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International Women’s Day marked with announcement of new anthology set to redress the gender balance in outdoor adventure literature

Thursday, 8th March 2018

The centenary anniversary of the suffragette movement has meant 2018 has begun with gender equality high on everyone’s media agenda. Vertebrate Publishing are delighted to announce Waymaking, a timely anthology of prose, poetry and artwork from fifty women inspired by nature and the outdoors, which aims to reform the gender balance in outdoor adventure literature.

Inspired by Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet and Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, which set a precedent for women writing about wilderness, Waymaking includes contributions by Alpinist Editor Katie Ives, award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, adventurers Anna McNuff and Hazel Findlay and many more. The artists and writers in this collection prove that these girls can, and they do.

Royalties from the sales of Waymaking will be split equally between the John Muir Trust and Rape Crisis, helping to conserve our wild places and raise awareness of the problem of sexual violence in our society and others.

The book will be published by Vertebrate Publishing on 6 September 2018 and edited by Claire Carter, Helen Mort, Heather Dawe and Camilla Barnard.

Commenting on the disparity between the number of adventure books written by men and women, Vertebrate’s managing director, Jon Barton, said, ‘Though we actively seek out female authors and aim never to publish a guidebook without photos of both male and female athletes, the majority of our titles are written by and read by men. Statistics tell us that women read more than men, and you only have to go down to your local climbing wall or Park Run to see how many women take part in adventure sports. Yet mountain narratives fail to engage female readers. With Waymaking we hope to help redress this balance and inspire more female adventurers to get out there, and to tell their stories’.

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