Kerri Andrews is Reader in Women’s Literature and Textual Editing at Edge Hill University. Her book, Wanderers: A History of Women Walking, waspublished 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 has written for The Guardian, The Great Outdoors and Trail Magazine, and she has worked with The Telegraph, the BBC and others on issues to do with women’s walking. She can be commissioned on subjects connected to walking, women walkers, and the history of walking.
Kerri is 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 currently editing 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.