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 2017 Festival took place from 17th – 19th November and highlights included:

  • The launch of local author Karen Lloyd’s second book ‘The Blackbird Diaries’
  • Mountaineering legend, Sir Chris Bonington, sharing tales of triumph and tragedy in his truly inspirational memoir  ‘Ascent – A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge’
  • Veteran war correspondent Judith Matloff, investigating why so many conflicts occur at great heights in ‘The War is in the Mountains’