The Wonderfulness of Local - Stowford Press
Al Humphreys and Ellie Taylor are the new faces of the Stowford Press 2018 commercial, The Wonderfulness of Local, which showcases the beauty of Herefordshire and highlights the fact that all of the apples used in their cider are sourced within 50 miles of their mill. The TV ad launched on May 25th as part of a 10 week campaign across all major media channels. You can watch the full 60 second advert here.
Sea-Doo Epic Adventures
As branded content opportunities go, this was a bit of a dream, launching Al Humphreys into the new role of game show host! Al and two teams of Sea-Doo enthusiasts headed to the Bahamas to test out the latest jetskis and explore how to escape the everyday. Tough gig! Head to YouTube to see episodes 1, 2 and 3. You can check out the full campaign here.
Pip Stewart - Craghoppers Ambassador
We're proud to announce that Pip Stewart has joined the Craghoppers team are their latest ambassador. Pip roadtested the brand's Nosilife apparel throughout her recent Essequibo kayaking challenge and found it fantastically fit for purpose. Jim McNamara, MD for Craghoppers said, “Pip is an amazing role model to young women everywhere. Her thirst for adventure fits the brand perfectly and her passion for conservation also fits our brand’s ethos. We are delighted to have her on board and look forward to supporting her on her travels.”
Ash Bhardwaj - Barbour Original North Sea Outfitters
May 2018 sees the launch of our latest brand collaboration, as Ash Bhardwaj partners with Barbour on their SS18 campaign. Over the coming weeks, Barbour will be showcasing their new collection, whilst exploring the UK’s rugged and beautiful coastline. Ash will act as a guide to some of the country's most breathtaking views, sharing his memories of each place and what makes them special. You can check out the launch blog here, with the Harry's Rock, Durlston and Chapman's Pool films launching this month.
Alastair Humphreys - This Is Great Britain
Visit Britain recently hired the help of adventurer Alastair Humphreys to champion all that Britain has to offer as a rich and varied holiday destination. In collaboration with NatGeo, Alastair and 3 Brother Films produced 6 beautiful shorts, each showcasing a different region of the country. You can watch a compilation of the campaign's best bits here.
Explorer's Collection - Oliver Sweeney & Levison Wood
Following the huge success of last year's Explorer's Espadrille collection, Oliver Sweeney and Levison Wood have once again joined forces to create a new range of products to complement the original line. As well as a wider selection of Espadrille colours to choose from, the collection also includes the Mirbat desert boot, Dhofar messenger bag and the Forsbrook rucksack, named after Lev's home town near Stoke-on-Trent. The full range is currently available here.
Essequibo Challenge - A World First!
We are incredibly proud to announce that Pip Stewart has successfully completed the Essequibo Challenge with her fellow teammates Laura Bingham and Ness Knight. The endeavour involved kayaking the entire length of the Essequibo River in Guyana, taking a gruelling two months to complete. Starting their journey in the interior of Guyana at the true source of the river, the team paddled for 1,014km until they reached the Atlantic Ocean. Their journey saw them traverse the Acarai Mountains, Wai Wai land, untouched virgin rainforest, unexpected rapids and contentious gold mining areas until finally arriving at their ultimate destination on the coast, and achieving a world first. Huge congrats, team! You can read all about their incredible experiences here.
Leon McCarron - 'The Land Beyond' US Tour
In April 2018, we accompanied Leon McCarron on his 10-day US speaking tour, where he shared stories from his expeditions and talked about his new book, ‘The Land Beyond’ at various locations on the west and east coast. The events below were open to the public and attracted a fantastic turnout. Click on the links below for details...
23 April – Explorer’s Club, NYC
24 April – Princeton Library, NJ
25 April – Harvard Law School, MA
26 April – C.C. Filson, NYC
Pip Stewart - Essequibo Challenge
We can't tell you how proud we are of Pip Stewart as she currently attempts to canoe the length of the Essequibo river in Guyana with fellow team members, Ness Knight and Laura Bingham. It took the trio three weeks of trekking through the rainforest before reaching the source this week - an experience that's been perhaps their most challenging endeavour yet. Now the real hard work starts as they take on the epic journey paddling from source to sea, a feat that has never successfully been completed before. You can follow the team's adventures over the next couple of months on the offical Essequibo website.
Levison Wood - Journeys Through The Badlands & Beyond
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Journeys Through The Badlands And Beyond - UK Theatre Tour Winter 2018
In his second adventure-filled live show, Levison Wood shares dramatic tales and lessons learned from his most ambitious expedition to date - a 5000 mile circumnavigation of the Arabian peninsula from Iraq to Lebanon.
This is a brand new show for Winter 2018. Tickets are now available via Ticketmaster and the relevant theatre box offices.
October 28th - Sheffield City Hall
October 29th - Leeds Town Hall
October 31st - Manchester Apollo
November 2nd - Cardiff St. David's Hall
November 3rd - Liverpool Echo Arena
November 4th - Glasgow Pavilion Theatre
November 7th - Bath Forum
November 9th - Southampton Guildhall
November 11th - London Shepherds Bush Empire
November 14th - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
November 18th - Stoke Victoria Hall
November 26th - Belfast Ulster Hall (via box office only)
Ash Bhardwaj - The New Iron Curtain
In March 2018, Ash Bhardwaj embarked on his latest mission, a 6000 km journey along the length of the new Iron Curtain in a bid to experience what life is really like for the nations neighbouring Russia. The journey takes in some 15 countries from Norway to Crimea and will be the subject of Ash's first book, which we'll be sharing with publishers later this year. He is also producing a mult-media project for a leading national newspaper and a documentary series about the journey is also currently in development.
Leon McCarron - Zalando
Leon McCarron has recently joined forces with online clothing retailer Zalando to provide expert tips and advice on how to make the most of the great outdoors. Including insights on the best jackets, hiking boots and packs available this season, Leon shares his own clothing and apparel lessons learned on the road. You can read the launch article here.
Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2018
We are beyond thrilled to announce that both Leon McCarron and Levison Wood have been shortlisted for the 2018 Adventure Travel Book of the Year. 2017 was an exciting year for Wolfsong with 5 major titles being published, so to have both The Land Beyond and Eastern Horizons recognised is a dream come true. Now that the judges have determined the shortlist of 6 nominees, you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite too at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards website. The voting deadline is January 26th with the winner announced on February 1st. Congrats and good luck to both Leon and Lev!
Leon McCarron - Adventure.com Featured Contributor
Leon McCarron has just been announced as Adventure.com's new Featured Contributor in the UK, working alongside Ben Groundwater in Australia and Paula Froelich in the USA. Leon will be sharing his traveller's tales and observations every month over the course of the next year in the form of feature articles and photo journal pieces. You can read his first article about the joys of walking here.
Justine Gosling - Welcome to the Wolfsong fold!
We're delighted to announce that Justine Gosling has joined the Wolfsong team. Justine is an adventurer, senior NHS critical care physiotherapist and volunteer aid worker. Specialising in trauma, complex long-term rehabilitation, as well as acute and critical care, Justine has worked at the Royal Free, London for 9 years. Away from the wards, Justine has a love for cold weather climates and has led multiple cross country ski, kayak and hiking expeditions in the Canadian and European Arctic. We're excited to be working with Justine across all aspects of her adventures and look forward to sharing news of her 2018 plans soon. You can watch a clip of Justine here.
Eastern Horizons - Levison Wood
We're delighted to report that Levison Wood's 'Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road' has now hit the shelves in UK bookstores. Penned by Lev in his late 20s, the book documents his experiences as a 22 year-old hitchhiking from England to India back in 2004. It was a journey that would inspire his many subsequent travels and set him on his path to becoming Britain's favourite present-day explorer. You can read an excerpt from the book and watch Lev talking about his book here.
The Spirit of Adventure - Alastair Humphreys
In a new collaboration with WIRED magazine and Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky, Alastair Humphreys shares his thoughts and experiences on the spirit of adventure. Glenfiddich's Experimental Series features pioneers in their field who have rewritten the rule book. You can read Alastair's contribution to to the series here and watch the accompanying film here.
Nespresso- Defining Moments - Alastair Humphreys
Alastair Humphreys was recently invited to participate in Nespresso's latest social campaign, in which they asked contributors to choose their defining moments - the life events that led them to pursue their true passion. Al shared the story of the day he set off on his bike from his parents' home in Yorkshire with a view to cycling the world. He returned four years later and hasn't looked back since. Alex James meanwhile talked of his transformation from Blur bassist to cheesemaker. The campaign was also accompanied by a speaking event at Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Women Who Wear It Like A Mum - Boden
Amanda Owen and her 9 children Raven, Miles, Reuben, Edith, Violet, Sydney, Annas, Clemmy and Annas are currently starring in Boden Clothing's latest online, social and catalogue campaign, following a fun trip down to London from Ravenseat Farm. #WomenWhoWearItLikeAMum celebrates stylish, successful women across the land and aims to reclaim what mum style really means. You can check out the campaign and film here.
Leon McCarron - Speaking Events
Over the course of October and November, Leon McCarron is embarking on a series of speaking events in support of publication of his new book The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles On Foot Through The Heart Of The Middle East. With successful talks at Waterstones Piccadilly, Daunt Books, Stanfords and Maison Assouline already under his belt, Leon's set to entertain audiences at the RGS, Fortnum & Mason and at Royal Scottish Geographical Society events in Dumfries, Scottish Borders, Ayr and Helensburgh. More dates to be confirmed over the coming weeks.
Explorers Against Extinction - RGS
We're proud to have four members of the Wolfsong team participating in Explorers Against Extinction, a unique event highlighting the threat of extinction to some of Africa's most iconic species including elephant and rhino. Featuring leading explorers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and John Blashford-Snell, Ash Bhardwaj, Leon McCarron and Pip Stewart will join Laura Bingham in a panel discussion about modern exploration, chaired by Jamie Berry, series producer of Walking The Nile, Walking The Himalayas and Walking The Americas, amongst others. You can find full details of this worthy cause on the Explorers Against Extinction site.
The Land Beyond - Leon McCarron
September saw the launch of adventurer Leon McCarron's wonderful new book, The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles On Foot Through The Heart Of The Middle East. Based on his 6 month long expedition following the hiking trails of Israel, Palestine, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, Leon's book is a fascinating exploration of the human stories and hospitality he encountered, as well as the realities of living in one of the most misunderstood regions on the planet. Published by IB Tauris, the book is available to purchase here and you can watch a short film featuring Leon's meditations on walking, writing and the Middle East here.
Land Rover Discovery #Microadventure
We're incredibly excited to announce our latest brand partnership, which sees Wolfsong adventurer Alastair Humphreys collaborating with Land Rover UK on their new Discovery and Discovery Sport campaigns. Inspired by Al's Microadventure concept, the Land Rover #Microadventure campaign encourages us all to venture out, enjoy our surroundings and squeeze adventure into everyday life. You can watch the brilliant film and read Al's accompanying interview here.
CLIF Bar - Amy Hughes #RunIsland
Endurance runner Amy Hughes recently announced her latest challenge #RunIsland with the aim of running 400 miles across the 4 islands of the Balearics in 14 days. Following a successful social partnership focussed around Ride London earlier this year, we were delighted when CLIF Bar signed up as an official sponsor of the challenge. Amy sets off on her mission in October and we wish her all the best, powered by CLIF Bar!
True Tales Of Real Adventure
Wolfsong Media and US adventure clothing pioneers Filson have joined forces to create a unique new speaker series featuring members of the Wolfsong team. Starting on Thursday September 7th and running every fortnight, come and be inspired by Leon McCarron, Pip Stewart, Jamie Berry and John Hudson as they share their true tales of real adventure. Plus there's free beer! What's not to like? You can RSVP here.
Nat Geo: Canada - Keep Exploring
Following a successful collaboration in Ontario in 2016, Al Humphreys recently embarked on another partnership with Nat Geo, this time focussing on the wide array of outdoor activities on offer in Nova Scotia, including the stunning Cape Breton Island. The campaign was a highlight of Al's year. “Even more than the lovely landscapes and the lobster, what stood out were the people." says Al. "The pride they have in their homeland and their culture, we got such a friendly reception everywhere we went." You can watch the resulting film here.
An Evening With Levison Wood
We're pleased to announce a further 7 theatre dates in spring 2018, where Lev will continue to tour his sell-out show. This time we'll be visiting King's Lynn (Feb 22nd), Dunfermline (Feb 23rd), Basingstoke (Feb 25th), Harrogate (Feb 26th), Weston Super Mare (Feb 27th), Truro (Feb 28th) and Barnstaple (March 1st). Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and the relevant venue box offices.
Are You Earning Money For The Sake Of It?
This is the question online bank First Direct wanted to pose to their customers, whilst encouraging them to have life-affirming experiences that don't need to cost the earth. An obvious spokesperson for the campaign was our very own Alastair Humphreys, who shared his thoughts on the subject of money and microadventures via a series of video clips and blogs commissioned by the bank.
Levison Wood - Eastern Horizons
Hodder & Stoughton have acquired two new books by Levison Wood, winner of the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award and author of the bestselling Walking The Nile, Walking The Himalayas and Walking The Americas. Levison was in his early twenties when he hitch-hiked from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fascinated by the early explorers and with a history degree in the bag and an army career planned, he was determined to find out more about the people of the Caucasus and beyond. Upon his return, Lev wrote a 100,000 word account of his journey to be published in November 2017 under the title Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road. World rights were acquired from Jo Cantello at Wolfsong Media.
Levison Wood - From Russia To Iran
We're excited to announce Levison Wood's latest challenge and our fourth series with Channel 4. 'From Russia To Iran' is an epic 2600-mile journey, which will take Lev through the vast hidden world of the Caucasus mountains and its unique communities. Beginning in Southern Russia, the expedition will continue through Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and into Iran. Known as the ‘lands inbetween’, they form a large part of the historic and mysterious Silk Route. C4 have commissioned a 4 x 60' series starting at 8pm, Sunday August 20th.
Emigrants - London Bestseller
We're delighted to report that James Evans' wonderfully insightful new book has made it to the top of the Evening Standard London Bestsellers Chart in the first week of publication. Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World is proving hugely popular at public speaking events and appears to resonate particularly strongly with American members of the audience. James' forthcoming appearances include the British Library and Henley Literary Festival, with further talks to be confirmed here on the Wolfsong site soon.
James Evans - Emigrants Book Launch
It was wonderful to see so many of the Wolfsong team out in support at James Evans' book launch on Independence Day. Ash Bhardwaj, Alex Bescoby, Levison Wood and Pip Stewart all joined in the memorable celebrations at Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street in London. Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World, published by W&N, has already received rave reviews in the Spectator and Family Tree magazine, with interviews on BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio London and a fascinating History Hit podcast with Dan Snow.
James Evans - Emigrants
In his latest book, historian James Evans tells the fascinating story of the ordinary English men and women who risked crossing the Atlantic in the 17th century to find a better life. Nearly 380,000 made the journey for a multitude of reasons, including religious persecution, loyalty to the King, a bid to find their fortune in the gold, fur or fishing trades, and many simply out of sheer desperation. Considering the population of England was only around five and a half million at the time, this was a staggering number. 'Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World' was published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on July 6th. Cover design by Andrew Smith.
Got That Festival Feeling?
Summer is most definitely here and it's great to have the Wolfsong team out on the road and adding to the festival spirit. Kicking off on Sunday July 16th, Amy Hughes will be sharing her inspirational story at Citadel. From July 19th to 21st, Ash Bhardwaj and Levison Wood will be taking part in the San Miguel Experience, followed by John Hudson at Wilderness Festival on August 6th, Alex Bescoby at OpenCity Docs on September 9th and Pip Stewart at Sunday Papers Live on September 10th. P.S. Not all of these events require wellies! Hope to see you there.
Alastair Humphreys - Brancott Firsts
Earlier this summer Brancott Estate offered Al Humphreys the opportunity to try his hand at a new adventure he'd never experienced before, as part of their Brancott Firsts campaign, celebrating their own history as the first producers of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand. Following a deal brokered by Wolfsong, Alastair took to the skies for his first taste of gliding and as you can see from the picture, looping the loop. You can watch Al's reaction to the experience here.
Summer Solstice Challenge - Viewranger
Alastair Humphreys' Summer Solstice Challenge, encouraging the public to head out on their own personal microadventure, is now in its 6th year. We're pleased to announce the challenge has a new champion in Viewranger, the outdoor discovery app, who are partnering with Al on this year's call to action. Al was recently announced as a new ambassador for the brand in a deal negotiated by Wolfsong. ViewRanger CEO Craig Wareham said: “Alastair has proved you don’t need to climb Mont Blanc or trek to Everest Base Camp to find adventure. The short, fun, accessible outdoor trips he’s made famous through his microadventures have exploded in popularity with the ViewRanger community, which is why we’re so excited to be teaming up for this challenge."
The Levison Jacket - Belstaff
Building on the fantastic support they've shown us over the years, we're thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new partnership with luxury clothing outfitters Belstaff, who like their ambassador Levison Wood, originally hail from Stoke on Trent. It was clearly meant to be. The Levison is an all-cotton jacket created in collaboration with Lev and roadtested on his expedition Walking The Americas. With a special resin finish that keeps it water-resistant while wicking away moisture, the Levison Jacket is perfect for challenging environments. Currently available for purchase in-store and on the Belstaff website.
Pip Stewart - Welcome to the Wolfsong fold!
We're similarly delighted to welcome adventurer, writer and filmmaker Pip Stewart to the Wolfsong team. Pip is also a trained meditation instructor and a firm believer that connecting with people and the great outdoors is good for the soul. Her most recent adventure involved a 3000 mile cycle, boat and small plane ride exploring Brazil and Peru and raising awareness of the environmental issues in the region. A six-part documentary series about the journey is currently airing globally. You can watch the trailer here, as well as Pip talking about her experiences at a Night of Adventure here.
Alex Bescoby - Welcome to the Wolfsong fold!
We're delighted to welcome historian and filmmaker Alex Bescoby to the Wolfsong team. A self-confessed history nerd with a thirst for travel, Alex has spent the past three years working on his documentary We Were Kings, a beautiful and moving exploration of Myanmar's history, which will premiere at OpenCity Docs Festival in September. We've been privileged to witness the development of Alex's labour of love over the past two years and excited to now be representing Alex across TV, publishing and public speaking. You can watch a trailer of We Were Kings here and Alex's brand new showreel here.
Leon McCarron - New 2017 Showreel
It's always exciting to share a new showreel and Leon McCarron's is a joy to watch. His expeditions include trekking 3000 miles across China (filmed for the Nat Geo series Walking Home From Mongolia), riding a bicycle 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong and walking 1000 miles through the Middle East. Other adventures include a 1000 mile journey across the Empty Quarter desert with fellow adventurer Alastair Humphreys (their feature-length film Into The Empty Quarter was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival) and an expedition on horseback through Patagonia with filmmaker Tom Allen. You can see Leon in action here.
Empire of Booze - Debut Drink Book of the Year
It's time to raise a toast to Henry Jeffreys whose wonderful book Empire of Booze has been voted Debut Drink Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Awards. Cheers to that! You can find the full round-up of winners here.
Molton Brown & Al Humphreys - Into The Uncharted
Al Humphreys has recently taken to the seas, working with Molton Brown on their latest campaign to coincide with the launch their new Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel range. Featuring a series of beautiful films involving Al kayaking off the English coast, the campaign aims to inspire us to get out of 9-5 living and push boundaries to try something new. "From epic expeditions to facing the unknown, Alastair embodies the spirit of our NEW Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel collection," the company announced on their official channels. We couldn't agree more!
Leon McCarron - Neville Shulman Challenge Award
Leon was recently announced as the 2017 recipient of the Neville Shulman Challenge Award from the Royal Geographical Society. The award aims to further the understanding and exploration of the planet, while promoting personal development through the challenges involved in undertaking the expedition. Leon will be away throughout April on the journey that secured him the bursary, following and living with one of the smallest and oldest ethno-religious groups in the world. More to be revealed soon.
Levison Wood - Where Next?
Explorer Levison Wood has departed on his next great adventure, which like his previous expeditions promises to be another eye-opening, epic journey. The only problem is...we can't tell you where he's going yet! All will be revealed much later in the year. Be sure to watch this space.
Levison Wood - San Miguel Rich List
We're delighted to have partnered with San Miguel and the Evening Standard on this year's Rich List. Explorer Levison Wood will lead the search to find the most inspiring people across the world leading rich, rewarding lives. The campaign officially launched on April 13th 2017, with a double page spread in the ES Magazine. Over the course of the next two and a half months, people will have the opportunity to nominate themselves or a friend (deadline July 30th), with the final list announced later in the year. You can read more about the campaign on the Evening Standard and San Miguel sites.
Leon McCarron - The Land Beyond
I.B.Tauris has signed a new book by Northern Irish writer, adventurer and film-maker Leon McCarron, in a deal struck by Wolfsong Media. 'The Land Beyond' tells the story of Leon’s 1000 mile journey from Jerusalem into the rolling hills of the West Bank, along the rugged spine of Jordan and finally across the vast, empty deserts of Sinai, to finish atop the sacred mountain. Tatiana Wilde, travel editor at I.B.Tauris, said: "We are delighted to be publishing Leon McCarron’s timely and compelling new book, which strives to tell the human story of this complex region that exists beyond the news headlines." 'The Land Beyond' will be published in hardback in October 2017.
Oliver Sweeney - Levison Wood collaboration
We're putting our best foot forward and announcing a new partnership with designer footwear company Oliver Sweeney on a new range of Explorer's Espadrilles. Designed in collaboration with Levison Wood, the prototype of the new shoe was put through its paces on Lev's recent expedition 'Walking The Americas'. Tested on some of the most gruelling terrain in the world, the shoe (which comes in five colours) features hardwearing 13oz raw bionic hemp denim, a puncture proof sole and EVA midsole for comfort and buoyancy. They lasted the 1800 mile trek across Central America with ease and are swiftly becoming one of OS's most popular lines. You can pick up a pair here.
Amanda Owen - Book Tour & Sunday Times Bestseller
Amanda Owen received a wonderfully warm response on her recent tour to promote the paperback edition of 'A Year In The Life Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess', including appearances at Oxford and Headingley literary festivals, as well as multiple book signings at Waterstones. Amanda's second memoir also enjoyed an incredible 5 weeks in the Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers list, peaking at number 2, a feat also previously achieved by Amanda's first book 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess'.
Walking The Americas - Sunday Times Bestseller
We're delighted to announce that Levison Wood has become a Sunday Times bestseller with his latest book 'Walking The Americas'. In this brand new stand-alone title, Levison shares his experiences from his recent expedition walking the length of Central America from Mexico to Colombia. Publication coincided with Lev's 23 date theatre tour across the UK, with the book quickly selling out at each venue.
Alastair Humphreys - Haglöfs Friend
We're pleased to announce Alastair's partnership with Swedish adventure clothing company Haglöfs is set to continue throughout 2017, with a number of exciting film projects in the pipeline. Last year, Al partnered with the brand on a beautiful slow rafting adventure along the Klarälven River, which he made in colloboration with filmmaker Tem Doran. You can enjoy the journey here.
An Evening With Levison Wood theatre tour
We've experienced an incredible response to Lev's 23 date national theatre tour, organised in collaboration with Nigel McIntyre, with audiences of between 600 to 900 people per venue. The tour has taken in theatres old and new, from Brighton to Swansea, Inverness to Folkestone. The tour ran from February 20th to March 27th, culminating in a sell-out show at Islington's Union Chapel. We hope to arrange another tour in 2018, taking in new venues across the UK.
Walking The Himalayas - Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2016
Wolfsong is very proud to share the news that Levison Wood's second book, about his epic expedition through the foothills of the Himalayas, has been awarded Adventure Travel Book of the Year. The announcement was made at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards dinner, which coincided with the Destinations show at Olympia in February. The evening also involved Lev presenting Michael Palin with his lifetime achievement award. A night to remember!
Amy Hughes - Zakti Active
In January 2017, we were very excited to announced Amy Hughes' latest brand campaign with lifestyle clothing partner Zakti Active. Over four months leading up to the London Marathon on April 23rd, Amy will be sharing her training hints and tips on how to prepare physically and mentally for the main event. You can check out her weekly blog on the Zakti Active website and across both Zakti and Amy's twitter and instagram feeds.
John Hudson - new showreel for 2017
We're delighted to share John Hudson's brand new showreel which we'll be discussing with the TV production community at Realscreen in Washington DC, January 23rd to 25th. John is a Survival Instructor, Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker and Training Consultant, whose specialist work takes him to some of the most remote and extreme environments in the world. Based in Cornwall, UK, John is the British military's chief SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Extraction) instructor and has been a resident expert on two series of Discovery's prime-time survival show Survive That, a.k.a Dude You're Screwed; putting his own resilience to the test on camera in front of millions. He created the UK Military's survival manual and is currently writing a new book about self-reliance for everyone.
Walking The Americas - Channel 4
Levison Wood's latest expedition Walking the Americas, an 1800 mile journey along the spine of Central America from Mexico to Colombia, is currently airing on Channel 4. Beginning in the north-eastern tip of Mexico, Levison will walk the entire length of Central America, through eight countries before attempting to cross the treacherous Darien Gap into South America. Over the course of this 4 x 60' series, we'll see Levison return to Mexico, where he lived for three months and Belize - where he trained as a soldier with the British Army - before stepping into a part of the world he’s never visited before and some of the most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable regions on earth. The series airs at 8pm on Sunday evenings from January 8th onwards.
A Year In The Life Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Every day at Ravenseat, a remote Yorkshire hill farm, brings new adventures for shepherdess Amanda Owen, her husband Clive and their children. In her latest book, Amanda describes how they live in tune with the age-old cycles of the farming year as they tend their sheep on some of the country's highest, bleakest moors. 'A Year In The Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' is published in paperback by Pan Macmillan on January 26th. Amanda will be appearing at Ways With Words, Headingley Literary Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, Hay Festival and Bath Literary Festival over the coming months to share her remarkable story.
Walking The Himalayas - Shortlisted for Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Walking The Himalayas is Levison Wood's enthralling account of crossing the Himalayas on foot; his journey of discovery along the path of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road to the forgotten kingdom of Bhutan. We're thrilled that Levison has been shortlisted for the Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year, with the winner to be announced February 2nd. The paperback edition of Lev's experiences was published on January 5th.
Ash Bhardwaj - Hobbies & Heroes
Having completed a successful series of events in collaboration with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in November 2016, Ash Bhardwaj is set to have another busy year of public speaking, starting with his appearance at theTelegraph Travel Show on January 15th. Ash reveals how serendipity took his career in unexpected directions, ranging from billionaires chalets to Communist weapon-depots, and from boxing with a world-champ to interviewing the Dalai Lama. As a writer and film-maker, he’ll explain how he sows the seeds of inspiration, using a recent trip to Albania following in the footsteps of the SOE as an example. Ash hopes to show that journeys aimed at answering questions are just as rewarding as those that conquer mountains.
Enjoy The Road - Amy Hughes
In September 2016, Amy Hughes achieved an extraordinary feat, by breaking the world record for the most miles covered on a treadmill in one week. That's 521 miles in total, the equivalent of running three marathons a day for seven days. To celebrate Amy's incredible accomplishment, challenge sponsors Millet Sports have produced a beautiful 90 second short film about Amy's motivation and inspiration. You can watch the film here.
Empire of Booze - Henry Jeffreys
From renowned drinks columnist Henry Jeffreys comes this full-bodied, rich history of Britain and the Empire, told through the improbable but true stories of how the world's favourite drinks came to be. Charting the rise of Britain from a small corner of Europe to global pre-eminence, each chapter unveils a drink originating from a period in British imperial history. Empire of Booze was published by Unbound to great critical acclaim in November 2016, with rave reviews in the Daily Mail, the Guardian, the Spectator, amongst others.
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An Evening with Levison Wood - Theatre Tour 2017
In this adventure-filled one-man show, Levison recounts his amusing and sometimes poignant tales of life as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and his subsequent transition into an explorer of international standing. His latest tour will include further tales and behind the scenes moments from his journeys walking the length of the Nile and the Himalayas, both of which were documented by Channel 4, alongside his most recent travels walking 1700 miles along the length of Central America, taking in 8 countries from Mexico to Colombia and his bid to cross the treacherous Darien Gap. With his honest accounts of life on the road, Levison hopes to challenge our preconceptions and inspire a new generation of adventurers with tales of hope and hospitality, firmly believing the more people go out and see the world, the better a place it will be. (photo credit: Simon Buxton)
February 20th 2017 - Hull City Hall
February 21st - Buxton Opera House
February 22nd - Birmingham Town Hall
February 23rd - Alban Arena, St. Albans
February 26th - Cambridge Corn Exchange
February 27th - Brighton Theatre Royal
February 28th - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
March 1st 2017 - Guildford G Live
March 2nd - Leamington Royal Spa Centre
March 3rd - Inverness Eden Court
March 6th - Swansea Grand
March 7th - Swindon Wyvern Theatre
March 11th - Royal & Derngate, Northampton
March 12th - Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
March 13th - Grand Opera House, York
March 14th - Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
March 16th - Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
March 19th - Ipswich Corn Exchange
March 20th - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
March 22nd - Salisbury City Hall
March 23rd -De Montfort Hall, Leicester
March 27th - Union Chapel, Islington, London
Please check back periodically for announcements of new events in 2017.
Amanda Owen - ITV Countrywise
ITV viewers will be able to enjoy a regular taste of Yorkshire farming family life, as Amanda Owen and her family will be appearing in 5 episodes of the new series of Countrywise, presented by Ben Fogle and Liz Bonnin. The popular Friday evening show attracts around 3 million viewers at 8pm. You can see the latest Ravenseat instalment this Friday October 7th and keep up with the series updates here.
Alastair Humphreys - #ExploreCanada
We're excited to announce a new collaboration with National Geographic Adventure and Destination Canada. Throughout autumn 2016, Al Humphreys will be revealing the wide array of adventures available across Ontario, from the urban bustle of Toronto to the life-affirming wilds of Algonquin. Al will be regularly posting his experiences across his media channels on facebook, twitter and instagram. The accompanying social and video campaign launches on National Geographic Adventure in November.
Levison Wood - Craghoppers
Following a successful spring/summer '16 campaign, we're delighted to once again be working closely with our long-term supporters, Manchester-based adventure clothing company Craghoppers. Lev can now be seen fronting their new AW16 collection and we're delighted to have the Craghoppers team on board once again as a key clothing provider during Lev's current Walking The Americas expedition.
Leon McCarron - River Island Style Staples
In September 2016, high street retailer River Island launched their new range of men's Style Staples - a 38-piece collection of essential basics for the everyman. Rather than involving professional models, the clothing company opted to work with inspiring young British musicians, designers, gardeners, carpenters and writers, including Northern Irish adventurer Leon McCarron, who each shared their story and revealed the essentials in their own wardrobes. You can find out more about the campaign and watch the accompanying clip here.
Levison Wood - #BehindTheFace
A new Clinique For Men global campaign launched in September featuring Levison Wood alongside actor Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0). #BehindTheFace explores their motivation and the personal journeys they've been on in pursuit of their passions. The project rolls out simultaneously in the UK and US, followed by the rest of the world. You can find out more here.
Amy Hughes - New World Record Holder
We are incredibly proud to announce that Amy Hughes is a new world record holder! She ran an astonishing 521 miles in 7 days on a treadmill, beating the previous record by nearly three and a half minutes. Amy has been raising funds for her charity The 53 Foundation and if you'd like to show your support, you can make donations here. Hats off to Amy for an epic achievement.
Amy Hughes - 7 Day Treadmill Challenge
On September 1st 2016, runner and adventurer Amy will be embarking on her next epic endurance challenge. In a bid to beat the world record for the most miles covered on a treadmill in a week, Amy will attempt to run 530 miles in aid of her charity The 53 Foundation. The final day of this incredible feat will coincide with National Fitness Day on September 7th and Amy hopes to get the whole country involved. You can follow her training regime and progress here.
Amy Hughes & Levison Wood - #BugBodyReady
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine recently launched their 'Bug Off' campaign to encourage the public to protect themselves from mosquito and insect bites. As seasoned travellers themselves, Amy and Lev were keen to lend their support. As Amy said, "I’ve recently returned from filming in the jungles and mountains of Ecuador, so I know how important it is to be bug body ready. Make sure your holiday is memorable for the right reasons and do the same!”
Levison Wood - Incredible Journeys
We're very proud to announce our first foray into children's publishing with an exciting illustrated non-fiction title by Levison Wood. Incredible Journeys will explore some of the landmark expeditions throughout history that have inspired Lev's own travels, from the Silk Road to Scott and Amundsen's race to the South Pole. New children's imprint Wren & Rook will publish the gift title in autumn 2018.
Al Humphreys - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
In July 2016, Al Humphreys set off on a life-affirming month-long trip, busking his way around Spain with the violin he took up for the first time only 6 months ago. Following in the footsteps of Laurie Lee, who documented his own journey in the book 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning', Al confessed "I am appalling at the violin! It promises to be a hungry and deeply embarrassing journey." A trilogy of short films about Al's adventure is now in production in association with our partners GoPro.
Levison Wood - Walking The Americas
We're excited to finally be able to reveal the details of Levison Wood's next epic expedition Walking The Americas and proud to once again be working with Channel 4 on a 4 x 60' series, set to air spring 2017. Trekking 1700 miles from Mexico to Colombia, Lev will travel through Belize, Guatamala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, where he will attempt to cross the treacherous Darien Gap. Hodder & Stoughton will publish Lev's accompanying book early next year in a deal negotiated by Wolfsong Media.
Amanda Owen - A Year In The Life Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess
We're thrilled to announce the launch of Amanda's latest book, in which she shares more of her warm and honest experiences of family farming life across the seasons. Published in May 2016, 'A Year In The Life...' follows on from Amanda's Sunday Times best-selling debut 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess', also published by Sidgwick & Jackson.
Amy Hughes - Tales of Adventure
Amy is a guest speaker at this month's Tales of Adventure taking place the evening of May 26th, where she'll be talking about her epic journey running 53 marathons in 53 consecutive days. Tickets £5 on the door at the Devereux, Temple in central London.
Alastair Humphreys - Easyjet Microadventures
Low cost airline Easyjet have chosen to mark their 20th anniversary with a new Microadventure campaign encouring the public to seek out meaningful adventures within one hour of key European destinations. The online campaign, brokered by Wolfsong Media, featured a selection of 20 microadventures curated by Alastair, which the public then voted on, sending Al to their favourite destination and hopefully winning themselves some free flights in the process. The film about Al's travels will air online soon.
Amanda Owen - Sunday Mirror columnist
Best-selling author Amanda Owen now has her own weekly column The Yorkshire Shepherdess in the Sunday Mirror, following a recent interview feature in the paper. Sharing tales of the latest family and farming events at her 2000 acre farm in Ravenseat, Amanda's honest and amusing column is accompanied by some of her wonderful photography of the Owen family's remote, rural life.
Amy Hughes - Panache Role Models
Amy Hughes is currently appearing in Panache Lingerie's Role Models 'One Year On'campaign, sharing her experiences and achievements since featuring as one of the original role models in 2015, alongside Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft, model Marquita Pring and campaigner Martyna Kaczmarek.
Leon McCarron - Walk The Masar
We're thrilled to report that Leon McCarron has completed his four month mission to walk 1000 miles through the Middle East, trekking through Jordan, Palestine and the Sinai Peninsula. An award-winning filmmaker, Leon is in the process of making a documentary about the expedition and is set to embark on a number of talks, as well as penning a book about his experiences. You can watch his initial thoughts on what he's discovered along the journey here.
Alastair Humphreys - Grand Adventures
Grand Adventures, the follow-up to Al's bestselling book Microadventures, is now available. Also published by Harper Collins in a collaborative deal between Fox Mason and Wolfsong Media, the fully illustrated book features wit and wisdom from over 80 fellow adventurers and explorers, as well as advice on how to overcome life's obstacles and embark on an adventure of our own.
John Hudson - Citadel Festival
John Hudson has been announced as the latest addition to Sunday Papers Live at the Citadel Festival, Victoria Park on July 17th. Tickets are now available here. John will be presenting the Travel section of the day's events, drawing on his wealth of overseas experiences as the UK military's chief survival instructor. John will also be appearing at CultureBite in October.
Alastair Humphreys - Victorinox #UrbanOutdoors
Al Humphreys is the star of Victorinox's latest social media campaign promoting the benefits of finding adventure close to home, in a deal brokered by Wolfsong Media. Al embarked on his One Hour To Outdoors mission armed with his trusty Victorinox backpack, swiss army knife and I.N.O.X. watch, revealing that the wilderness is often closer than we realise.
Alastair Humphreys - Haglöfs Friend
We're delighted to announce that Alastair Humphreys has joined forces with Swedish outdoor clothing company Haglöfs, in a deal brokered by Wolfsong Media. Over the course of the next year, Al will be working with the Haglöfs team to create exciting new adventure content and promote brand awareness within the UK.
Visions of Africa
Levison Wood's first photography exhibition took place at La Galleria, Pall Mall from December 6th - 12th 2015. A collaboration with respected wildlife artist Rosamond Lloyd in aid of Tusk Trust, the week-long show included images from Lev's acclaimed Walking The Nile expedition, which was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary series in spring 2015.
Born Ready Adventures
Alastair Humphreys is the host and curator of Wrangler's latest online campaign 'Born Ready Adventures' which has recently launched in the UK, Germany and Poland. Inspired by Alastair's Microadventures concept, the initiative features interactive adventure guides, with top tips on what to bring and wear.
Ben Fogle - New Lives In The Wild UK
Amanda Owen, husband Clive and their 8 children will be appearing in the fifth series of Channel 5's New Lives In The Wild, where Ben Fogle meets people who've taken a leap of faith and traded their urban upbringing for a remote, rural lifestyle. The series airs in November 2015, with Amanda's 60 minute documentary set to go out at 9pm on Thursday November 26th.
Walking The Himalayas
We're delighted to announce Levison Wood's latest expedition in which he attempts to walk the entire length of the Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range.
Following the success of Walking The Nile, watched by an average of 2.6m viewers each week, we're once again working with Channel 4. Beginning in Afghanistan and trekking 1700 gruelling miles across the roof of the world, Levison will be travelling through some of the most remote, beautiful and perilous places on earth, teaming up with local guides and meeting soldiers, monks and nomadic tribes as he attempts to complete his challenge.
Amanda Owen photography in new card range
Graffeg Publishing have launched a beautiful new card range featuring the photography of our bestselling author Amanda Owen. For Amanda, home is Ravenseat, a 2000 acre hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire. Wherever she goes, Amanda carries a camera, taking pictures of everyday farming and family life, with the backdrop of the austere and wild beauty of some of Yorkshire's most remote moors. The Yorkshire Shepherdess notecards and 2016 calendar are both now available, priced £8.99, with Graffeg also launching a range of notebooks later in the year.
Amy Hughes - Rising Star Awards
Amy has only recently joined the Wolfsong fold, but it's already been an exciting few months, with a Pride of Britain nomination and an invite to the Women of the Year celebration for the second year running. On September 1st Amy was named one of We Are The City's Rising Stars in the Sports category, receiving her award at the House of Commons.