On September 18th, the London Mountain Film Festival is hosting a special event in London which includes a programme of author talks and interviews which will inspire you to explore the natural world and push those boundaries!
Books about adventure can take you on a broad range of journeys but what they have in common is the absolute joy that human beings can experience when challenging themselves to go as far as they can, often in the harshest of environments.
Open water, icy landscapes, crazy distances, big beautiful skies, the unknown … whatever draws you to adventure or the wellbeing that comes with it, these authors share your passion and each of these specially selected books offers a window to another world.
Come along and be inspired!
In Blue Spaces Dr Catherine Kelly explores our emotional connection to water and the therapeutic benefits of cold water swimming that many of us have recently discovered. Using her own story of grief and healing through blue spaces, Catherine combines scientific research with personal stories and practical exercises to understand how water can improve our physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Catherine is Director of the Wild Beach School in Brighton, passionate about the social benefits of open water swimming & a proud member of a local wellbeing group, The Salty Seabirds.
Tom Kerrs is an astronomer, astrophotographer and an avid stargazer, and he is passionate about encouraging and inspiring urbarn astronomy. He is the author of several popular astronomy books including this companion guide, Stargazing and his excellent children's book, YOU CAN explore the universe. In the Northern Lights, Tom explores this natural wonder, the mythology and science, and provides a practical guide to forecasting the auroras and tips on successful photography.
In 2016 Elise Downing became the youngest person, and first woman, to run around the coast of Britain. She had no experience of ultra-running but felt drawn to the challenge as an antidote to the stresses and anxieties of modern life. With a twist on the classic travel book, Coasting tells the story of her adventure and wonderfully captures the beauty and the wild nature of our coastline. Find out how Elise planned (she didn't) and coped (with the kindness of strangers and her own tenacity) and let her enthusiasm inspire you.
From the basic techniques to SUP surfing and paddleboard yoga, The Paddleboard Bible is an essential guide to the fastest growing watersport in the world. Author, Dave Price is a certified SUP instructor and expedition leader and uses his skills and passion to provide an all-emcompassing guide to paddleboarding, the essential equipment, places to go and how to plan your own routes. There are also chapters on spotting wildlife, understanding tides and currents, paddling through the seasons and biosecurity. A comprehensive guide for new and experienced paddleboarders - and a great introduction for those curious to try.
Belinda Kirk is an enthusiastic ambassador of the benefits of living more adventurously. Her own adventures have seen her walk through Nicaragua, row around Britain and sail across the Atlantic and through these challenges she has experienced life-changing benefits, happiness and boost to wellbeing. Driven to share her message, she established Explorers Connect which has encouraged more than 30k people to try an outdoor quest and she has led numerous expeditions and youth development challenges. Adventure Revolution is a clarion call to join the adventure movement, to choose challenge, overcome our fears and live a more rewarding and spirited life.
You can find a full list of the film and author events at www.londonmountainfestival.com/lmffevents