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.'
Kendal Mountain Literature Festival Patron
Thank you to everyone who joined us!
If you missed our 2019 Festival, you can view our Literature programme and explore the incredible line-up of events we hosted at Kendal Mountain Festival 2019.Explore our Literature Programme
Presented by Tree Top Trek
Inspiring a new generation! Bright, funny, educational – our Children's Literature programme grows each year and for 2019 we had 7 sell out events in our new Children's Story Camp at the Brewery Arts Centre.
Mountain Art at Kendal
Art remains an integral part of Kendal Mountain Festival and for 2019 we were delighted to share with you a diverse range of artwork from talented local and national artists. Dive in and enjoy each artist’s contribution to the ‘Outdoor’ genre and their personal celebration of landscape, nature and place.Find out more
Open Mountain: inclusion and connection
ENTRIES WILL OPEN JULY 2020
Open Mountain as a project is focused on inclusion in and connection with wild places, and on redefining mountain literatures and cultures to include voices and experiences often excluded or invalidated.Find out more
With thanks to our Literature Presenting partner Fjällräven. Fjällräven is an outdoor clothing and equipment company that’s committed to making nature more accessible. In true Swedish style, they focus on simplicity and practicality, and they have the utmost respect for the environment.Discover Fjällräven
Delve into our bookcase
Our 'Reviewer in Residence' shares thoughts on the latest and greatest books from the outdoor genre.Read the latest reviews