Pip Stewart - Life Lessons From The Amazon
Watching an author's debut book come to life is always an exciting journey and we're incredibly proud that Pip Stewart's 'Life Lessons from the Amazon: A Guide to Life From One Epic Jungle Adventure' will be published by Summersdale on September 9th. Whilst charting her incredible endeavour hiking and kayaking the length of the Essequibo river in Guyana with Laura Bingham, Ness Knight and their guides from the Wai Wai community, Pip also shares the lessons she learned along the way. From discovering the value of community, vulnerability and gut instinct, to embracing fear and the value of patience, Pip reveals how we can all embrace the wildness within ourselves and live life more fully every day.
The Poet Laureate interviews Amanda Owen
Having grown up very close to the location of Simon Armitage's shed, where he's been spending the summer perfecting the art of Haiku, Amanda Owen was recently invited as a guest on his successful Radio 4 podcast, The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed. Their conversation included shared memories of growing up in Huddersfield and a love of the Marsden Hills to the business of running a sheep farm and the joy of the hay meadow at this time of year. You can catch up now on BBC Sounds.
Alastair Humphreys - Samsung
To celebrate the benefits of spending time outdoors and the creativity that can result from immersing yourself in the natural environment, Alastair Humphreys partnered with Samsung in July 2021 on their latest campaign for the Galaxy Book Pro 360. Featuring alongside spoken-word artist George the Poet and songwriter Chelcee Grimes, the trio took part in an online campaign and panel discussion sharing their insights into their writing habits and why the great outdoors is so creatively fruitful.
The Art of Exploration - Levison Wood
Levison Wood's ninth book is his most personal yet, as he shares his many valuable rules to live life by, learned from fifteen years of travelling across a hundred countries. Having walked the Nile, the Himalayas and the Americas, as well as circumnavigating the Arabian peninsula, Lev discusses his lessons from a life on the road, how he managed to turn a passion into a lifestyle, and what inspired and motivated him along the way. Wood explains how he and other explorers face up to life's challenges, often in extraordinary situations. With chapters on curiosity, teamwork, resilience and positivity this is a book that provides a tool kit - no matter your age or profession. As Levison says, 'these lessons can help you to fulfil your potential for living a happy life, regardless of your circumstances'. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 'The Art of Exploration' is available from June 17th.
Bosch Fresh Up - Levison Wood
Levison Wood recently partnered with global tech and appliances giant Bosch to promote their latest product, the FreshUp. It’s a handy little device that uses plasma technology to remove odours from clothes without any water or detergent, so an essential bit of kit for holidaymakers and explorers alike. The campaign launched in late June 2021 with Lev road-testing the device on his travels over the next six months.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess 2022 Calendar
We might only be half way through the year, but hands up who's already wishing it was 2022! Amanda Owen's Yorkshire Shepherdess calendars featuring her own beautiful photography of life at Ravenseat have been a huge hit with her followers over the years, with the 2021 edition selling out in record time. We're pleased to announce that the 2022 edition is now available from the Dalesman website, priced at £9.99.
The Week Junior - Amanda Owen
Amanda Owen and family are continuing to partner with The Week Junior over the summer months. The Owens regard the weekly newspaper as an essential tool for keeping children up to date with world events and providing some valuable off-screen time. "In today’s modern world which is filled with numerous ways to consume news and media, it’s nice to see the kids sitting down with their copy of The Week Junior," says Amanda. "It helps them keep up to date with news and information across a wide variety of topics, plus reduces the amount of time they spend staring at screens."
The Unknown Prime Minister & Me - BBC NI
In this fascinating 1 x 60' documentary for BBC NI, Leon McCarron investigates his family connection to Andrew Bonar Law, the shortest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century. Law had previously been instrumental in the Ulster resistance to Irish home rule and the partition of Ireland, and had played a crucial role in the coalition government during the First World War.
He is regarded by many historians as the father of the modern Conservative party, and helped to secure the unity of that party in the turbulent first decades of the 1900s. Leon also investigates the Law family background in County Antrim, his own family's take on their controversial family member and reveals the personal tragedies that marked Law's life. 'The Unknown Prime Minister and Me' originally aired on both BBC One and BBC Two NI in June 2021 and is currently available on iPlayer.
Summer on the Farm
We're delighted after the success of his appearances on This Week on the Farm earlier this spring, Reuben Owen was invited to join the cast of Channel 5's Summer on the Farm LIVE in June 2021. Once again armed with his tool kit and his mechanical engineering expertise, Reuben headed to Cannon Hall Farm to help the team to restore their latest vintage vehicle. All 5 episodes which aired over the course of a week are now available on My5.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess' Family Feast - S2
Following the success of Amanda Owen's very first cookery strand on This Morning in spring 2021, the Yorkshire Shepherdess' Family Feast returned for a second run this summer. In each episode, Amanda met up with local food producers to find out more about their business, including a local Yorkshire fishing school, where Amanda tried her hand at fly fishing and an organic dairy farm, where she learnt how to make indulgent clotted cream. To try out some of Amanda's recipes for yourself, including a delicious rhubarb bread & butter pudding, head to the This Morning website.
Honda Family Adventure - Pip Stewart
Adventurer and author Pip Stewart collaborated with Honda in May 2021 to take their new Jazz Crosstar hybrid vehicle on a family adventure in the New Forest, where they discovered some wild ponies along the way. Baby daughter Willow certainly seemed to approve. Pip currently has 37.5k followers on Instagram, making her a popular social media partner for like-minded family-oriented brands.
Bailey of Bristol - Ash Bhardwaj
When leading caravan company Bailey of Bristol got in touch about their Great British Staycation campaign, Ash Bhardwaj leapt at the chance to explore Yorkshire in their practical motorhome, the Autograph. Over the course of the long weekend, Ash enjoyed some wild swimming in Semer Water safe in the knowledge that home comforts were very close to the shore. Ash will be writing about his experiences of van life in his regular travel column in the Telegraph and on the Bailey website. Pip Stewart will also be partnering with Bailey this summer on a family staycation in Northumberland with partner Charlie and daughter Willow.
Journey Home with Opihr
Whether rediscovering home or heading further afield, a meaningful journey with the right cultural experiences can enrich us forever. In this three part series in partnership with Opihr Gin, Alex Bescoby meets up with friends and fellow adventurers Ash Bhardwaj, Pip Stewart and Levison Wood to discover their favourite UK spots, how they travel with purpose and how their perception of adventure has altered over the past 18 months. You can watch the films in full here.
Crave Dog Treats - social media campaign
Amanda Owen and her children Miles and Edith took part in a new social media campaign promoting Crave dog treats in May 2021. As the owners of seven dogs, Amanda and her family know the importance of training, whether it's their new working sheep dog Nell acquiring new skills or encouraging family pet Chalkie to stay closer to home. In a series of posts and IG stories, the family recorded their practice sessions to show how Crave can help with reward-based training. Amanda's IG channel currently has a loyal following of 360k with a further 170k on Twitter.
Kia Homegrown Adventure - Levison Wood
After the events of the past year, the Wolfsong team have been seizing the opportunity to explore a little closer to home. In May 2021, Levison Wood partnered with Kia to take their Sorento Self-Charging Hybrid for an on and off road three day adventure around the South Coast. You can watch the resulting film here.
Reuben Owen - This Week on the Farm
After spending several years starring in C5's ratings hit Our Yorkshire Farm alongside his mum Amanda, dad Clive and eight siblings, Reuben Owen will make his first guest appearance on C5's This Week on the Farm on Thursday March 25th. Now age 17 and a full time apprentice in Mechanical Engineering, Reuben is well known for his love of vintage agricultural machinery and his ability to fix mechanical problems and create ingenious gadgets. So Dave and Rob from Cannon Hall Farm knew exactly who to call on when they bought a heritage tractor that desperately needed a new lease of life.
Our Yorkshire Farm Returns to C5
We're excited to announce that Channel 5 has commissioned a further 20 episodes of Our Yorkshire Farm over the next two years. The heartwarming series, which is C5's highest rating factual programme of the past five years, follows Amanda and Clive Owen as they raise their nine “free-range” children and run a 2,000-acre hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales. During its third run in August 2020, the programme drew in audiences of up to 3.7m. The arrangement comes after the ViacomCBS-owned broadcaster brokered a deal with Wolfsong. The fourth series, produced by Renegade Pictures, is set to air later this spring.
Tales From The Farm: Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller
We're beyond thrilled to see Amanda Owen's latest book Tales From The Farm entering the Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers list at no.4, rising to no.3 in its second week. This is Amanda's fourth title in a row to make it into the coveted chart. We can't thank everyone enough who's supported Amanda and her book during this difficult lockdown period whilst retailers remain closed.
My Unique B&B - BBC2 - Asiyla Radwan
Simon Parfett recently joined Asiyla Radwan and her family at their Oxfordshire farm for a staycation renovation with a distinctly nautical theme. A keen sailor herself, Asiyla dreamt of transforming an old wreck of a sailing boat into a unique glamping experience, complete with a field kitchen for al fresco dining and stunning views of Willowbrook and beyond. Simon and his team gladly accepted the challenge with charming results. Produced by Bristol-based Plimsoll Productions, My Unique B&B aired on Thursday March 11th at 6.30pm, BBC2.
Al Humphreys - Alpkit & Sonder Bikes Ambassador
We're delighted to be working with Alpkit again, as Al Humphreys joins the team for a further year of activity across both Sonder Bikes and Alpkit camping equipment ranges. Alpkit have been a huge supporter of Al's for the past two years and we're looking forward to the world reopening and #goingniceplacesdoinggoodthings, to use their popular hashtag. Al will be taking part in a number of webinars, store events and adventure activities across 2021. You can find out about Al's current lockdown adventure project 'A Single Map Is Enough' on the Alpkit website.
Rhiane Fatinikun - Keen Footwear IWD campaign
Rhiane recently featured alongside ocean advocate Cal Major in Keen Footwear's campaign championing female adventurers on International Women's Day. The activation formed part of Keen's promotion for their new hiking sandal, the Astoria West, which Rhiane road tested during her lockdown exercise hikes. You can watch a short film about Rhiane's motivation and inspiration on the Keen IG channel.
Tales From The Farm - Amanda Owen
Amanda Owen's fourth book 'Tales From The Farm' was published on World Book Day, Thursday March 4th and we're excited to share the news that Amanda has entered the official hardback non-ficton chart at no.5. Covering the last two years of comings and goings at Ravenseat Farm, including the impact of Covid-19, lockdown and the recent bitterly cold winter, Tales From The Farm is a collection of Amanda's popular columns from the Dalesman, Yorkshire's best loved monthly magazine. Amanda has also narrated the audiobook, which is currently available on Audible.
Rhiane Fatinikun - Berghaus Ambassador
We're pleased to announce that Rhiane has formally joined the Berghaus team as their latest ambassador in a deal negotiated by Wolfsong. With brand campaigns, personal appearances and sponsored events in the pipeline, it's set to be a busy year once the world re-opens. “Berghaus cares about diversity and backing grass roots organisations in meaningful ways." says Rhiane of the partnership. "It’s been great having the brand’s support, and I’m looking forward to announcing some of the amazing projects that we have planned together.”
How To Survive - Chinese Edition
Hot off the heels of the US publication of John Hudson's How To Survive comes the simplified Chinese edition. With a striking new cover featuring a camel, which in China is regarded as a symbol of endurance, strength and persistence, the book recently reached #1 on Amazon China in their 'work/life balance & stress' category.
Amanda Owen - The Week Junior campaign
Parents up and down the land can relate to the challenges of home-schooling and keeping the children occupied and entertained away from computer and tablet screens. With 9 children at home during the recent lockdown and school closures, it's something Amanda Owen has lots of experience of. Amanda recently teamed up with children's magazine The Week Junior for their Building Happy Healthy Habits campaign and guide, which offered advice on how to improve family wellbeing. At the time of writing, you can get a six week free trial of the magazine here.
New Lives In The Wild Revisited with Ben Fogle
Where have the past 5 years gone? That's a question we were left asking when Ben Fogle made a return trip to Ravenseat last summer for 'New Lives in the Wild Revisited'. Featuring archive footage from his original trip, the programme was a wonderful trip down memory lane seeing how the children had grown up during the intervening years and finding out from Amanda and Clive how much life had changed since they last met. The documentary aired on Channel 5 in February 2021 and is currently available to view on My5.
Pip Stewart - Royal Robbins campaign
Pip recently joined forces with US heritage brand Royal Robbins on an Instagram campaign promoting their new range of sustainable apparel for active mums, including their new Switchform jacket that packs into its own bag. Royal Robbins was founded by legendary climbers Liz and Royal Robbins after they saw a gap in the market for functional outdoor gear that looks good and respects the planet. You can check out the full range here.
How To Survive - USA publication
We're thrilled to announce that John Hudson's critically acclaimed How To Survive is now available in the USA. Published by Countryman Press on January 5th 2021 with the new subtitle of 'Self-Reliance in Extreme Circumstances', John's book is highly anticipated in the States due to his previous starring role in Discovery USA's hit survival series, 'Dude, You're Screwed'. Good Reads already rates the title as a five star read and there's more great coverage to come in the next few weeks. You can check out some early reviews here.
Justine Gosling - Talisker / Parley campaign
In December 2020, Justine Gosling accepted the challenge to kayak 3km in open water as part of the #RewildOurSeas social campaign collaboration between Talisker and Parley. Parley aim to protect and preserve 100 million square meters of marine ecosystems around the world by 2023, a mission very close to Justine's heart. Later this year Justine will be embarking on her own kayak challenge focussing on the most polluted coastline around Svalbard, in a bid to highlight the devastating impact of plastic pollution in the arctic. More details coming soon.
Quaker Oats campaign - Amanda Owen
Amanda recently teamed up with Quaker on their Win The Winter campaign, taking receipes from their digital cookbook 'Oatspiration for Everyday' and cooking up some fun and filling dishes for the family. Featuring Amanda and her children at home, the Instagram campaign proved a great hit with Amanda's followers and has led to further collaborations with PR agency Pepper Studio, including campaigns with WTV for International Women's Day and The Week Junior.
University Challenge - BBC2 - Levison Wood
Levison Wood will be appearing on the forthcoming University Challenge Christmas special as team captain for Nottingham University, where he studied Modern History as an undergraduate. The show also features ecologist Helen Roy, news presenter Kylie Pentelow and Daily Telegraph columnist Michael Deacon. Tune in to BBC2 at 7.45pm, Christmas Eve to see how Nottingham fare against Sheffield.
Christmas on the Farm - C5
Amanda Owen will be joining the On The Farm team this Christmas Eve for a festive end to the series at 7.30pm, Channel 5. Amanda and Yorkshire Vet Peter Wright were awarded the task of judging the annual Christmas tree competition, the winner of which would provide the tree to stand outside No.10 Downing Street. Amanda and Peter will also appear in C5's celebration of all things Yorkshire on Our Big Yorkshire Christmas, airing Sunday December 20th at 8pm, followed by the winter episode from series 1 of Our Yorkshire Farm.
Levison Wood - Powers Whiskey
Explorer Levison Wood joined forces with Powers Whiskey in December for their latest social campaign #TheRightCall, promoting the brand's Gold Label Distiller’s Cut Irish Whiskey. The campaign focused on finding adventure closer to home and how the drink's bold character and subtle spices made it the perfect seasonal drink for the indoors and outdoors.
5 On The Farm
Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen will be appearing alongside Yorkshire Vets Peter Wright and Julian Norton, Cannon Hall's Rob and Dave Nicholson and the presenting team from Winter on the Farm at the inaugural Yorkshire Village Festival next year. Tickets are now available via the 5 On The Farm website.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess' Family Feast - ITV
Amanda Owen recently joined the This Morning team in November for her very first food strand 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess' Family Feast', which was a huge hit with viewers. Over the course of three episodes, Amanda visited local food producers across Yorkshire and beyond, sourcing ingredients to bring home to Ravenseat and create the perfect Yorkshire-inspired meal. You can find the recipes for Amanda's Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup, Chicken and Barley Stew and Apple Pie with Cheese on the This Morning website.
Summer on the Farm - ITV
Amanda Owen joined the presenting team alongside Alan Titchmarsh and Angellica Bell for ITV's fascinating and beautifully shot documentary about the British Harvest of 2020, which aired on November 10th. This 1 x 60' documentary explored the impact of the pandemic on the country's farms this summer and the valiant efforts involved in getting our fruit and veg to supermarkets – overcoming a reduced workforce; unprecedented demand and extreme weather. The show attracted 1.8m viewers in the 8pm slot and was critically acclaimed by the farming community for its representation of the issues farmers currently face. Produced by Wonderhood Studios, the film was commissioned by ITV's Priya Singh.
Black Girls Hike - Vivobarefoot
Wolfsong's partnership with Rhiane Fatinikun got off to a flying start with the first of two collaborations with minimalist footwear company Vivobarefoot. Vivo's 'Natural Hike' campaign profiled Rhiane with a lovely short film shot in the Peak District, exploring the origins of BGH and Rhiane's motivation for setting up the group. This was followed by further activations, including hiking hints and tips from Rhiane, along with two guided walks, encouraging us all to keep active during these challenging times.
Rhiane Fatinikun joins Wolfsong
We're thrilled to announce that Rhiane Fatinikun has joined the Wolfsong team. As an outdoor activist and founder of Black Girls Hike, Rhiane seeks to address the lack of diversity in the outdoor and adventure community and encourage people of colour to enjoy nature and the countryside. Having set up the group in the North West in 2019 to create a safe environment for black women to enjoy hiking and outdoor activities, BGH has quickly grown in popularity, with chapters now also established in London and the Midlands. Wolfsong are proud to be representing Rhiane across her TV, publishing, public speaking and brand partnerships. Welcome to the team, Rhiane! It's great to have another fellow Mancunian on board!
The Art of Exploration Tour - Levison Wood
Levison Wood will be touring the UK throughout September and October 2021, sharing the many lessons he's learned on the road during his extensive travels and over the course of his career to date. The tour pre-sale starts from 10am Thursday October 1st via Ticketmaster, with tickets going on general sale at venue box offices at 10am, Friday October 2nd. Dates include: Basingstoke (19/9), Portsmouth (20/9), King's Lynn (21/9), Warrington (22/9), Edinburgh (23/9), Newcastle (24/9), Buxton (26/9), Harrogate (27/9), Cheltenham (28/9), Guildford (29/9), Salisbury (30/9), Yeovil (1/10), Cambridge (3/10), London (4/10), Peterborough (5/10), Birmingham (6/10), Kendal (9/10), Yarm (10/10) and Stoke-on-Trent (11/10).
Encounters - Levison Wood
Levison Wood's first photography book Encounters is already proving to be an Amazon bestseller pre-publication on Thursday September 17th. A selection of the images featured are also the subject of a brand new exhibition at the Leica Gallery, Mayfair, running for three weeks until September 26th. It's a wonderful opportunity to see some of Lev's most captivating photography from his travels and expeditions to date, so please do drop by if you're in the area.
Willowbrook Farmers join Wolfsong
We're excited to announce that Wolfsong have recently started representing Willowbrook Farm. When Ruby and Lutfi Radwan bought a plot of land in Oxfordshire as first generation farmers 18 years ago, their aim was to provide healthy wholesome food for their family of five children and create a sustainable space where they could live in harmony with nature. From this good intention their story began and Willowbrook Farm is now a flourishing multi-generational concern involving the whole family. You can read more about the Radwans on the Willowbrook website, as well as a lovely short film here.
Pip Stewart - Craghoppers
It's great to be back working with adventure clothing brand Craghoppers again after an enforced break in outdoorsy activities due to the Covid crisis. Pip Stewart seized the opportunity to road-test their latest kit on a 10 day hike along the Cotswolds Way, along with her partner Charlie and baby daughter Willow who took to adventuring like a duck to water. We'll be working with the Crags team again this coming autumn on their Autumn/Winter campaign, which focusses on family adventures close to home. Look out for the accompanying film in early October.
The Land Beyond - Leon McCarron
Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award in 2018, Leon McCarron's The Land Beyond is now available in paperback. Published by Bloomsbury in August 2020, this beautifully observed account of Leon's 1000 mile journey across the heart of the Middle East features a brand new cover and preface. It recently featured in both Wanderlust and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine as one of their books of the month.
Our Yorkshire Farm - C5's highest rating factual show
We were already incredibly proud of Amanda and Clive Owen's wonderful series Our Yorkshire Farm, which returned to our screens in July 2020 for a third season. With over 3 million viewers having now tuned in for episode 1 of the latest instalment, the series is now officially Channel 5's highest rating factual show of the past five years. A phenomenal achievement! Massive congratulations to Amanda, Clive, their 9 children and everyone who worked on the series behind the scenes. The success of the series was also celebrated in the recent 90 minute special 'Our Yorkshire Farm: 5 Years with the Owen Family', which featured highlights from their story so far.
Ash Bhardwaj - Telegraph Travel Columnist
Congratulations to Ash Bhardwaj on his appointment as the Telegraph's new travel columnist. Ash recently wrote a thought-provoking piece about the lack of diverse voices in travel writing and he has been a vocal campaigner for the need for greater inclusion and diversity in the adventure community as a whole and also across the TV landscape.
Our Yorkshire Farm - Series 3
We're excited to announce that Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, her husband Clive and 9 children will be returning to Channel 5 for a new 6-part series from Tuesday July 14th and in the primetime 9pm slot. Filmed largely before the lockdown period, the series also features an episode filmed entirely by Amanda and the children to document their experiences during the lockdown months. You can catch up on all the previous episodes on My5.
The North Face - The Home of Exploration
Wolfsong is proud to have three team members on The North Face's Explorer ambassador programme, with Justine Gosling, Al Humphreys and Leon McCarron all participating in the brand's current campaign to encourage people to get outdoors and adventure safely during lockdown. Working in collaboration with Snow+Rock and Cotswold Outdoor, the trio have been sharing their experiences of isolation and how they see the world of travel and adventure changing post-Covid. You can read Justine's blog about her experiences of lockdown and the relationship between exploration and mental health here.
Encounters - Levison Wood
We're delighted to announce Wolfsong's very first venture into the world of photography books. Encounters is a captivating collection by acclaimed explorer, author and Leica ambassador Levison Wood, which features images from his many travels and expeditions to date, from walking the Nile through to his circumnavigation of the Arabian peninsula. Ilex Press will publish Encounters in hardback on September 17th, 2020. Available to pre-order on Amazon now.
How To Survive - John Hudson - paperback launch
John Hudson's critically acclaimed debut 'How To Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World' is available in paperback from May 28th. Using remarkable case studies from military and contemporary history, John explains how the cornerstone of surviving anything is understanding the relationship between effort, hope and goals – a mindset that can be transposed anytime and anywhere if you know how. Described by Chris Evans as "a brilliant, brilliant book" and the Daily Mail saying "I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this", How To Survive provides a template for survival that can be applied to any situation in your day-to-day life.
The Last Giants - Levison Wood
The sixth book from bestselling author, explorer and photographer Levison Wood hit the shelves in April 2020, shortly before TX of his hugely successful TV series 'Walking with Elephants', both of which have secured rave reviews from readers and viewers alike. The book explores in finer detail Lev's journey following in the footsteps of the annual elephant migration across Botswana, whilst also highlighting the plight of the African elephant in the 21st century and the measures and efforts being made to protect them from extinction. The Last Giants is currently available in hardback, ebook and on audio, narrated by Lev himself.
How To Survive A Pandemic
Following the success of his 2019 debut 'How To Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World', John Hudson has penned a new free ebook entitled 'How To Survive A Pandemic'.offering advice on how to plan rather than panic during the current lockdown. The free download reached the no.1 spot in Amazon US's Self Help Short Reads List and will also appear in the new paperback edition of 'How To Survive', out May 28th.
Pip Stewart - Burt's Bees
We always love welcoming a new addition to the Wolfpack and we couldn't help but smile when Pip Stewart's new baby daughter Willow appeared in her first brand campaign alongside her mum. Over the course of the past 6 months Pip has been helping to promote Burt's Bees natural skincare and their new baby range. The smile says it all.
Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess - Sunday Times bestseller!
Wolfsong is delighted to announce that Amanda Owen's third book 'Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' has entered both the official UK paperback chart and the Sunday Times bestsellers list at no.4. This follows similar success for Amanda's previous two memoirs, 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess' and 'A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess.' Publication coincided with a major UK national theatre tour of the same name, in which Amanda shared stories of her remarkable family farming life with her husband Clive and nine children in one of the highest and remote parts of the country.
Hodder secure new two book deal with Levison Wood
Wolfsong's year got off to a great start, securing a new two book deal for Levison Wood with Hodder & Stoughton. First to be published, in early spring 2020, is 'The Last Giants – The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant' which explores the rapid decline of one of the world’s favourite animals and comes at a critical time. Fifty years ago, Africa was home to just over 1.3 million elephants, but by 1990 the number had halved. The second book Hodder have acquired will be published in spring 2021. Provisionally entitled 'The Explorer’s Mindset', it will reveal the insights Levison Wood has gained through his work as an explorer and as a frontline soldier with the Parachute Regiment and how those can be applied to everyday life. Rupert Lancaster at Hodder secured World English rights from Lev's agent Jo Cantello. Translation rights are currently available via Wolfsong Media.
Walking with Elephants - Levison Wood, Channel 4
We're delighted to announce Levison Wood's latest TV adventure 'Walking with Elephants', in which Lev follows in the footsteps of elephants on their annual migration across Botswana. From the salt pans of the Kalahari Desert, where this epic trek begins, to the nutrient rich lands of the Okavango Delta, this visually stunning series gives us a deeper understanding than ever before of the majestic African elephant. It's a journey fraught with risks and dangers and one that is increasingly seeing the elephants coming under threats both natural and man-made. Along the way, Levison works with local trackers and anti-poaching units to give us unprecedented access and insight to the dangers these resilient animals must overcome, including poachers, predatory wildlife and dehydration to arrive at their final destination. The 3 x 60' series will air on Channel 4 in spring 2020.
Our Yorkshire Farm - series 3, Channel 5
Following a hugely successful second series in November 2019, which attracted 2.5m viewers each week, Amanda and Clive Owen and their 9 children will be returning to our TV screens for a third series in 2020. Exploring the day to day realities of farming family life in one of the most remote parts of the UK, the show has proven to be a huge hit at a time of turmoil and uncertainty in the country, with many peope describing it as the perfect antidote to Brexit. 'Our Yorkshire Farm' will soon be available to international audiences, as it was recently announced that Cineflix Rights will be distributing the series around the world as 'My Big Family Farm'.
Alastair Humphreys - Tohoku Visit Japan campaign
Al Humphreys recently collaborated with JNTO on a breathtaking journey across the Tohoku region as part of Wolfsong's longstanding relationship with the organisation. Al's experiences included a trek around Mount Bandai, cycling through the forests of Sendai and hiking the Michinoku Coastal Trail along Japan's northeastern coastline. You can check out Al's travels on the Tohoku tourism website and in this lovely film Wanderlust Explorer, launched in January 2020.
The Last Overland - Oxford Comes Home!
Alex Bescoby, Nat George. Marcus Allender and their remarkable Last Overland team made a magnificent return to the UK in December 2020, having successfully travelled 19,000 kms across 23 countries, all the way from Signapore to London. The journey was made partly in homage to the historic first overland expedition of 1955, which included Nat's grandfather Tim Slessor, now 88 years old, who was there to meet them as they arrived back on British soil. Their mode of transport, an original Land Rover 86" known as 'Oxford', is the same vehicle that made the journey 64 years ago. After a well-earned rest, the team are currently working on their accompanying documentary series and book, to be penned by expedition leader Alex Bescoby. Watch this space.
The Silver Spitfire - World First
December saw the first of two momentous expedition events for the Wolfsong team, as Matt Jones, Steve Brooks and the Silver Spitfire crew touched down at Goodwood, England after their epic journey circumnavigating the globe, flying over 22,000 nautical miles. Escorted by two of the Red Arrows Display Team, The Silver Spitfire and the PC-12 support aircraft flew across the English Channel and over the White Cliffs before making it safely home. It's far from the end of the story and there will be more news to follow over the coming months, with a documentary series, book and speaking events all in the pipeline.
Arabia with Levison Wood shortlisted for Best Documentary Series at the Broadcast Awards 2020
We couldn't have hoped for a better end to 2019, when Arabia with Levison Wood was shortlisted for Best Documentary Series! Lev and his team at Blackmane Media self-funded the filming of his epic expedition without the promise of a TV commission, with Wolfsong subsequently securing rights deals with Discovery UK, Sky Vision and Dazzler Media. It was most definitely a labour of love, but one we're immensely proud off and to be acknowledged by the Broadcast Awards was the icing on the cake. The winners will be announced on February 5th 2020. Wish us luck!
Levison Wood's Incredible Journeys shortlisted for Children's Travel Book of the Year 2020
We're thrilled to announce that Levison Wood and Wolfsong's first children's book 'Incredible Journeys' has been shortlisted in the children's category at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020. Published by Wren & Rook, this wonderful book beautifully illustrated by Sam Brewster, reveals some of the explorers and great expeditions that inspired Levison both as a child and as a professional explorer. The winners will be announced at the ESTWA awards at the London Transport Museum on February 28th 2020.
Our Yorkshire Farm - series 2
Fans of Amanda and Clive Owen and their 9 children won't have much longer to wait, as series 2 of Channel 5's 'Our Yorkshire Farm' returns to our TV screens on Tuesday, November 5th at 8pm. Following the ups and downs of farming family life on the Owen's remote hilltop farm, the series has become a firm favourite with the Channel 5 audience. Last year's first series was the channel's highest rating factual show in the 8pm slot in 2018. Filmed across the farming year in 2019, series 2 picks up the story, giving viewers a warm and honest insight into the realities of rural life across the four seasons. 'Our Yorkshire Farm' is produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group for C5.
The Hudson Sweater
To celebrate Wool Week in October 2019, Anderson & Sheppard have collaborated with The UK Military's Chief Survival Instructor, John Hudson to create ‘The Hudson Sweater’. The Campaign for Wool initiative of HRH The Prince of Wales was created to help promote sheep farming and wool and to wider educate consumers on wool’s natural performance, safety benefits and planet-friendly fibre. The Hudson sweater is the result of a collaboration between the Campaign for Wool, Anderson & Sheppard, John Hudson and Doppiaa, that brings together their expertise to create a sweater that's fit for purpose whilst out in the elements.
Pip Stewart - Craghoppers Ambassador
We're delighted to announce that Pip Stewart will be working with leading UK adventure clothing brand Craghoppers for a second year. Pip is currently the face of their 'As Sworn By' campaign promoting their new Expolite jacket, which launched in October 2019. She will also be appearing on behalf of Craghoppers at Destinations Festival in London in early 2020. Further details coming soon.
The Spitfire Series podcast
Hosted by John Hudson, the UK military's chief survival instructor, The Spitfire Series explores one of the most iconic planes of all time - the Spitfire. Featuring interviews with Spitfire pilots, engineers and historians, this series accompanies a spectacular, world record breaking expedition - The Longest Flight. Two intrepid British aviators are currently attempting to fly a Silver Spitfire around the world, taking in some of the most famous landmarks on the planet and taking the Spitfire to countries that haven't seen it since the 40s, and some that have never seen it before. Sponsored by leading watch maker IWC Schaffhausen, the podcast is available to listen to here.
An Evening with Amanda Owen 2020
Following the huge success of her 2019 national theatre tour, we're delighted to announce that Amanda Owen will be sharing her fascinating farming family tales to an even wider audience in February and March 2020. Confirmed dates so far include Shrewsbury, Falmouth, Exeter, Chesterfield, Barrow, Loughborough, Monmouth, Milton Keynes, Worcester, Scarborough and Lancaster. Full details can be found on Amanda's website, www.yorkshireshepherdess.com
Brompton - Escape the City and Explore
Alastair Humphreys and filmmaker Tem Doran have collaborated on a beautiful new short film documenting their recent cycle journey to the wild and mysterious mountain of Suilven in the Scottish Highlands. Sponsored by Brompton to promote their new Explore bike and created in collaboration with Alpkit, Al's camping equipment partner, the film is a thoughtful meditation on the value of slow travel and taking time out from the noise of everyday life. You can watch the critically acclaimed film here.
Wolfpack in Japan
This summer, the Wolfsong team have paid three fascinating visits to Japan in collaboration with Wondertrunk, two coinciding with the Rugby World Cup. Ash Bhardwaj has been exploring everything that Iwate and Hokkaido has to offer the international traveller, whilst Al Humphreys is fronting this year's JNTO campaign promoting Tohoku, following the very successful 2018 campaign featuring Pip Stewart. You can check out Pip's wonderful film from last year here.
The Last Overland - Opihr Join The Journey
We're delighted to have recently joined forces with OPIHR Gin, whose inspiration is rooted firmly along the Spice Route, making them the perfect sponsorship partner for The Last Overland expedition currently travelling 10,000 miles from Singapore to London. OPIHR will also be showcasing TLO and bringing its spirit of adventure to London Cocktail Week, where the OPIHR bar will feature a replica of the 1955 ‘Cambridge’ Land Rover which took part in the original expedition.
Arabia with Levison Wood - DVD
We're delighted to announce that Arabia with Levison Wood will be available to purchase on DVD and digital download on Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon from October 14th 2019. You can pre-order your DVD copy from today on Amazon. The 5 x 60' series has recently been a ratings hit on Discovery UK and has already been sold into over 20 territories worldwide. Lev's book 'Arabia' was also shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year award.
Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess - Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
It's been an incredible couple of weeks for Amanda Owen, whose third book 'Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' entered the Sunday Times bestsellers chart at no.9 and promptly zoomed up to no.4 on Sunday June 30th. Amanda's national theatre tour has also been fantastically well received, with sell out events across the country. There's still time to catch some of the last remaining dates, so please do check Amanda's website for further details here.
John Hudson's 'How To Survive' - an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller
John Hudson's first book 'How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World' has stormed into the Amazon Top 10 Bestsellers Chart, reaching number 4 in its first week of release on June 27th. The book has also achieved the number one spot in both the 'Self Help & Stress Management' and 'Outdoor Survival Skills' categories, with Chris Evans describing it as a "brilliant, brilliant book. A solid 9 out of 10". Bushcraft & Survival also praised it as "a must read for everyone". Find out how a little outdoor survival knowledge from the UK military's chief survival instructor can help you with the struggles of the day to day. Copies available here.
South Africa Tourism & Levison Wood
CNBC Catalyst have recently launched their latest online campaign - a collaboration between South Africa Tourism and Levison Wood. Earlier this year, Levison travelled across the country to meet leaders and pioneers in technology, sustainability, healthcare and travel, to find out what South Africa has to offer for the modern business traveller. You can find out about Lev's experiences here.
Wolfsong Summer Reads
We're incredibly proud to have three new books hitting the shelves this summer. Amanda Owen's third memoir 'Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' and Levison Wood's first children's book 'Incredible Journeys' both arrive on June 13th, whilst John Hudson's 'How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World' follows two weeks later on June 27th. The paperback of Levison Wood's 'Arabia - A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East' is also coming soon on July 11th, making this Wolfsong's busiest summer yet.
Arabia with Levison Wood - Discovery UK Premiere
Wolfsong is thrilled to announce our latest TV deal, having secured a UK acquisition with Discovery UK for 'Arabia with Levison Wood' on behalf of producers, Blackmane Media. Discovery UK acquired exclusive UK rights to the series, which will receive its UK premiere on the main Discovery channel at 9pm Thursday June 27th and will run for 5 weeks. Wolfsong also previously negotiated and secured Blackmane's distribution deal with Sky Vision for the worldwide rights to the series (excluding UK & US), which is currently enjoying a fantastic response from international broadcasters.
Last Overland - Wolfsong secure headline sponsor
Wolfsong is incredibly proud to be working with Alex Bescoby and his team on their forthcoming 'Last Overland' expedition from Singapore to London. The epic endeavour will see them driving an original 1955 Land Rover 'Oxford', which has been been lovingly restored after it was discovered lying derelict on the island of St Helena in the south Atlantic two years ago. This is the very same 'Oxford' which undertook the 10,000 mile journey, but in reverse from London to Singapore 64 years ago. Even more incredibly, Tim Slessor, one of the original team members from the 1955 expedition, is joining Alex on this remarkable journey via Tibet and the 'Stans at the sprightly age of 87 to realise his lifelong dream of bringing the 'Oxford' home. You can find out more about the Last Overland via the official website and the wonderful expedition trailer. Wolfsong is delighted to have secured the support of STB (Singapore Tourism Board) for the project and we would love to hear from other likeminded brands/organisations who might like to collaborate with the team. Please contact Jo or Jonathan for further details.
Levison Fieldmaster jacket - Belstaff
We're delighted to be continuing our long-standing collaboration with British heritage clothing brand Belstaff, who have recently launched the latest incarnation of the Levison jacket. Designed in collaboration with Levison Wood and Wolfsong, the jacket is made with water-repellent cotton twill and includes an augmented utility pocket and storm-proof elements. The lightweight summer jacket is currently available in two colours: Bronze Oak and Sand. For more details, check out the Belstaff site.
John Hudson - 'How To Survive' speaking events
Publication day for John Hudson's 'How To Survive: Lessons For Everyday Life From The Extreme World' is only a few weeks away and we're excited to announce a number of speaking events to celebrate the book's launch. John will be appearing at Stanfords Bristol on Tuesday June 25th, Stanfords Covent Garden on Wednesday June 26th and Bradford Literature Festival on Sunday June 30th. Tickets are still currently available but selling fast. Hope to see you there!
Arabia with Levison Wood
Levison Wood's brand new 5 x 60' series 'Arabia' has had its first international debut, airing on BBC Earth in Canada at 10et/pt, Thursday evenings from April 17th. This epic adventure involved Lev circumnavigating the Arabian peninsula - some 5000 miles across 13 countries over a 6 month period. We'll be announcing the UK broadcaster and other global networks over the coming weeks and months. Watch this space!
Pip Stewart - BMW campaign
Pip Stewart donned her best green ski-suit and headed to Mayrhofen, Austria with BMW in April to test drive the latest BMW X1 and demonstrate her skills on the slopes. You can watch a short clip of her travels here.
Springtime on the Farm - Amanda Owen
The brand new series of Channel 5's Springtime on the Farm launches on Monday April 8th at 8pm and we're thrilled to report that our very own Amanda Owen has joined the cast. Taking time out from tending her own flock of 1000 sheep at Ravenseat in Swaledale, Amanda will be getting out and about meeting some of the other inspirational female farmers working across the UK today.
Amanda Owen Theatre Tour
We're delighted to announce Amanda Owen's first national theatre tour, 'Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess'. In this frank, funny and informative new show, Amanda shares heart-warming tales and honest anecdotes from her remarkable farming, family life in North Yorkshire. Accompanied by some of Amanda's wonderful photography, we’ll experience the highs and lows of the farming year, which in 2018 included the extremes of the Beast from the East and one of the hottest summers on record. This initial nine date run in June and July 2019 will take in: Bristol, London, Lincoln, Northampton, Scunthorpe, Ilkley, Cheltenham, Basingstoke, Sale and Bury St. Edmunds. Tickets available via the theatre box offices.
Amanda Owen - Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess
Fans of Amanda Owen's bestselling memoirs won't have much longer to wait for the third instalment in her remarkable life, which is set to be published this June. From tackling the long, brutal winter of 2018 to sharing a love of wild swimming with the children, it’s been another memorable time for Amanda and the family. Ravenseat is a tenant farm, so when Amanda spots a nearby farmhouse up for sale it’s the perfect opportunity for the family to put down permanent roots in their beloved Swaledale. A full and eventful renovation project ensues, introducing colourful new characters and more than a few hiccups along the way. With Amanda’s trademark Yorkshire grit and good humour, this new chapter on life at Ravenseat, where life is truly in tune with nature, will entertain anyone with an interest in farming life, outdoor parenting or who has ever considered a move to the countryside. 'Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' will be published by Macmillan on June 13th 2019 and is currently available to pre-order here.
How To Survive: Lessons For Everyday Life from the Extreme World - John Hudson
We're incredibly proud to announce John Hudson's brand new book 'How To Survive: Lessons For Everyday Life From The Extreme World', which will be published by Macmillan on June 27th. John is the UK military's chief survival instructor and an incredible storyteller and writer. In this first book for the general reader he reveals how strategies for life or death situations can help us excel in our everyday lives. Through gripping accounts of near disaster and survival stories from across the extreme world we learn how understanding the relationship between effort, hope and goals, can help develop the mindset that will allow us to make better decisions under pressure. 'How To Survive' is available to pre-order here.
Wolfsong celebrates 7 years of adventures
It's our birthday this week (March 2nd to be precise) and what a lucky 7 years it's been! We're incredibly proud of the whole team's many achievements since we first set up shop and we'd like to say a humongous thank you to everyone who's been instrumental in our story and the wolfpack's endeavours to date. Many happy returns all!
First Man Out - John Hudson
The brand new Discovery Channel show 'First Man Out' is currently airing around the globe and we're excited that our very own John Hudson, the UK military's chief survival instructor, will be going head-to-head with Ed Stafford in the Himalayas this Thursday, March 7th at 9pm. The show will also air in the US on Saturday March 16th at 10pm. You can watch a clip from the series here.
Arabia in the USA
Levison Wood's latest book 'Arabia' has now been published in the USA by Grove Atlantic under the revised title 'An Arabian Journey: One Man's Quest Through The Heart of the Middle East'. Hudson Books are once again showing huge support for Lev's publishing, with the title available throughout their network of airport and travel hub outlets. The book is currently climbing the American Booksellers Association Bestsellers list at #34 for hardcover nonfiction (04/03/19) and is the #1 new release in Middle Eastern travel guides on Amazon.
Our Yorkshire Farm - C5 Ratings Smash
We're delighted to report that the 4 x 60' series about Amanda and Clive Owen's farming family life at Ravenseat, North Yorkshire, became Channel 5's biggest hit of 2018 in the 8pm slot. Attracting 2.4m viewers for its opening episode, the series averaged 2.2m per show.
Groundbreakers: Dufferin - Adventures In High Latitudes
It's another exciting week for the Wolfsong team, as we announce Leon McCarron's first presenting role with the BBC, retracing an epic voyage of one of his great heroes, Lord Dufferin. In 1856, The 1st Marquess of Dufferin, Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, left his home in Bangor on an incredible 6000 mile journey to the Arctic in a small sailing schooner, his account of which became a best-selling book. More than a century-and-a-half later, Leon (himself from Articlave in County Londonderry) takes to the high seas and heads to the Arctic via Scotland, Iceland and Norway, to explore Dufferin’s background and motivation for taking on such a hazardous journey. Groundbreakers: Dufferin - Adventures in High Latitudes is produced by NPE Media and will air on BBC2 NI on Sunday, November 25 at 10pm. You can read the full press release here.
Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight
Wolfsong are incredibly proud and excited to announce that we're now representing the Silver Spitfire team. On August 5th 2019 at 1.30pm, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks will depart from Goodwood Aerodrome in an attempt to climb "a pilot's Everest". Flying a magnificent fully restored 1943 Spitfire around the world, the team will cover 27,000 nautical miles and visit 30 countries, sharing their experiences with the many people they meet on the ground and venturing into airspaces the spitfire has never been before. You can find out more about this epic, historic endeavour at the Silver Spitfire site.
Our Yorkshire Farm - Channel 5
We’re beyond thrilled to announce that Amanda & Clive Owen, along with their 9 children (not forgetting their 1000 sheep and other animals), are about to appear in their very own Channel 5 TV series. Produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group, ‘Our Yorkshire Farm’ is a 4 x 60’ observational documentary series following the highs and lows of family farming life across the four seasons in one of the highest and most remote parts of England. The series was filmed in and around Ravenseat in North Yorkshire throughout 2018, a year where we experienced both the Beast from the East and one of the hottest summers on record. Narrated by Ralph Little, ‘Our Yorkshire Farm’ starts at 8pm, Tuesday November 27th on Channel 5. You can find out more about Amanda, Clive and their family here.
YHA - The Adventure Effect
We're proud to be working with the YHA on their latest campaign, in collaboration with Cubo and Secret Compass, which highlights the fact that not enough children in the UK get to enjoy the great outdoors. In a three day experiment, 5 children who don't ordinarily spend time outdoors are taken on an adventure, whilst Alastair Humphreys is forced to stay inside. A recent study undertaken by the YHA revealed that only 1 in 5 children regularly play outside and that spending time outdoors is the key to happier, healthier and more confident kids. To find out what happened during the experiment, click here.
Levison Wood - Badlands & Beyond Tour
Levison Wood has been enjoying a fantastically warm response to his new stage show featuring tales from his most recent expedition around the Arabian peninsula - some 5000 miles from Iraq to Lebanon. Last night (November 11th), Lev played to a captivated full house at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, following dates in Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, Bath and Southampton. There's still time to catch the tour in Nottingham at the Royal Concert Hall (Nov 14th), Stoke Victoria Hall (Nov 18th) and Belfast's Ulster Hall(Nov 26th), where there will also be signed copies of Lev's latest book Arabia available.
Big in Japan - Ash Bhardwaj & Pip Stewart
Over the past few months, Wolfsong has been working closely with the fantastic team at Wondertrunk on a couple of campaigns showcasing adventure travel in Japan. Ash Bhardwaj travelled to Hokkaido on a horse-riding and mountain trekking adventure, whilst Pip Stewart has recently returned from a fascinating spiritual trekking trip in Tohoku where she experienced Yamabushi and Samurai training, as well as monk meditation. Look out for Pip's beautiful accompanying film when the campaign launches in January 2019.
True Tales of Real Adventure - Season 2
Following the success of last year's speaker series in association with Filson, we've embarked on a second season of events at the US outfitter's London store. Over the course of two months (October - November '18), 6 members of the Wolfsong team (Leon McCarron, Amanda Owen, John Hudson, Justine Gosling, Alex Bescoby and Ash Bhardwaj) will be sharing stories from their travels and extraordinary life experiences. Wolfsong will be returning to the States for a further Filson event this November too, as Leon McCarron heads to the San Francisco store on November 28th following a successful talk at their Great Jones Street store, NYC earlier this spring. Full details on the Filson events page.
Arabia - International Rights Deal - Sky Vision
We're delighted to announce that Wolfsong has secured a worldwide rights deal (excluding UK and US) with international distributors Sky Vision for Levison Wood's latest documentary series 'Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East.' Sky Vision has been a great supporter of Lev's work since the early days of Walking The Nile and has distributed his previous 4 series into over 100 territories worldwide, including France 5, RTL Netherlands, BBC Worldwide Channels Australia, Spiegel Wissen Germany, Servus TV (Redbull) Germany, DR Denmark, Blue Ant Canada and Discovery India. Produced by Levison Wood's own company Blackmane Media, Arabia was recently launched at MIPCOM where it received an enthusiastic response from the broadcast community. You can read the announcement in full here.
Pip Stewart - Theatre Tour Autumn 2018
We're once again working with the RGS and RSGS on a series of talks this coming autumn, where Pip Stewart will be sharing reflections from her recent expeditions in Guyana and Brazil and exploring the impact of human intervention in these remote regions. Pip will be appearing in Grantham (18/09), Stamford (19/09), Dumfries (24/09), Galashiels (25/09), Ayr (26/09), Helensburgh (27/09), Brecon (01/10), Southampton (02/10), King's Lynn (23/10), Exeter (24/10), Darlington (06/11). You can find more info via the RGS and RSGS websites. Pip will also be appearing at Culturebite festival in London on October 18th.
Al Humphreys - new Alpkit ambassador
We're excited to announce a new partnership between Alastair Humphreys and British outdoor experts Alpkit, across both camping equipment and their bike brand, Sonder. A long term fan of the Alpkit range, Al will be appearing at their Big Shakeout festival at the end of September and at Kendal Mountain Festival on November 17th, where he'll be sharing his thoughts on how to make time for adventure. Look out for further activity across the forthcoming year.
Ash Bhardwaj completes New Iron Curtain expedition
Huge congratulations to Ash Bhardwaj, who's just completed the final leg of his epic journey along the New Iron Curtain. Ash travelled an incredible 9000 kms along the western edge of the Soviet Union, starting in Arctic Norway in March and ending in Yalta in Russian-occupied Crimea in September. This was a complex and eye-opening expedition, exploring what life is really like for the people and communities neighbouring Russia and how history and geopolitics have shaped those relationships. Ash is currently editing a series of short films about his experiences, with plans for a book and speaker tour in the pipeline.
Justine Gosling - Norvia
Justine has recently teamed up with Norvia Nutrition as they launch their first product this autumn - a plant-based Performance Boost protein shake that promotes cardiovascular health and sports performance. The #Norvia30 Challenge sees each participant putting the product to the test as part of their own fitness regime. With a major expedition in the pipeline, a demanding day job as an NHS physiotherapist and peak fitness a priority, Justine will be trialing Performance Boost throughout September and October. Check out Norvia on instagram for the latest info on the challenge.
Levison Wood - Arabia - Theatre Tour 2018
There are just six weeks to go until Levison Wood's brand new theatre tour kicks off at Sheffield City Hall on October 28th, with further dates at Leeds Town Hall, Manchester O2 Apollo, Cardiff St. David's Hall, Liverpool Echo Arena, Glasgow Pavilion Theatre, Bath Forum, Southampton O2 Guildhall, London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Stoke Victoria Hall and Belfast Ulster Hall. A brand new trailer has been produced to promote the tour, which features exclusive footage from Lev's forthcoming documentary series 'Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East' (w/t). Tickets available via Ticketmaster and theatre box offices.
Levison Wood - Arabia
Levison Wood's latest book 'Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East', in which he documents his recent epic expedition circumnavigating the Arabian peninsula, will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK on November 1st 2018 and by Grove Atlantic in the US in spring 2018. Levison's UK theatre tour will coincide with publication, with a TV documentary series to follow. More exciting details to come over the next few weeks.
First Man Out - John Hudson v. Ed Stafford
The word is finally out! After months of keeping a lid on this top secret project, we're delighted to be able to shout if from the rooftops that John Hudson will be going head to head with Ed Stafford on Ed's latest TV series. Each week, Ed will compete against a world class survivalist in a gritty, real-life race to get out of some of the most hostile environments on the planet. But has he got what he takes to beat the UK military's chief survival instructor in the wilds of India? 'First Man Out' will air on Discovery UK and internationally across the Discovery network. TX dates tbc. You can find out more about the series here.
Emigrants - Chinese Rights deal
We're delighted to announce James Evans' 'Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World' is heading to China. James' fascinating insight into the lives of 17th century men and women who crossed the Atlantic in search of a better life has been licensed to Dook Media Group. The Simplified Chinese rights deal was brokered by our co-agent Big Apple Agency in Shanghai, with a publication date still tbc.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess - 2019 Calendar
Following her successful column in The Countryman magazine, we're excited to announce that Amanda Owen's latest calendar for 2019 is being published by The Dalesman and is currently available to order on Amazon. Featuring Amanda's wonderful photography from across the farming year, the calendar offers a warm and engaging account of farming family life across the seasons. Amanda will also be writing a monthly column for the Dalesman starting in January 2019.
Leon McCarron - Komoot
Leon McCarron recently teamed up with route planning & navigation app Komoot on a hiking trip to Portugal. Following part of an old pilgrimage trail, Leon combined the ancient hike with tracks he discovered on the Komoot app, which offers accurate elevation profiles and waytype info, to trace the coastline and venture out into the wilds. You can sign up to Komoot and find out more about Leon's journey on his profile.
Ash Bhardwaj - The Moth Radio Hour
In late 2017, Ash was invited to take part in the London edition of The Moth, a fantastic not-for-profit organisation which fosters and encourages the art of real life storytelling. Each participant is given 12 minutes to share an experience that had a lasting impact on their lives, performing in front of a rapt theatre audience at the Union Chapel, Islington. Almost a year later, Ash's story of taking his father's ashes back to India still resonated with the Moth editors and made the transition to The Moth Radio Hour, a show which is syndicated to over 400 radio stations across the US. You can listen to Ash's moving story here.
Levison Wood - Eastern Horizons
August 2018 saw the paperback release of Eastern Horizons, Levison Wood's fourth book, which was shortlisted for Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards earlier this year. Lev was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, a journey he revisited in part during his most recent TV series, From Russia To Iran. You can get your copy of the paperback here.
James Evans - Emigrants
Historian James Evans' insightful and beautifully observed 'Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World' was released in paperback in July 2018. An Evening Standard London no.1 bestseller when it was published in hardback, James' account of the ordinary men and women who make the voyage across the Atlantic in the 17th century has enjoyed fantastic reviews including 'marvellously engaging and comprehensive' (The Times), 'Eloquent testimony' (Financial Times) and 'Eye-opening...a fascinating book' (Daily Telegraph). You can order your copy here. James is currently developing ideas for his next book.
Leon McCarron's 'How To Save A Tribe' - Real Stories
July 2018 sees the launch of Leon McCarron's latest documentary project and his first for YouTube channel Real Stories (Little Dot Studios), which has over 1.5 million subscribers. 'How To Save A Tribe' is the story of the Samaritan community in the West Bank and the efforts they’ve been making to secure their future. With only around 800 members remaining in one of the oldest communities in the world, they’ve had to apply some modern day measures to help keep their tribe alive. You can watch Leon's fascinating film here.
Ash Bhardwaj fronts Telegraph Travel's first ever podcast
We're excited to report that Ash Bhardwaj has received a raft of commissions from UK national newspaper The Telegraph focussing on his epic expedition along the new Iron Curtain. Travelling 3500 miles from Kirkenes in northern Norway to Crimea, Ash explores 8 of the countries bordering Russia to reveal the humorous, surprising and sometimes harsh realities of life on the edge of Europe. Over the coming weeks, Ash will be writing about his adventures for Telegraph Travel in both print and online, with supporting video excerpts, as well as being the subject of Telegraph Travel's first ever podcast. You can subscribe here.
AIB Everyday Rewards - Pip Stewart
In June 2018, one of Ireland's leading banks AIB invited Pip Stewart to front their latest Everyday Rewards campaign, which this year focusses on the adventures we can find in day-to-day life. Pip provided her top 5 adventure tips for getting out of your comfort zone in your own locale and making the most of the cashback rewards AIB offers to customers. You can watch Pip being interviewed on TV3's flagship breakfast show Ireland A.M. talking about her own adventures to date and her role in the campaign.
Land Rover Explore - Justine Gosling - 700k views
Congratulations to Justine Gosling, whose launch campaign film for the new Land Rover Explore has surpassed 700k views on YouTube. Justine stars alongside endurance athlete Jamie Ramsay as they put the latest phone product from Bullitt (creators of the CAT phone) to the test. The waterproof, droproof, dustproof phone launched internationally in May 2018. You can watch the film here.
Emigrants sets sail for NYC - Cunard / James Evans
Following the successful launch of 'Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World' on both sides of the Atlantic, historian James Evans was recently invited by Cunard to spend a week on the Queen Mary 2 route from Southampton to New York. Over the course of the one week cruise he entertained around a thousand guests on the flagship cruiseliner with tales from his latest book, before arriving in Manhattan for a further speaking engagement at the Seaport Museum. 'Emigrants' will be released in paperback in the UK on July 26th.
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 Tour
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.