Waymaking

An anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art

Author: Melissa Harrison Helen Mort Claire Carter

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Paperback publication date: 04 Oct 2018

Paperback ISBN: 9781910240755

Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. With contributions from a variety of adventurers, it is an inspiring and pivotal work published in an era when wilderness conservation and gender equality are at the fore.

Winner: Mountain Literature (Non Fiction) The Jon Whyte Award, Banff Mountain Book Competition 2019 Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. Published in 1961, Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet tells the story of a woman who shirked the conventions of society and chose to live a life in the mountains. Some years later in 1977, Nan Shepherd published The Living Mountain, her prose bringing each contour of the Cairngorm mountains to life. These pioneering women set a precedent for a way of writing about wilderness that isn’t about conquering landscapes, reaching higher, harder or faster, but instead about living and breathing alongside them, becoming part of a larger adventure. The artists in this inspired collection continue Gwen and Nan’s legacies, redressing the balance of gender in outdoor adventure literature. Their creativity urges us to stop and engage our senses: the smell of rain-soaked heather, wind resonating through a col, the touch of cool rock against skin, and most importantly a taste of restoring mind, body and spirit to a former equanimity. With contributions from adventurers including Alpinist magazine editor Katie Ives, multi-award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, adventurers Sarah Outen and Anna McNuff, renowned filmmaker Jen Randall and many more, Waymaking is an inspiring and pivotal work published in an era when wilderness conservation and gender equality are at the fore.

Melissa Harrison is an author and critic. Her books have been shortlisted for prizes including the Costa novel of the year award, and longlisted for prizes including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Encore Award and the Wainwright Prize. Melissa writes a monthly Nature Notebook column in The Times and reviews books for publications including the Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, and The Telegraph.

Helen Mort is a writer, trail runner and climber who lives in Sheffield. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus. Her latest, No Map Could Show Them, explores the history of women’s mountaineering. She has been shortlisted for the Costa prize and the T.S. Eliot prize, and in 2014 won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize. Her first novel is forthcoming from Chatto in 2019. She is also the author of Lake District Trail Running and has written for Alpinist and Climb. In 2017, she was a judge for the Man Booker International Prize, and chair of judges for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature.

Claire Carter is a poet and creative writer, climber, runner and skier based in Sheffield. Claire works in a creative capacity for the National Trust, British Mountaineering Council and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, and is the Film Officer for the Kendal Mountain Festival. She has collaborated with the landscape artist Tessa Lyons on new work and events exploring wilderness, and in 2015 she collaborated with filmmaker Jen Randall on a film about Gwen Moffat, inspired by Moffat’s book Space Below My Feet. Operation Moffat went on to win many international awards, including People’s Choice at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

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