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Saturday 18th November, 2023
Brewery Arts Centre - Malt Room - Kendal
9:00pm (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour

Event Details

Well known to our audience as one of the founders of Kendal Mountain Festival and Director of the Festival until 2008, John Porter is also a renowned mountaineer with many first ascents in the greater ranges. He is the award winning author of Alex Macintyre’s biography 'One Day as a Tiger', a founding member of the Mountain Heritage Trust, has served as president of The Alpine Club, and is currently secretary of the Mountain Everest Foundation.

This visually stunning and thought-provoking lecture was first presented at the Banff Mountain Festival in 2022, where John’s book 'A Path of Shadows' was shortlisted in the literature competition. The lecture is a biographical record of the inspiration the author has found in over 60 years in his pastime of mountaineering and mountain culture, thinking through his varied life, exploring the natural world, physics, the threat of life’s extinction and family ties around the world.

John's book 'A Path of Shadows' will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.
There will be a book signing straight after the event.
Published by Little Peak Press.


“An evocative exploration of landscape and memory, observed from both the rational and romantic sides of the brain. Porter’s poetry is at once lyrical and searingly sharp.” - Bernadette McDonald