Outdoor Focus Autumn 2023 | Page 2

2 3 4 8 12 14
8 12


FOCUS autumn 2023

New Member


2 3 4 8 12 14
New Member This month we welcome ( the other ) Andy Hamilton to OWPG
Snap Unhappy
David Taylor really doesn ’ t want to be a photographer in the movies …
The Singing Walkers Peter Gillman takes a tuneful tour through the home counties
Wainwright in Loweswater Chris Butter�ield has the answer to an interesting question
Big Weekend : the past twenty years
Kevin Sene looks at the history of the BW
Book Reviews Roly Smith reviews the latest outdoor books
National Parks Think you ’ re familiar with the UK ’ s National Parks ? Test yourself with this quiz
8 12
The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild is the only UK-based association of media professionals working largely or entirely on outdoor subjects . Our members cover every �ield of activity and all corners of the globe . They include writers , journalists , �ilm makers , photographers , publishers and editors , all with a passionate interest in the outdoors . For more information visit www . owpg . org . uk .
All images and text copyright the authors . Unauthorised use and / or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited .
If you ’ d like to contribute to the next edition of Outdoor Focus please send an email with your article idea to davidtphoto @ gmail . com . The copy deadline is 15 November 2023 .
Editing / design David Taylor ISSN 2043-8591 print ISSN 2043-8605 online Cover Lochan an lasgair in Glen Torridon / David Taylor

Andy Hamilton

Over the last 20 years I ’ ve been working as an author and forager and I love experimenting as well as researching . After writing the bestselling Booze for Free , I specialised in turning the hedgerow into a drinks cabinet ; Japanese knotweed tequila margaritas anyone ? More recently , I went back to my roots and have just finished writing a book for the National Trust which is aimed at novice foragers ( publication date April 2024 ).

In way of beating the call of a comfortable , indoor , middle aged life out of my system I started writing a long form , non-fiction narrative called New Wild Order ( publication date Jan 2025 ). I ’ m experimenting with some of the ancient ways of living that would have been commonplace in our society . Recently , this meant camping in the wild without food , following the ancient Norse tradition of Utiseta , or sitting out . I followed it up with a few nights camping with just a hammock .
www . theotherandyhamilton . com
2 outdoor focus / autumn 2023