Award-winning writer Faye Latham joins us on stage to talk about her new book 'British Mountaineers'.
In a fascinating conversation which discusses the politics of erasure and the power of paint, Faye interrogates our relationship with a history of mountaineering which prioritises certain stories and, in so doing, rewrites and removes others entirely. Flipping the male dominated genre of climbing literature on its head, Faye takes the audience on a journey into the page and under the mountain to encourage everyone to carve their own space in the history books.
Taking F. S. Smythe’s 1942 historical text of the same title, Faye uses Tippex and artwork to transform the original pages and rework them into poetry. The result is a new story told from the perspective of an avalanche victim, buried beneath the white paint.
There will be a book signing straight after the event.
British Mountaineers will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.
Faye will be in conversation with writer Anna Fleming, author of Time on Rock.
Published by Little Peak Press.
'With this work of art, Faye Latham turns the act of erasure in climbing history upon itself, invoking the often-hidden presences of the lost and the suppressed, the missing and the expunged. The result is at once luminous, haunting, and unforgettable—the kind of book that changes how you see the mountains and the world.' — Katie Ives, author of Imaginary Peaks
About Faye Latham
Faye is a poet and rock climber based in the Lake District. She loves spending time in the mountains, whether that be climbing, cycling or swimming. In January 2020 she was awarded the Literature Wales Bursary for Writers Under 25 to support the development of her poetry, which resulted in her work being published in Lumin Journal, the 'CTC Rewilding Anthology, The Cambridge Literary Review and on UKClimbing.com.