Boardman Tasker Award

The Shortlisted Authors Event for The Boardman Tasker Award

Hosted by Stephen Venables

Friday 15th November 2019 | 13.00 – 17.30 | Malt Room

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. Join us to find out who will be the 36th winner of the coveted Boardman Tasker Award...

The shortlisted books are:
• No Easy Way by Mick Fowler
• Lands Of Lost Borders by Kate Harris
Inner Ranges by Geoff Powter
Paul Preuss by David Smart
Hangdog Days by Jeff Smoot
The Equilibrium Line by David Wilson

We're delighted to welcome all of the shortlisted authors to Kendal for this event.
The afternoon is hosted by Stephen Venables. Stephen will chat with shortlisted authors and will include readings from the authors. This will be followed by the Chair of Judges announcing the 2019 winner. This year there were 38 books submitted from eight different countries and the 2019 judges are novelist Roger Hubank (chair), editor-in-chief of Alpinist Katie Ives and climber & bibliophile Tony Shaw, all of whom will be present.


‘Poems inspired by climbing.’ An outstanding second collection by the poet and novelist examining ambition, failure, risk and where to draw the line in settings ranging from the gritstone crags to the Alps and further afield.


An engaging account of the changes that took place in American rock climbing in the ‘70s and ‘80s told with great verve, through the stories of some fascinating characters from dyed-in-the-wool bottom-up traditionalists to top-down rap-bolters.


An account of the life and death of the influential Austrian climber who soloed many first ascents In the Eastern Alps scorning artificial aids in preference for an ethically pure Alpine style.


A wide-ranging anthology of essays and articles by the prize-winning Canadian climber and journalist reflecting his life-long affair with mountains and mountain people.


A gripping account of an epic journey, fraught with difficulties and dangers, made by the writer and her partner following the old Silk Road through many different countries.


A third volume of memoirs of mountaineering in the greater ranges, written in Fowler’s inimitable style; self-deprecating, understated, never taking himself too seriously while at the same time conveying that what he is engaged in is very serious indeed.

Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by awarding the annual Award for Mountain Literature. On 17 May 1982 Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker were last seen on Mount Everest attempting to traverse The Pinnacles on the unclimbed North East Ridge at around 8250 metres. Their deaths marked the end of their contribution to a remarkable era in British mountaineering. Pete and Joe left a record of mountaineering achievements that was outstanding for its time. As well as their climbing achievements they also left us their books, recognised as classics of the genre and still selling steadily in various formats after almost forty years. The Boardman Tasker Award highlights afresh the memory of Pete and Joe, but it also seeks to do more than just that. The Award recognises and rewards outstanding literature concerned with the mountain environment. The winner of the Boardman Tasker Award is a book that Pete and Joe would be proud of being associated with.

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