The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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Dr Anna Fleming: Time on Rock, Writing the Mountains CANCELLED
Tuesday 14 December 2021, 07:30pm
Contact Timothy Elson
Tuesday 14 December 2021


A talk on mountain literature, tracing the ways that writers since Samuel Taylor Coleridge have captured the experience of climbing, leading into readings and discussions from her forthcoming book. Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the Mountains is an account of ten years learning to climb on different rocks across the British Isles, from Yorkshire limestone to Lake District rhyolite, from the gabbro of the Cuillin ridge to the granite of the Cairngorm massif. This book, due for release with Canongate in January 2022 presents a rock climber’s view of the natural world, tracing a geological and personal journey across the British Isles over ten years. Anna Fleming is a rock climber and qualified Mountain Leader who has also worked for the Cairngorms National Park Authority. She completed a PhD with the University of Leeds examining how William Wordsworth’s poetry was shaped by communities within the Lake District. Anna is also a regular contributor to the on-line nature writing magazine, Caught by the River and recently edited an anthology of creative writing about the Cairngorms, Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms. As well as writing for the Guardian, she keeps a regular blog, The Granite Sea, in which she writes about her experiences of the natural world.

Audiences will be limited to 40 persons who will require to wear face coverings.

Please contact Timothy Elson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in advance of the talks if you are planning to come along to ensure we comply with the Covid 19 Rules.

Meeting at at the Quaker Meeting House located at 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL.

Location Edinburgh
7 Victoria Street