Kerri Andrews originally comes from Worcestershire but has lived in Scotland for the past ten years. For most of that time she has lived in the Scottish Borders south of Edinburgh.
She took her undergraduate degree at Loughborough University before moving to the University of Leeds to complete first a Masters and then a PhD in women’s literature. At Leeds she discovered the delights of the Yorkshire Dales, before falling in love first with the Lake District and then the Scottish mountains. She has so far climbed over 120 of Scotland’s Munros.
She lives in Scotland with her husband and two young children.
The follow-up to the bestselling Wanderers, Kerri Andrews’ Way Makers is the first anthology of women’s writing about walking. Moving from the eighteenth century to the present day, and across poetry, letters, diaries, novels and more, this anthology traces a long tradition of women’s walking literature. Walking is, for the women included in this anthology, a source of creativity and comfort; it is a means of expressing grief, longing and desire. It is also a complicated activity: it represents freedom but is also sometimes tinged with danger and fear. What cannot be denied any longer is that walking was, and continues to be, an activity full of physical and emotional significance for women: this anthology is testament to the rich literary heritage created by generations of women walker-writers over the centuries.
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.
Offering a beguiling, alternative view of the history of walking, Wanderers guides us through the different ways of seeing – of being – articulated by these ten pathfinding women.