Vertebrate Publishing titles selected for Boardman Tasker Award shortlist and as Banff Mountain Book Competition category finalists 2019
- Thursday 3 October 2019
Waymaking, an anthology of prose, poetry and art by women inspired by wild places and outdoor adventure; Greg Chapman’s LakesBloc guidebook Lake District Bouldering; and No Easy Way, the third volume of memoirs by mountaineer Mick Fowler have been selected as category finalists for this year’s Banff Mountain Book Competition. This is the second award shortlisting for No Easy Way which is also in the running for the 2019 Boardman Tasker Award.
Published by independent publisher Vertebrate Publishing, Waymaking and No Easy Way were shortlisted in the Mountain Literature category and Lake District Bouldering was shortlisted in the Guidebook category of the Banff Mountain Book competition. These sit alongside twenty-six other titles the award judges consider as representing the best international mountain literature from the last six months.
Festival Director of The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, Joanna Croston said, 'Every year the book competition is inundated with outstanding entries and 2019 was no exception. After many months of reviewing 132 titles in seven categories, we have selected the top books in each category based on style, content, relevance and story as reviewed by a team of dedicated readers.'
The Boardman Tasker Award shortlisted No Easy Way among five other titles from a total of thirty submissions. The award judges said that the book is ‘written in Fowler’s inimitable style; self-deprecating, understated, never taking himself too seriously while at the same time conveying that what he is engaged in is very serious indeed.’
Mick Fowler commented, 'I am deeply flattered and can but thank the judges for organising everything and for completing the mammoth reading task and selecting No Easy Way for the shortlists.'
No Easy Way follows on from Vertical Pleasure and On Thin Ice and recounts a series of expeditions to remote Himalayan mountains. Lake District Bouldering builds on the LakesBloc website which was set up by in 2013 Greg Chapman – one of the pioneers of bouldering in the Lakes – with the aim of providing the best online information relating to the Lake District and the surrounding areas. Waymaking features contributions from over fifty writers and artists, adding to a growing collection of adventure books by women and helping to redress the gender balance in outdoor literature.
Both awards annually present an internationally recognised prize to authors or co-authors of an outstanding contribution to mountain literature, with the Banff competition awarding a prize fund of C$16,000 and the Kendal Mountain Festival’s Boardman Tasker Award offering a £3,000 prize to commemorate the lives of outstanding British mountaineers Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker.
Vertebrate titles have claimed these awards on several prior occasions: Tides by Nick Bullock won the Banff Mountain Literature Non-Fiction award in the Banff Mountain Book Competition in 2018, Art of Freedom by Bernadette McDonald won in the same category in 2017 and scooped the Boardman Tasker Award in the same year; and The Bondwon the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature and the Mountain and Wilderness Literature award in the Banff Mountain Book Competition in 2016.
The shortlist of category award winners for the Banff competition is announced in October every year. The winners are then eligible for the award's Grand Prize which is announced on Thursday 21 October at the festival. The winner of the Boardman Tasker Award will be announced at the award’s presentation on Friday 15 November 2019 at the Kendal Mountain Festival.