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Dr Kerri Andrews: Wanderers - A History of Women Walking

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Winter Words Festival 2023

Saturday 11 February

11am – 12 noon

Dr Kerri Andrews talks about women and walking.

Her fascinating book Wanderers: A History of Women Walking offers a beguiling view of the history of walking, and guides us through the different ways of seeing – of being – articulated by ten pathfinding women.

Wanderers traces their footsteps, from eighteenth-century parson’s daughter Elizabeth Carter – who desired nothing more than to be taken for a vagabond in the wilds of southern England – to modern walker-writers such as Nan Shepherd and Cheryl Strayed. For each, walking was integral, whether it was rambling for miles across the Highlands, like Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt, or pacing novels into being, as Virginia Woolf did around Bloomsbury.


Kerri Andrews is Reader in Women’s Literature and Textual Editing at Edge Hill University. As well as being the author of Wanderers: A History of Women Walking she is also the editor of the first-ever edition of Nan Shepherd’s correspondence (Edinburgh University Press, 2023), and the first-ever anthology of women’s writing about walking, Waymakers, being published by Reaktion in 2023. She has written on walking and mountains for The GuardianThe Great Outdoors and Trail magazine, and is currently working on a book about walking and motherhood.

We are thrilled to share our 19th Winter Words Festival, featuring an exciting lineup of well-known, and well-loved authors, playwrights, poets, adventurers, broadcasters, and TV personalities from around Scotland and further afield for a celebration of all things artistic and literary.

This is just one of the many events on offer. If you’re interested in more, why not buy our Winter Words Multibuy Package*, where you can access four fantastic talks for the price of three!  Just add your events to the basket, and we will discount before you pay.

*Makings of a Murderer and Banff Film Festival is not included in the Multibuy package.

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