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Open Mountain returns.
An exciting panel discussion with performance prose and poetry aiming to showcase those underrepresented in the outdoors. Following our open call for submissions from all writers with a connection to nature – a chance to hear our favourite pieces performed.
In our third year our particular focus is on unlocking landscapes, big and small. What does it mean to you to gain access to a landscape, and how does it happen? Are there barriers to face, physical or psychological? We want to know about connections you have made with places and how you approach different green and living spaces, from plant-pots to local parks to mountain ranges and oceans. You could tell us about a place that makes you feel like there are no gates, no walls and no locks, or a place you’ve struggled to find the key to.
Submissions were sought from anyone who felt their voices and experiences were not currently reflected in mountain and outdoor literature, including Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, disabled writers, LGBTQ+ writers and low-income and working-class writers.
We welcomed submissions in any genre and style – including poetry, spoken word, nonfiction and fiction – so long as they focus on place, nature and/or outdoor cultures.
We have been overwhelmed and deeply impressed by the breadth, range, and quality of work submitted, and wished we could include more of it.
We will shortly be announcing the selected writers. Watch this space.
About Open Mountain
Open Mountain is a new voice in mountain and outdoor literature - a project to focus on inclusion in and connection with wild places, and on redefining mountain literatures & cultures to include voices & experiences often excluded or invalidated.
Created out of a discussion with poet Kate Davies and then developed with poet Polly Atkin and writer Anita Sethi and with support from Robert Macfarlane we want to change those conversations: to open the mountain to everyone.
Running time - 90 minutes