Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

We've grown our Literature Festival to become an interwoven and much loved part of the Festival weekend and each year we host a selection of wonderful wordsmiths and artists.

Spoken-word, photography, poetry, autobiography, illustration – through its many wonderful forms – literature and art awakens our imagination and transports us to landscapes on all corners of our planet. 

  • 'The Kendal Mountain Literature 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.'

    Robert Macfarlane

    Kendal Mountain Literature Festival Patron


You're not going to want to miss this one!

With over 30 separate literature and art based sessions, grab your friends and book your tickets. Buy 4 or more Literature tickets and get 10% off (excluding the Boardman Tasker awards).

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Call for submissions

Open Mountain: inclusion and connection

We want to open the mountain to everyone and we're on the look our for five five-minute performance slots.

Enter your work



Grab your friends and plan your Festival weekend, Literature tickets are selling quickly.

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Book Reviews

Delve into our bookcase

Our 'Reviewer in Residence' shares thoughts on the latest and greatest books from the outdoor genre.

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Children's Literature

Inspiring a new generation

Bright, funny, educational – our Children's Literature programme grows each year and you won't want to miss our 2019 line up! Full information coming soon.

Boardman Tasker Award

Shortlisted works to be revealed soon

Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by presenting the annual Award for Mountain Literature, presented to the author of an original work, which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.

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Photography competition

Each year we host a much loved photography competition with the winning images displayed across Festival Basecamp. Entries open soon.

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Art and Performance

Art is an integral part of our Festival and each year we showcase a diverse range of artwork from talented local and national artists. On display in and around the Brewery Arts Centre, take a moment to enjoy each artist's personal celebration of landscape, nature and place.

Festival Book Shop

Find our comprehensive Festival Bookshop in the grounds of the Brewery Arts Centre.