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Alex is a self-confessed history nerd and award-winning researcher, with a love of travel and storytelling. Alex co-founded award-winning independent production company Grammar Productions, with the intention of making innovative documentaries that delve deeper into history and how it affects the lives of people and societies around the world today. His work has taken him to some of the less-travelled corners of the world, including the back-country of Sierra Leone, the remote Peruvian Andes and the insurgent-ridden southern Philippines. He learned to understand these very different places through studying their histories – best done by forming close bonds with the people who live there.
Alex's highly acclaimed films include We Were Kings, winner of the prestigious 2016 Whicker's World Foundation Funding Award, and his latest documentary about Burma's last remaining WWII veterans 'Forgotten Allies', which recently received its premiere at London's National Army Museum. Alex has also experienced life in front of the camera as the presenter of the travel documentary series Myanmar: The Incredible Journey, airing on Canal+ Myanmar and globally in 2019, as well as reporting on the mystery of Burma's lost royal ruby for BBC World News. You can read the full accompanying article here. Alex recently returned from his biggest challenge yet, The Last Overland, a 10,000 mile expedition from Singapore to London in a vintage 1950's Land Rover. The journey was inspired by the First Overland, which took place in 1955. You can watch Alex's showreel here.
Ash is an adventure filmmaker, writer and Telegraph travel columnist. A vocal supporter of the need for more diverse voices in travel and adventure, his assignments have included travelling to Everest with wounded British soldiers, meeting the Area Boys of Lagos in Nigeria, trekking through Sudan’s Bayuda Desert and making a pilgrimage with his father’s ashes to the source of the River Ganges. In 2014, Ash joined Levison Wood for 700 miles of his Walking The Nile expedition, filming extensively in Uganda and the Sahara. He subsequently worked on Walking The Himalayas, Walking The Americas and From Russia To Iran. His solo projects include trekking through the Albanian Alps tracing the footsteps of the WWII Special Operations Executive (SOE) and travelling through Colombia for the Insight TV series 'On The Run' (Sky 564). Ash has contributed recently to both Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and Open Country. He is also the co-host and creator of the successful travel and adventure podcast series, The First Mile with fellow Wolfsong team member Pip Stewart.
In March 2018, he embarked on a major expedition along the length of the new Iron Curtain, covering some 3500 miles over the course of 5 months. The journey became the subject of Telegraph Travel's first ever podcast Edgelands, reaching number 1 in the iTunes chart in its first week. He also fronted Barbour's SS18 campaign with a series of short films about the Jurassic coast and recently completed his third assignment in Japan with Wondertrunk. You can watch Ash's showreel here.
Ash previously taught secondary school Chemistry and Physics and he continues to volunteer in education, mentoring 6th formers. His articles have appeared in the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Huffington Post, Evening Standard, Sunday Times Travel and BA Highlife, amongst others. In 2014 he commissioned as an Officer in the British Army Reserve, where he serves in the Rifles.
Rhiane is an outdoor activist, with a passion for human empowerment and challenging the status quo. A keen cross-country runner at school, Rhiane rediscovered her appreciation for the great outdoors relatively recently, realising the positive effect getting outside and into nature could have on herself and the wider community.
A proud Mancunian, Rhiane has worked in the Civil Service for the last four years, where she is also a trade union representative. She currently sits on the Equity Steering Committee for the British Mountaineering Council, focussing on creating better opportunities for people through social change.
In 2019 Rhiane founded Black Girls Hike, a charitable organisation and hiking group seeking to address the lack of representation and inclusion of people of colour in the outdoor community and to provide a safe environment for black women to enjoy the natural world. The group also run training days and skills weekends in leadership and teamwork, which also address the under-representation of black instructors in the industry. Rhiane hopes to continue the growth of BGH across the UK, including new chapters in London and the Midlands, and to work with likeminded groups internationally.
Rhiane is a popular public speaker, including events with Pave The Way, The Countryside Charity and Kendal Mountain Festival. She has also received support from a number of outdoor brands, such as Berghaus, Lowe Alpine, Keen, Komoot and Vivobarefoot, including appearing in Vivo’s Winter 2020 campaign encouraging inclusivity in the great outdoors.
Having previously been acknowledged for her work at the Northern Power Women Awards, the National Diversity Awards and as a Wellness Warrior at the Boots Women of The Year Award 2019, Rhiane was also recently awarded Campaigner of the Year at the Great Outdoors Awards 2020. BGH have been featured in the Sunday Times, The Voice, Women’s Health, The Telegraph, The Metro and Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. You can watch a clip of Rhiane talking about her work here and follow Black Girls Hike on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Justine is an adventurer, former senior NHS critical care physiotherapist and volunteer aid worker. For the past year she has been working for the World Health Organisation in Copenhagen within their Disability and Rehabilitation Team. For 9 years prior to that, she worked at the London Royal Free hospital specialising in trauma and complex long-term rehabilitation, as well as acute and critical care (including Ebola patients transferred to high security units in the UK). She holds a BSc in Sports Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire and a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East London. Prior to joining the Royal Free, she worked as a physio at West Ham United FC and Wasps RFC.
Away from the wards, Justine has led multiple cross-country ski, kayak and hiking expeditions in the Canadian and European Arctic. With a deep appreciation of science and history, Justine hopes to engage people in those subjects through her adventures. These include a solo 3,500 mile cycle ride across 15 countries of the former Iron Curtain, a 1000 mile walk along the entire length of Finland and a Via Ferrata climbing adventure along the WWI front line of the Dolomite mountains. Justine also volunteers as an emergency responder, providing care and physiotherapy in flood-stricken Louisiana, in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, working with Syrian refugees in Greece and helping to rebuild the infrastructure of schoolhouses in Uganda's Kiryandongo refugee camp. Justine's most recent adventures include a hiking expedition in Greenland, as well as successfully summiting Mont Blanc and completing a gruelling expedition along the North West Passage in the Canadian Arctic. You can watch a clip of Justine sharing her experiences here.
John Hudson is the UK military’s chief survival instructor, designing and implementing the training of instructors in Land, Sea, and Extreme Environment Survival. Prior to joining the RAF as a helicopter pilot, John studied Product Design at Leeds College of Art. He has penned the joint services survival training manual, revised the RAF’s aide memoir found in all military aircraft survival packs and advised on the UK’s SERE (Survive Evade Resist Extract) training film, watched by all service personnel before deployment overseas.
John has been a resident expert on two series of Discovery’s “Dude, You’re Screwed’ (‘Survive That’ in the UK), putting his expertise to the test in some of the planet’s most demanding environments. Amongst others, John has survived the elements in Asian and Central American jungles, the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes of the Atacama Desert. John also appeared in Ed Stafford's latest TV series First Man Out, which aired on Discovery UK, USA and internationally in 2019. You can watch John's showreel here.
John's first book, How To Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life From The Extreme World, was published by Pan Macmillan in June 2019 and hit the no.4 spot in the Amazon bestsellers chart in its first week of publication. You can find out why Chris Evans described 'How to Survive' as a "brilliant, brilliant book" here (@ 8.38am). The book was published in paperback in July 2020, with John also penning a free e-book and additional chapter entitled 'How To Survive A Pandemic', which reached number 1 in the Amazon Short Reads chart. The US edition of 'How To Survive' was published by Countryman Press in January 2021.
Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, author, motivational speaker, filmmaker and photographer. After completing his Zoology degree at Edinburgh and a PGCE at Oxford, Alastair spent over four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through sixty countries and five continents. Since then, he has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic, run six marathons through the Sahara, completed a crossing of Iceland and participated in an expedition in the Arctic. He has also trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 - one of his pioneering microadventures. In 2017, Alastair spent a month busking with his violin around Spain, in hommage to Laurie Lee's travels in 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning'.
Alastair is the author of 11 books in total, including Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (William Collins), a concept he devised which resulted in him being named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and 'Grand Adventures', the follow-up title published to great critical acclaim. His previous brand partnerships include collaborations with The North Face, Samsung, komoot, Visit Britain, Molton Brown, Land Rover, Glenfiddich, Victorinox, Sea-Doo, Destination Canada, Cartier and Brancott Estate. He is also a proud ambassador for Alpkit and the star of Stowford Press' recent TV ad campaign.
Alastair is also the host of the acclaimed podcast series 'Living Adventurously', which has enjoyed over 250,000 downloads to date and reached number 15 in the main Apple podcast chart.
You can watch Al's showreel here.
Henry Jeffreys worked in the wine trade for two years, before moving into publishing, where under the name Blake Pudding he was a founder member of the London Review of Breakfasts and contributor to the Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury, 2013). Since 2010 he has been writing mainly about drink, books and popular culture under his own name, with articles featured in the Daily Telegraph, Time Out, the Spectator and Foxed Quarterly, amongst others. He was the wine columnist for The Lady magazine for three years and more recently the Guardian's regular drinks columnist. More recently, he has been a contributing wine critic for the BBC Good Food Wine Club in association with Laithwaites and a judge on the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2017.
Henry's book Empire of Booze, a history of Britain told via the nation's penchant for alcoholic drinks, was published by Unbound in November 2016 to great critical acclaim, with rave reviews in the Guardian, Spectator and Daily Mail, amongst others. In spring 2017, it was voted Debut Drink Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Awards. Henry was recently invited to the USA to promote Empire of Booze and discuss Britain's 'special relationship' with alcohol, including an entertaining interview on CNBC, which you can watch here. Henry is also to be found blogging at Henry's World of Booze and he is currently the Features Editor for Master of Malt. His book The Home Bar was published by Jacqui Small in October 2018.
Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker. His expeditions include walking 3000 miles across China, filmed for the Nat Geo series Walking Home From Mongolia, and riding a bicycle 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong. His resulting book The Road Headed West was published by Summersdale in July 2014. Leon has also trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert with fellow adventurer Alastair Humphreys and their feature-length film Into The Empty Quarter appeared on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Other adventures include exploring the route of the Santa Cruz River in Patagonia on horseback, travelling the length of the Karun River in Iran (resulting in the film 'Karun') and trekking along the peaks of the Balkans, in Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania.
Leon's latest book 'The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles On Foot Through The Heart of the Middle East', was published by I.B. Tauris in September 2017 and documents his expedition experiences through Israel, Palestine, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula. It resulted in a highly successful UK and US tour and was shortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018. Leon was also the 2017 recipient of the RGS's prestigious Neville Shulman Challenge Award. Leon has recently presented three acclaimed documentaries, the first of which, How To Save A Tribe, launched on YouTube's Real Stories channel, whilst 'Dufferin: Adventures in High Latitudes' aired on BBC Two NI and The Unknown Prime Minister & Me aired on BBC 1 and BBC2 NI in July 2021. In 2019, Leon undertook a major expedition project documenting ancient hiking trails in remote parts of China, where he'll be returning in 2022. You can watch Leon's showreel here.
Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and a Sunday Times bestselling author. Seen by millions on C5's Our Yorkshire Farm and ITV's The Dales, Amanda and her husband Clive live a life that has almost gone in today's modern world, one ruled by the seasons and their animals. Home is Ravenseat, a 2000 acre hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire, one of the highest, most remote places in England.
Amanda's first book 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess' (Sidgwick & Jackson), was published in April 2014, offering an honest, inspiring account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. The paperback of her second book 'A Year In The Life Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess', published in spring 2017, headed straight to number 2 in the Sunday Times charts, spending 5 weeks in the top 10. Amanda's third book Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, was published in June 2019 and reached the no.4 spot in the Sunday Times Bestsellers chart. Amanda's fourth book Tales From The Farm was published in March 2021, entering the Sunday Times bestsellers chart at no.4 in its first week of release. The book is a collection of Amanda's regular monthly columns as featured in the Dalesman, who also publish Amanda's successful calendar, which was a huge hit with Amanda's followers in 2021. A 2022 edition also now confirmed.
Amanda and her family regularly appear on Channel 5 in their very own documentary series, Our Yorkshire Farm, which returned for a third series in July 2020, with over 3.7 million viewers tuning in for the final episode, making it C5's highest rating show of the past five years. 20 more episodes of Our Yorkshire Farm were announced in March 2021, with a new series set to air in the spring.
Other appearances include co-presenting ITV's Summer On The Farm with Alan Titchmarsh and Angellica Bell, 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess Family Feast' strand on This Morning, New Lives In The Wild on C5, as a roving reporter on Springtime on the Farm and This Week On The Farm, as well as a regular guest on ITV's Countrywise. Amanda has also taken part in BBC's Masterchef as a guest judge and as a panellist on R4's Museum of Curiosity.
Pip is an adventurer, writer, presenter and trained meditation instructor. A self-proclaimed hippy at heart, with a passion for health and wellbeing, Pip is a firm believer that connecting with people and the great outdoors is good for the soul. Pip studied History & Politics at Oxford University and subsequently lived and worked in Asia for five years as an anchor and reporter in Hong Kong and Malaysia, producing travel multimedia stories for the Telegraph, BBC, CNN and South China Morning Post, amongst others.
Pip’s journey back to Britain in 2013, to take up the role of Adventure Editor for Red Bull Online, was an epic year-long 10,000 mile biking trek, starting in Kuala Lumpur and taking in 26 countries. In 2016, Pip’s passion for travel took her on a 3000 mile cycle, boat and small plane journey exploring Brazil and Peru and raising awareness of the environmental issues in the region. From the mouth of the Amazon River in the Atlantic, finishing in Lima at the Pacific, Pip documented the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and its devastating effect on the local indigenous communities. The journey resulted in a six-part documentary series, ‘Transamazonica’, which aired globally. You can watch the trailer here.
In 2018, Pip completed a major expedition canoeing the length of the Essequibo river in Guyana, from source to sea. A world first. More recently she accompanied the Royal Marines on their Norway 75 expedition, visited Japan on a spiritual retreat as part of JNTO's latest tourism drive and fronted AIB's latest brand campaign in Dublin. In autumn 2018 Pip embarked on a major speaker tour with the RGS and RSGS sharing her experiences of the Amazon, both of which received rave reviews. Pip is an Ambassador for Craghoppers and she has also recently collaborated with BMW, Burt's Bees, Merrell and Tourism Ireland. Pip is currently plotting a number of new projects, including her first book, Life Lessons from the Amazon, which will be published by Summersdale in September 2021.
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 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 Radwan family.
The Radwans firmly believe it is their duty to take seriously the role of stewardship (Khalifa), to produce food naturally and sustainably (Tayyib) – and to be grateful for the food we receive (Halal). In practice this means they adopt a responsible and holistic approach to all aspects of food production, from the farm to fork.
In October 2020, the Radwans appeared as regular contributors on the first series of Alan Titchmarsh's Sunday daytime show 'Love Your Weekend' on ITV (clip available upon request). Eldest daughter Asiyla also appeared in the first series of BBC2's My Unique B&B, which aired in March 2021. You can find out more about their inspiring work and the farm they built from scratch at www.willowbrookfarm.co.uk. You can also discover more about their motivations in the beautiful short film The Humble Farmer.
Levison Wood is an explorer, photographer, broadcaster and best-selling author. After studying History at Nottingham, Levison attended Sandhurst and served as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including Operation Herrick 8 in Afghanistan. Levison’s journalism has taken him to Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, North and South Sudan, most of Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal and South East Asia, with his resulting work featuring in the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and National Geographic, amongst others.
In late 2014, Levison completed a 9 month expedition walking the length of the Nile, which aired as a four-part series on Channel 4 and Animal Planet in spring 2015. This was followed by 'Walking The Himalayas' (5 x 60', C4) in 2016 and both 'Walking The Americas' and 'From Russia To Iran' (4 x 60', C4) in 2017. Lev's accompanying books 'Walking The Nile' and 'Walking The Americas' have been Sunday Times bestsellers, whilst 'Walking The Himalayas' was voted Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Awards. In spring 2017, Lev embarked on a sell-out 23 date theatre tour 'An Evening With Levison Wood' across the UK, followed by further dates in spring 2018. His fourth book 'Eastern Horizons', about his experiences hitchhiking from England to India as a 22 year-old, was published in November 2017 and also shortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award 2018.
In 2018, Lev returned from another epic expedition, a 5000 mile circumnavigation of the Arabian peninsula, taking in 13 countries from Iraq to Lebanon. His resulting book Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East was published in the UK in November 2018, accompanied by a major theatre tour, Journeys Through The Badlands & Beyond. Lev's 'Arabia' documentary series aired on Discovery UK and across the globe to great critical acclaim. The series was nominated for Best Documentary Series at the Broadcast Awards 2020. You can watch a short taster here. Lev's most recent TV series 'Walking with Elephants' aired on Channel 4 in May 2020, with his accompanying book The Last Giants published by Hodder. In June 2021, Lev published his most personal book yet. The Art of Exploration reveals the lessons Lev has learnt on the road over the past 15 years of travel through over 100 countries.
Lev is also the author of Incredible Journeys, a children's book beautifully illustrated by Sam Brewster, which was published by Wren & Rook in June 2019. His first photography book Encounters, which showcases a selection of his remarkable photography from his travels and expeditions to date, was published by Ilex Press in September 2020.