Waymaking: women's adventure anthology reaches £12k target

Posted by Peter Burnside on 08/05/2018

Vertebrate Publishing's Kickstarter campaign reaches its £12,000 goal for Waymaking, the new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art.

Planning to be released this October, Vertebrate Publishing aims to mark the centenary year of women’s suffrage and ongoing discussions about gender issues in the media. The book will feature contributions from over 50 writers and artists, including award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, world-leading climber Hazel Findlay, and adventurers Sarah Outen and Anna McNuff.

Now, having reached its Kickstarter goal of £12,000, Waymaking will be produced in partnership with outdoor-gear company Alpkit. Camilla Barnard, editor and contributor to Waymaking, said: "Alpkit are the perfect partner for us, they have a great reputation for making excellent outdoor gear for women, having them support this clearly underlines their commitment to help everybody enjoy the outdoors."

The Waymaking story

While 2018 has seen a surge in books written by women for women hitting the shops, one area still largely underrepresented by female voices is the outdoor adventure genre. As the UK’s leading publisher of outdoor adventure titles, Vertebrate Publishing aims to address this imbalance with Waymaking.

Commenting on the disparity between the number of adventure books written by men and women, Vertebrate’s managing director, Jon Barton said, ‘While we actively seek out female authors and never aim to publish a guidebook without photos of both male and female athletes, the majority of our books are written and read by men. At the moment we’re missing fifty per cent of the voices of adventurers and nature lovers. We hope to redress this balance with Waymaking and inspire other women to get out there and to tell their stories.’

All royalties from the sales of Waymaking will be split equally between the John Muir Trust and Rape Crisis, helping to conserve our wild places and raise awareness for the problem of sexual violence in our society and others. Funding raised via Kickstarter will support production and marketing costs.

FIND OUT MORE: On the Kickstarter page


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