Moving Mountains is a new project that brings together nature writing with people living with chronic illness and physical disability. The project has secured Arts Council England funding which will allow us to compile a manuscript of new work by twenty-five writers and artists. Commissioned authors include Barbellion Prize shortlisted Khairani Barokka and Abi Palmer, along with new and established writers, poets, essayists, artists and song writers: Isobel Anderson, Kerri Andrews, Polly Atkin, Victoria Bennett, Feline Charpentier, Cat Chong, Eli Clare, Dawn Cole, Lorna Crabbe, Kate Davis, Carol Donaldson, Alec Finlay, Jamie Hale, Jane Hartshorn, Hannah Hodgson, Rowan Jaines, Dillon Jaxx, Sally Huband, Louise Kenward, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Marcus Sedgwick, Alice Tarbuck and Nic Wilson.
This much needed book will, for the first time, collate the relationship to the more-than human world from the perspective of those of us who cannot ignore the bodies that we live in, who do not move through the world unhindered by our physical form, and for whom climbing mountains and trekking through rough terrain is often out of reach. It will offer the close up, the microscopic, and the vast. Moving Mountains is not about overcoming or conquering, but living with and connecting. Moving Mountains will showcase a fantastic collection of wonderful writing while shifting your attention to the things easily overlooked by those of us who travel through the world untroubled by the body that carries them.
The funding from Arts Council England also enables us to run a programme of workshops, which will be free to all. We are currently working with a number of literary, nature and disability groups to put together a full and inclusive programme through 2022. Partners and supporters of Moving Mountains include: Arvon, The Barbellion Prize, Chronic Illness Inclusion, Festival of Nature, Gingko Prize, Kendal Mountain Literary Festival, Little Toller, Nan Shepherd Prize, The Poetry School, POTS UK, The Resting Up Collective, Society of Authors (ADCI), the South Downs National Park Authority, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Wealden Literary Festival, and more…
A programme of events is published on the workshops page, we are updating this as quickly as we can to add links to recorded sessions and links where you can book for upcoming workshops.
We look forward to seeing you soon!