Robert Macfarlane is Patron of the Festival, and states:

“I am so proud to be a patron of the new Kendal Mountain Literature Festival – a celebration and exploration of our stories of place. I love the Lake District, the mountains – and all that this Festival stands. Its great theme is that of imagination’s relationship with landscape — and its great vision is to bring about participation by means of inspiration. So please come and join us here in Kendal, to launch this Festival in its first year.”

Chris Bonington - Ascent


The 2018 Festival will take place from 16th – 18th November and will include:

  • James Aldred – The Man Who Climbs Trees
  • This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers
  • The Great Gift of Freedom, National Trust Dedication ceremony
  • Raynor Winn – The Salt Path
  • The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature
  • The Book Launch of Extreme Scotland by Nadir Khan
  • The Book Launch of No Easy Way by Mick Fowler
  • William Atkins – Desert Places
  • Mark Cocker – Our Place: Can We Save British Nature Before it is Too Late?
  • A Children’s Literature programme for ages 6+