Welcome to the 2nd Open Mountain: Inclusion and Connection event. 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. 

Last year following an open call for submissions, we showcased 5 selected pieces of written work. We welcomed submissions from people under-represented in mountain and outdoor literature, including Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, disabled writers, LGBTQ+ writers and low-income and working-class writers.


Supported by the John Muir Trust, Judges Polly Atkin, Anita Sethi and Kate Davis discussed ‘Open Mountain'. The event raised 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 were delighted to invite to the stage : CMarie Fuhrman - co-editor of Native Voices,  an anthology of Native American poetry. Writer Claudine Tuotuongi, poet Asim Khan, walking guide and writer Ange Harker and author Kate Davies. We will be releasing an audio recording of it very soon. 

SUBMISSION DETAILS AND ENTRIES WILL BE LIVE IN JULY 2020. Please check back soon. 


About Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

Our literature festival is a chance to explore and celebrate our relationship and connection with landscape, nature, people, and place. We want to bring all that imagination and experience; whether embodied or virtual, to provoke, inspire, and ensure the survival of wilderness and creativity. Our diverse programme of events features some of the UK’s foremost authors of nature, landscape and mountain literature.