The Judging Panel for the 2018 Boardman Tasker Award is:
chair of judges
Peter Gillman is a writer and journalist who has been writing about mountains and the outdoors for some fifty years.
His biography of George Mallory, The Wildest Dream, co-authored with his wife Leni, won the Boardman Tasker Award in 2000. Their book Extreme Eiger won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild outdoor book of the year award in 2015.
Peter has written widely on mountaineering and related topics for the national and specialist press, particularly for the Sunday Times where he was a staff member for fifteen years, including five with the Insight investigative team.
Peter is a keen hill-walker who completed the Scottish Munros in 1997, then added the “new” Munros – at the age of 68 – in 2010. Peter and Leni live in south London. They have been married for 54 years and have two children and four grand-children.
Catherine Moorehead (also known as Kate) was brought up in Nairn, in the northern shadow of the Cairngorms. After Edinburgh University, where she read English Language and Literature, she enjoyed a career of 37 years in English teaching, two of which were spent in France. Having recently retired from the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, Catherine spends her time writing, editing, reading travel and mountaineering literature, mountain walking and travelling to relatively unvisited places.
Apart from various articles for the Alpine Journal, the American Alpine Journal, and the Himalayan Journal, Catherine is the current Assistant Editor (obits) for the Alpine Journal. She has published two books: Spirit of Adventure (2011), an anthology of mountain writing, and The K2 Man (2013), the biography of K2's discoverer, Godwin-Austen.
Catherine has led six expeditions to unexplored parts of Central Asia. She compleated (sic) her Munros in 1996 and is an occasional skier. She is an Associate Member of the Alpine Club and is an FRGS.
Roger Hubank is a novelist whose work is largely devoted to exploring risk-taking in a wilderness of one kind or another. He started climbing in the era of moleskin breeches, jammed knots and long run-outs. His first novel, North Wall, was praised by Al Alvarez as ‘a genuine and moving work of imagination on a subject where true imagination is usually the one quality never found’. Hazard`s Way, set in the English Lake District, won the Boardman Tasker Prize, the Grand Prix at the Banff Mountain Book Festival, and a special commendation from the Royal Society of Literature. North, about a disastrous nineteenth-century American Arctic expedition, won a Special Jury award at the Banff festival, and was hailed in The Observer as 'perhaps the first great historical novel of the twenty-first century'.
Four of his novels were re-issued in the United States in 2014. A late novel, Holy Ground, set in the Cuillin against a background of the Spanish Civil War, (sadly) remains unpublished.