NB EVENT POSTPONED. Due to unforeseen circumstances our event with Helen Mort has had to be been postponed. All ticket holders have been contacted. We hope to be able to reschedule the event to a later date and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Join us for an evening with Helen Mort, prize-winning poet and writer, climber and mum as she talks about her stunning memoir A Line Above the Sky.

Climbing gives you the illusion of being in control, just for a while, the tantalising sense of being able to stay one move ahead of death.

Helen Mort has always been drawn to the thrill and risk of climbing: the tension between human and rockface, and the climber’s powerful connection to the elemental world. But when she becomes a mother for the first time, she finds herself re-examining her relationship with both the natural world and herself, as well as the way the world views women who aren’t afraid to take risks.

A Line Above the Sky melds memoir and nature writing to ask why humans are drawn to danger, and how we can find freedom in pushing our limits. It is a visceral love letter to losing oneself in physicality, whether climbing a mountain or bringing a child into the world, and an unforgettable celebration of womanhood in all its forms. We are delighted to welcome Helen to Booka.

‘A wonderful book – exhilarating and taut, fearless in its explorations of wildness, risk, motherhood, and the inner and outer worlds of the writer’ Jon McGregor

‘This book is beautiful’ Emma Jane Unsworth

‘One of the most brilliant poets of her generation’ Robert Macfarlane

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of A Line Above the Sky) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Line Above the Sky). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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