The Judging Panel for the 2017 Boardman Tasker Award is:
Helen Mort (Chair of Judges)
Helen Mort is a poet, runner and climber based in Sheffield. Her first collection 'Division Street' was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013 and her next collection 'No Map Could Show Them' was published in summer 2016, a book partly inspired by the history of women's mountaineering. She has written for Climb and The Alpinist and her work features in 'Rock, Paper Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing'.
She is a former Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Helen is a five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007. She won the Manchester Young Writers Prize in 2008 and ‘Division Street’ was awarded the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for the best first collection in 2014.
You can read more about her work at www.helenmort.com
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.
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 prize 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.