Our 2019 Literature Programme is now live, with over 30 events including spoken word, photography, poetry, autobiography and illustration from the world of nature, travel and adventure writing.

Highlights include: 

Dierdre Wolownick-Honnold from the USA will share her new memoir The Sharp End of Life – A Mother’s Story. At 58, inspired by her son – free-climber Alex Honnold – Dierdre took up rock climbing and became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan.

There will also be an evening of high alpine inspiration with photographer Ben Tibbets presenting his spectacular Alpenglow photography from the highest peaks in the European Alps.

Cycling fans are in for a treat with a celebration of the Rough Stuff Fellowship Archive – the oldest off-road cycling club in the world. Endurance cyclist Emily Chappell will share her story of transformation from London cycle courier to cross-continental bike racer in her new book Where There’s a Will.

There will also be an opportunity to take a musical journey through the British landscapes with author Richard King presenting his new work The Lark Ascending. Opera singer Peter Van Hulle and pianist Michael Cayton will take to the stage with a performance called Mountain and Music.

And Edmund Hillary's close friend of nearly 50 years, Michael Gill will talk about his new biography on the first man to reach the summit of Everest.