum’s natural history display and installed at Art Gene and Heron Mill. She gained an MA in Poetry from MMU in 2011 and in 2013 was awarded a Northern Writers Award. Her first collection, The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk was published by Penned in the Margins in June 2018.

Supported by the John Muir Trust