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Kendal Mountain Festival report06

The Kendal Mountain Festival of 2006 attracted 8000 thousand visitors and participants during the festival week.

Cicerone writer’s workshop ‘Turning Passion into Print’

This was the first of a series of three writing workshops during the first weekend of the festival, and we were delighted with the amount of interest shown, –unfortunately we had to turn people away once we had reached capacity. Four experienced authors guided the would-be guidebook writers through all aspects of guidebook writing, from getting your idea considered, through checking contracts, the fun and discipline of writing and research and the editing process. Attendees tried their hand at writing a short 'blurb' for a back cover of a book, and feedback was given within small groups. Thanks to everyone who came along, and for your valuable feedback. We will look to modify the format in the light of your feedback, and to those of you who would like to learn more, we will let you know when the next workshop will be running.
Two of our authors, Kev Reynolds and Gillian Price, enjoyed a typically 'sunny' day on the hills after the workshop! The picture shows them on their walk, admiring the view...

Book Festival Lecture Series

Book Festival Lecture SeriesDuring the week of the festival, we were treated to various discussions and presentations, on subjects as wide-ranging as Benedict Allen's adventures, a book launch for 'Summit', a celebration of 150 years of the Alpine Club, in which George Band (youngest member of John Hunt's original team that conquered Everest) was in conversation with Stephen Venables, the current President of the Alpine Club. Other events included a discussion between David Roberts (author of 'On the Ridge Between Life and Death') and Ed Douglas, with Maria Coffey. This was an emotional and thought-provoking discussion on the risks of climbing and the effects of climbing tragedies on those who are left behind. Finally there were two more intimate events held in the Kendal Library, one looking at the impact of three generations of the Heaton Cooper family of Lakeland painters, the other an evening with Sir Chris Bonington and his life as a writer – as well as a mountaineer! This proved to be a delightful evening revealing a unique insight into the less public face of one of our best-known mountaineers.

Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

This was the first year for this prestigious award to be held at Kendal. The first part of the afternoon presented the shortlist for 2006,
Arlene Blum - Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life
Jimmy Cruickshank - High Endeavours: The Life and Legend of Robin Smith
Charles Lind - An Afterclap of Fate: Mallory on Everest
Jim Perrin - The Climbing Essays
Graham Wilson - A Rope of Writers: a look at mountaineering literature in Britain

This years winner was by Charles Lind 'An Afterclap of Fate: Mallory on Everest'.

For details of The Kendal Mountain Film Festival, and this years winners, click the link here to go to the festival website.

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