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Dr Kerri Andrews - Author of Wanderers: A History of Women Walking

Michelle Griffith-Robinson - Former GB Olympian, wife, mother of 3, lifestyle coach, personal trainer and Ambassador for Diabetes UK

Kerri Andrews is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Edge Hill University. She writes about literary history, particularly untold or forgotten histories, and has published widely on women’s writing. Her book, Wanderers: A History of Women Walking, published by Reaktion in September 2020. Tracing the footsteps of ten women walker-writers 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, Wanderers offers a beguiling, alternative view of the history of walking. Kerri is also one of the leaders of Women In The Hills, an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project aimed at exploring the factors enabling and inhibiting women's access to upland landscapes. The project brings together people from all areas of walking, mountaineering, land access and management, to drive change in women's access and experiences. Kerri is the General Editor of Nan Shepherd’s letters, the first ever edition of Shepherd's, which will be published in 2023 by Edinburgh University Press. She is also a keen hill-walker and a member of Mountaineering Scotland. You can listen to Kerri on the Tough Girl Podcast, NEW episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out


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Show notes

  • Getting interested in writing about women and walking

  • Living in Scotland

  • Getting into walking

  • Heading off to university and doing her PhD

  • Deciding to get down to a healthy weight

  • Starting to play squash

  • Her first trip up Snowdon

  • Connecting with people via Meet Up

  • Co-Leader of Women in the Hills - Research Network. What hinders & enhances women's experiences of the hills?

  • What the research is showing

  • Wanderers: A History of Women Walking

  • Starting to write the book in 2012

  • Doing the research over the years

  • Focusing on women over the past 300 years

  • Being inspired by; Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt

  • The power of walking

  • Having her first child and the struggles of finding child care

  • The power of Cheryl Strayed writing

  • What it means to be female on the trail

  • Female bodies and how they open up new possibilities

  • Finding the information for the book

  • Why women’s walks don’t get taken notice off

  • Doing other kinds of walking

  • Getting the book published

  • The Literary Consultancy

  • Reaktion Books

  • Being inspired by Nan Shepherd

  • First edition of Nan Shepherd’s correspondence to come out in 2023

  • Key takeaways from the book

  • The idea of a female tradition


Social Media

Website Twitter @kerriandrewsuk Book - Wanderers: A History of Women Walking This is a book about ten women who, over the past three hundred years, have found walking essential to their sense of themselves, as people and as writers. In a series of intimate, incisive portraits, 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. 'With the absorbing voice and attention to detail of a favourite hiking companion, Andrews unearths the forgotten women who have walked for creativity, for independence and self-discovery, to remember, to forget, to escape violence, to find physical and emotional strength.' Rachel Hewitt, historian, trail-runner and author of Map of a Nation


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