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Adventurous Waymaking Women

Adventurous Waymaking Women

Kickstarter campaign launched for new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art: Waymaking


Vertebrate Publishing has launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to build awareness about a new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art titled Waymaking.

The book will be released this October in a timely publication that marks the centenary year of women’s suffrage and ongoing discussions about gender issues in the media, and will feature contributions from over fifty writers and artists, including award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, world-leading climber Hazel Findlay, and adventurers Sarah Outen and Anna McNuff.

While 2018 has seen a surge in books written by women for women hitting the shops, one area still largely underrepresented by female voices is the outdoor adventure genre. As the UK’s leading publisher of outdoor adventure titles, Vertebrate Publishing aims to address this imbalance withWaymaking.

Commenting on the disparity between the number of adventure books written by men and women, Vertebrate’s managing director, Jon Barton said, ‘While we actively seek out female authors and never aim to publish a guidebook without photos of both male and female athletes, the majority of our books are written and read by men. At the moment we’re missing fifty per cent of the voices of adventurers and nature lovers. We hope to redress this balance with Waymakingand inspire other women to get out there and to tell their stories.’

All 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 for the problem of sexual violence in our society and others. Funding raised via Kickstarter will support production and marketing costs.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.do/WaymakingingonKickstarter

1 Comment
  • Katherine
    July 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I was excited to read about Waymarking and look forward to its release in Oct. I am a regular walker and very much a novice climber. I can scramble a bit and enjoy the bouldering wall at my local climbing gym. I live in the US but do walks and scrambles on holidays in the UK every year. Am just back from “ascents” of Snowdon and a few Lake District fells.
    My question about the woman’s voice in adventure literature and art is: How does our gender shape our experiences and attitudes toward adventure? A related question might be: How much? As a 56 year old in a traditionally male-dominated field (I am US Navy physician, so dually male might be more accurate), I’ve witnessed a huge change to gender equality during my time. Being female is no longer an issue, but my gender does inform my approach to medicine. So, what does this look like in climbing?

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