Anna Fleming

thegranitesea is a blog by Anna Fleming, a freelance writer, climber and mountaineer.

I climb, walk and swim, exploring the outdoors through body and mind. I am curious about how we experience natural environments and love discovering different approaches to being in place. This blog is a space for writings and reflections on the Cairngorms and other places a little further afield.

I am currently working on my debut book, Time on Rock: A Climber’s Route into the Mountains, an account of ten years learning to climb on different rocks across the British Isles, from Yorkshire limestone to Lake District rhyolite, from the gabbro of the Cuillin ridge to the granite of the Cairngorm massif. Time on Rock will be published by Canongate in 2022.

I write for the Guardian (see ‘Cold Mountain’ and ‘How I learned to stay safe in the Scottish Highlands’ and ’10 of the Best Books about Mountains’) and am a regular contributor to Caught by the RiverI have had writing published in Waymaking and outdoor magazines.

In 2019 I commissioned, edited and produced an anthology of new creative writing for the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms.

My PhD, ‘Wordsworth, Creativity and Cumbrian Communities’ (2017) examines how the communities of the Lake District shaped Wordsworth’s writing.

For an introduction to the blog, read Cairngorm Colours


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