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Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. Published in 1961, Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet tells the story of a woman who shirked the conventions of society and chose to live a life in the mountains. Some years later in 1977, Nan Shepherd published The Living Mountain, her prose bringing eac Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. Published in 1961, Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet tells the story of a woman who shirked the conventions of society and chose to live a life in the mountains. Some years later in 1977, Nan Shepherd published The Living Mountain, her prose bringing each contour of the Cairngorm mountains to life. These pioneering women set a precedent for a way of writing about wilderness that isn’t about conquering landscapes, reaching higher, harder or faster, but instead about living and breathing alongside them, becoming part of a larger adventure. The artists in this inspired collection continue Gwen and Nan’s legacies, redressing the balance of gender in outdoor adventure literature. Their creativity urges us to stop and engage our senses: the smell of rain-soaked heather, wind resonating through a col, the touch of cool rock against skin, and most importantly a taste of restoring mind, body and spirit to a former equanimity. With contributions from adventurers including Alpinist magazine editor Katie Ives, multi-award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, adventurers Sarah Outen and Anna McNuff, renowned filmmaker Jen Randall and many more, Waymaking is an inspiring and pivotal work published in an era when wilderness conservation and gender equality are at the fore.


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Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. Published in 1961, Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet tells the story of a woman who shirked the conventions of society and chose to live a life in the mountains. Some years later in 1977, Nan Shepherd published The Living Mountain, her prose bringing eac Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. Published in 1961, Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet tells the story of a woman who shirked the conventions of society and chose to live a life in the mountains. Some years later in 1977, Nan Shepherd published The Living Mountain, her prose bringing each contour of the Cairngorm mountains to life. These pioneering women set a precedent for a way of writing about wilderness that isn’t about conquering landscapes, reaching higher, harder or faster, but instead about living and breathing alongside them, becoming part of a larger adventure. The artists in this inspired collection continue Gwen and Nan’s legacies, redressing the balance of gender in outdoor adventure literature. Their creativity urges us to stop and engage our senses: the smell of rain-soaked heather, wind resonating through a col, the touch of cool rock against skin, and most importantly a taste of restoring mind, body and spirit to a former equanimity. With contributions from adventurers including Alpinist magazine editor Katie Ives, multi-award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, adventurers Sarah Outen and Anna McNuff, renowned filmmaker Jen Randall and many more, Waymaking is an inspiring and pivotal work published in an era when wilderness conservation and gender equality are at the fore.

30 review for Waymaking: An Anthology of Women's Adventure Writing, Poetry and Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth

    Read on Kindle Unlimited! This anthology was a surprise find for me, as I was browsing on the KU side of Amazon UK. All women writers, with a range of pictures, prose and poetry (the three Ps as I like to call it), all coming together for one very enjoyable book. There was lots of travel and adventure included throughout. I really need to go to Europe backpacking since this read gave me the vibes to do so! A range of emotional stories both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I highly applaud everyone Read on Kindle Unlimited! This anthology was a surprise find for me, as I was browsing on the KU side of Amazon UK. All women writers, with a range of pictures, prose and poetry (the three Ps as I like to call it), all coming together for one very enjoyable book. There was lots of travel and adventure included throughout. I really need to go to Europe backpacking since this read gave me the vibes to do so! A range of emotional stories both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I highly applaud everyone who came together to make this collection happen!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Chilton

    A book for dipping into. It is a compilation of prose and poetry, written by women about their experience in, and feelings for, the environment. I can't say I liked the content universally, but there were some very moving and engaging pieces. The production, layout and artwork are all exemplary. I knew the work of some contributors already, but it was a real bonus to have the work all the new (to me) authors in one beautiful book. Also interesting to see several crowdsourced projects following t A book for dipping into. It is a compilation of prose and poetry, written by women about their experience in, and feelings for, the environment. I can't say I liked the content universally, but there were some very moving and engaging pieces. The production, layout and artwork are all exemplary. I knew the work of some contributors already, but it was a real bonus to have the work all the new (to me) authors in one beautiful book. Also interesting to see several crowdsourced projects following this one's trajectory.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vasilis

    This book is a compilation of short stories/prose and poetry with contributions from a variety of writers, with the focus on the outdoors and adventure. The quality is variable (kind of logical since various people contributed), but mostly good with a couple of very emotional pieces.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Take a quick look round the outdoors adventure lit sections of Waterstones or Amazon (other book retailers are available), and you’ll notice a conspicuous absence of women’s stories. It’s an unsurprisingly male dominated genre, full of derring-do, enduring, summitting, battling extreme conditions. Everest, Sir Bonington, Scott of the Antarctic. There’s Fiennes and Fogle - hard stares, gritty expressions and icicles in their beards. Levison Wood, Kenton Cool and Bear Grylls, meanwhile, are in the Take a quick look round the outdoors adventure lit sections of Waterstones or Amazon (other book retailers are available), and you’ll notice a conspicuous absence of women’s stories. It’s an unsurprisingly male dominated genre, full of derring-do, enduring, summitting, battling extreme conditions. Everest, Sir Bonington, Scott of the Antarctic. There’s Fiennes and Fogle - hard stares, gritty expressions and icicles in their beards. Levison Wood, Kenton Cool and Bear Grylls, meanwhile, are in the new series of Game of Thrones (or possibly a GQ ad) judging by their book cover headshots. Crossing over to wanderlust there’s Kerouac, Hemingway, Steinbeck. Nearby, some dreamy travel “lifestyle” #van-life photo-books. One of these campervan stories includes a woman, but her role seems to be mostly lounging around photogenically in underwear and a floppy brimmed hat. In calm contrast, Waymaking is a beautiful collection of short stories, essays, poems, and artwork by women about their love of the great outdoors. Our story-tellers are walkers, climbers, mountaineers, swimmers - hobbyists, newbies, professional athletes - offering a great variety of writing and artistic styles. There’s no focus on any particular landscape; pick a page at random and you could be in Wasdale, Patagonia, Glen Affric or Idaho. If there’s a common thread connecting the pieces, in general the tone throughout is less about fighting the wilderness, more about engaging with it; wandering and adventures facilitate self-reflection and insight. There’s lots to like in Waymaking but I’ll give special mention to Anna Fleming’s beautifully written Taking the Plunge, a reflective piece about swimming outdoors in the UK. The landscapes here aren’t far-flung or epic - a quarry pool and dreary weather make appearances - but by some clever sleight-of-hand the narrative takes these ordinary scenes and slips into the mystical, back and forth so fluently I didn’t really notice until I was thinking about it days later and had to go back and re-read it. I loved the point that connecting to the outdoors, in unglamorous conditions at times, can be magical and joyful and you don’t need to go far or be extraordinary to experience that – it’s not about “getting away from it all”, but gaining agency and meaning by choosing to dive in to the uncomfortable. I’m mangling the author’s point here - it's good, read it :) Anyway, back at the ranch. Thought-provoking, uplifting and quietly inspiring, Waymaking is a brilliant alternative to the slew of “New Year, New You!” weight loss and self-help books out right now. It’s a diverse collection and the publishers and contributors have done a great job bringing it all together. I’m giving this to my sister to read next but please don’t think this is a book only women will enjoy. If you like reading about wilderness and adventures, and fancy trying something a bit different from the usual, definitely give it a shot.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Philippa

    This is an incredibly important contribution to adventure literature - a brilliant and powerful collection of essays, stories, poems, photographs and artworks representing decades of unheard voices. It’s a wide-ranging anthology, moving swiftly from extreme environments to those more familiar, discussing femininity and climbing and relationships all in the same breath. Each piece is authentic and heartfelt, and Waymaking is striking throughout in its empathy towards the human experience, simulta This is an incredibly important contribution to adventure literature - a brilliant and powerful collection of essays, stories, poems, photographs and artworks representing decades of unheard voices. It’s a wide-ranging anthology, moving swiftly from extreme environments to those more familiar, discussing femininity and climbing and relationships all in the same breath. Each piece is authentic and heartfelt, and Waymaking is striking throughout in its empathy towards the human experience, simultaneously both gentle and fierce. There is no talk of conquering or victory – instead, the interest is in existing alongside the wilderness and the simplicity of enjoying it, and the landscapes, in turn, allow women to understand and accept their own feelings or place in life. It’s a welcoming change from male-dominated narratives with adventurers claiming mountains as their own. The landscapes here are open and welcoming, accessible to anyone, not just the realm of the experts. Each piece is unique and specific, but the book ties together confidently, helped by Cath Drake’s poem running through the chapter breaks. Tessa Lyon’s images carefully frame each chapter, simple but beautifully expansive. I was surprised by how much art and photography is scattered throughout this collection; I know very little about visual images but found myself enjoying the introduction to elements of adventure I hadn’t previously considered. There is a careful and well-judged balance between writing and image, between prose and poetry; topics straying far and wide but never losing its focus. Of the whole collection, I found maybe two or three pieces that didn’t deeply resonate; impressive considering the breadth of the 70+ pieces. Part of the beauty of this book is that it is a success both as a collection but also as individual pieces. It’s a book you can absorb as a whole or just dip into when you need five minutes of inspiration or reassurance. The women contributing come from a range of locations and backgrounds, some names very familiar and others less so. It’s been an excellent gateway to discovering many talented writers and artists that I hadn’t come across before. I finished Waymaking inspired and comforted, less alone in the way I experience the mountains and the wilderness. I’m a little bit braver now heading out on my own small adventures, reassured by a multitude of other women who are reaching for the same things. I know I’ll come back to it again and again in the future.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Wyatt

    Mountaineering, climbing, walking, ultra-marathon’s, kayaking, wild water swimming, mountain biking: whatever your outdoor interest, or gender, there is something here for you. But this is not a book simply about activity, this collection of prose writing, poetry and art is a series of reflections on the relationship, impact and emotional import of activity and place on people. These deeply personal pieces say something about becoming part of landscape, our place in the world, love, loss, death Mountaineering, climbing, walking, ultra-marathon’s, kayaking, wild water swimming, mountain biking: whatever your outdoor interest, or gender, there is something here for you. But this is not a book simply about activity, this collection of prose writing, poetry and art is a series of reflections on the relationship, impact and emotional import of activity and place on people. These deeply personal pieces say something about becoming part of landscape, our place in the world, love, loss, death and dislocation. Taken as a whole this book is a meditation on what we learn about being human from being physically engaged with the world. This may be an anthology of women’s writing but it is applicable to all; anyone of any gender reading this book will recognise something of themselves in at least some of the pieces. The book is divided into four sections (Vicinity, Heart & Soul, Water, Union) but each beautifully crafted item could easily stand on its own. Indeed, I would recommend that you don’t read the book cover to cover, like a novel or biography, but treat it like a long running buffet; approach it and take out a couple of succulent pieces to savour, then come back a little while later for more. There are a couple of amusing illustrations amongst the art works, and this leads me to my only, albeit small, criticism. I think this would be a more rounded work if the editors had selected at least a couple of lighter-hearted pieces. That said, this is a beautifully observed and honest book that I would urge you to dip into time and time again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C J

    Sensitive, humorous, sad, uplifting, but most of all inspirational. A whole panoply of emotions evoked by the different stories, poems and pictures in this book. Seldom in the field of adventure writing does the human side of our trips into the places we love get so richly painted. Be that a life reaffirming paddle around our home or a painting that tells a story not just by what is drawn, but by the creases of its journey with the artist. Not everyone will like every part of the book, but to expe Sensitive, humorous, sad, uplifting, but most of all inspirational. A whole panoply of emotions evoked by the different stories, poems and pictures in this book. Seldom in the field of adventure writing does the human side of our trips into the places we love get so richly painted. Be that a life reaffirming paddle around our home or a painting that tells a story not just by what is drawn, but by the creases of its journey with the artist. Not everyone will like every part of the book, but to expect this in such a wide ranging anthology is probably to miss the point. Our love of our treasured places is played out with the rich diversity of the people and the reasons they inhabit them however transitory that may be. Consequently, there are a myriad of different styles and textures to the contents, to single one out to try and explain it would be an injustice to the others. Noticeable is the lack of the bravado in the tales. The ladies are more concerned with articulating their feelings than any grade or summit ticked and the book is so infinitely more pleasurable for this. Buy it. Dip into it as and when. Discover your special treasure and then keep dipping into it as life journey takes its turns and you need uplifting, inspiring or just relaxing knowing that others all over the world understand what you feel when you venture to a treasured place. Simply brilliant.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Bergstrom de Leon

    My sister-in-law was kind enough to let me borrow this book after I found it on her shelves and it was magnificent! Each night as I lay in bed for about a month, I would read and view 3-4 of the collected items in this anthology savoring each of them. From the poems, to the essays, to the art, I was blown away by the diversity and the depth of each piece. My dreams were filled with wild places and authentic women doing daring things. Wild places have never called to me. I am more a library, used My sister-in-law was kind enough to let me borrow this book after I found it on her shelves and it was magnificent! Each night as I lay in bed for about a month, I would read and view 3-4 of the collected items in this anthology savoring each of them. From the poems, to the essays, to the art, I was blown away by the diversity and the depth of each piece. My dreams were filled with wild places and authentic women doing daring things. Wild places have never called to me. I am more a library, used-book store and coffee shop kind of girl, but in reading these reflections, stories, soulful art pieces I see the appeal, the beauty and our connectedness to creation in a whole new way. I genuinely thank these women for sharing their stories and the editors for daring to believe there was a bookworm in Minnesota who longed to hear them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ja

    (Rounded up from 4.5 stars) This collection is so beautiful and just inspiring. Of course it makes me want to go outside and explore but it also has encouraged me to take closer notice of what's happening with my body, my emotions, and the details in the environment around me. There's a gracefulness in being "in the moment" when you're out in the wilderness but what's great is that you can keep this mindfulness in your day to day as well. Plus, since it's all work from amazing women, I'm that mu (Rounded up from 4.5 stars) This collection is so beautiful and just inspiring. Of course it makes me want to go outside and explore but it also has encouraged me to take closer notice of what's happening with my body, my emotions, and the details in the environment around me. There's a gracefulness in being "in the moment" when you're out in the wilderness but what's great is that you can keep this mindfulness in your day to day as well. Plus, since it's all work from amazing women, I'm that much more in awe. I'm really happy I backed this on Kickstarter for my copy :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jon Barton

    I’ve been lucky enough to read a prepublication copy of this game changing title as my company has published it, so please accept my bias. It is an anthology of woman’s adventure and I guess nature/environment writing featuring 50 plus poets, artists, writers and woman just simply inspired to create by the great outdoors. In an age where the oxygen for outdoor adventure attention is sucked up by a select few Fiennes and Grylls characters and rich men walking up Everest this is a bold and beautif I’ve been lucky enough to read a prepublication copy of this game changing title as my company has published it, so please accept my bias. It is an anthology of woman’s adventure and I guess nature/environment writing featuring 50 plus poets, artists, writers and woman just simply inspired to create by the great outdoors. In an age where the oxygen for outdoor adventure attention is sucked up by a select few Fiennes and Grylls characters and rich men walking up Everest this is a bold and beautiful piece of literature.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara Barnard

    Mixed feelings about this book. I love the idea and the mix of art, prose and poetry. The standard is pretty mixed - some excellent writing and others parts, less so. Overall I was left feeling a bit uninspired and unmoved, weirdly - I'm not sure why, but possibly because it covers so much ground and so many experiences, which don't necessarily all sit well together or enhance the reading by being combined. Some contributions are 5 star-worthy, but many for me were a lot lower. Good for dipping Mixed feelings about this book. I love the idea and the mix of art, prose and poetry. The standard is pretty mixed - some excellent writing and others parts, less so. Overall I was left feeling a bit uninspired and unmoved, weirdly - I'm not sure why, but possibly because it covers so much ground and so many experiences, which don't necessarily all sit well together or enhance the reading by being combined. Some contributions are 5 star-worthy, but many for me were a lot lower. Good for dipping into.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cat Caird

    A stunning collection of stories, poetry and art about adventures in the wild, all written by women. I really enjoyed reading each part and felt so inspired to get out there and have my own adventure!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leanne Mcdonagh

    Fabulous extracts. Fabulous stories. I now cannot wait to go on adventures

  14. 4 out of 5

    Siffy Torkildson

    A great anthology of outdoor writing from women in Europe and North America.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam Ruck

    An amazing book

  16. 5 out of 5

    VG

    ‘The stories women are told - and which we also tell ourselves - about what is safe or acceptable or possible for us reflect neither our true capabilities or the risks the world really presents.’ Focusing on human connection with nature and adventure, ‘Waymaking’ is a sensational anthology of short essays, poetry and art from female writers and artists. Each entry is different in focus, but they all share common threads: determination, independence and passion, but most importantly, both respect ‘The stories women are told - and which we also tell ourselves - about what is safe or acceptable or possible for us reflect neither our true capabilities or the risks the world really presents.’ Focusing on human connection with nature and adventure, ‘Waymaking’ is a sensational anthology of short essays, poetry and art from female writers and artists. Each entry is different in focus, but they all share common threads: determination, independence and passion, but most importantly, both respect for nature and oneself. In a collection like this, there are always pieces that do not resonate quite as much as others, but here, those were few and far between. I devoured this book in one sitting, and know I will return to some of my favourite sections (especially ‘vicinity’) in the future. ‘I loved my beautiful homeland very much, and didn’t understand why it wasn’t enough to be in it - why did we have to go out and conquer it?’ A truly wonderful read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Agnes Marton

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Wilson

  19. 5 out of 5

    S J

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sawyer Ellingboe

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Saunders

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elise

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily Boak

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kait Clarke

  27. 4 out of 5

    Blue Moon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Jackson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Izzatina Aziz

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Dunnett

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