Waymaking - An Avening of Women's Adventure Writing & Art
AN EVENING OF WOMEN'S ADVENTURE WRITING AND ART
DATE: TUE APR 9TH 2019
COST: £17.50 / £12.50 CONCESSIONS. TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA THE BUXTON OPERA HOUSE WEBSITE
Join us for an evening of women’s adventure writing and art. Waymaking is an anthology and now community of creators collected by award wining publishers ‘Vertebrate’. Carrying on the work of Gwen Moffat and Nan Shepard, these creatives demonstrate that a women’s wild experiences can be adventurous, feminine and un-gendered, but definitely personal and unbounded. Award-winning filmmaker, writer and contributing editor Claire Carter will compere contributors readings and an engaged discussion of the highs, lows and private moments of their wild and creative experiences.
About the book:
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.