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INTERVIEW: Time on Rock by Anna Fleming

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 UKC Articles 06 Jan 2022

Released today (6 January), Anna Fleming's debut book Time on Rock: A Climber's Route into the Mountains, published by Canongate, is a story of a young woman's climbing apprenticeship with a socio-cultural and geological bent. Anna's ten-year climbing journey takes her from a dusty indoor wall in Liverpool to the gritstone outcrops, Welsh slate, Lake District rhyolite, Moray sandstone, Cuillin gabbro, Cairngorm granite and Kalymnian limestone. It's an adventurous coming-of-age tale in part, but Anna's scope in Time on Rock is also far broader.

Anna is a Welsh writer, Mountain Leader and PhD graduate based in Edinburgh. Natalie Berry shared a conversation with Anna about climbing, geology, culture, history and found out what her time on rock has taught her about the natural world and her own identity as a climber, woman and human being...

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Fascinating interview. What wonderful highways and byways there are in climbing! I've added it to my books-to-buy list.

 GrahamD 06 Jan 2022
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I accidentally tuned into an interview with her on R5 and my journey flew by ! I kept waiting for her to to tripped up by the stock media questions and every time she came back with a well considered answer I could pretty well relate to. 

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Here is the interview. Starts just after 2 hours:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00132n6

I thought it was very good from both the interviewer and from Anna.

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 olek632 07 Jan 2022
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Amazing piece.

 TomGB 07 Jan 2022
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Great interview, very much looking forward to attending the book launch in Edinburgh on the 14th (tickets still available!) and reading the book. 


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