Hamish Brown comes of a Fife family with overseas connections and has himself visited many parts of the world as traveller and mountaineer, but especially the Atlas Mountains of which he is a world authority.
Author, photographer, lecture, his first book, Hamish’s Mountain Walks is still in print (with Climbing the Corbetts) but he has edited two volumes of mountain poetry besides having volumes of his own poems and short stories published. He has written authoritative guides to the Fife Coast, the Edinburgh/Glasgow Canals and walks in various regions. His educational work was rewarded with an MBE and his writing with a D.Litt (St Andrews) and a doctorate from the Open University. He is an honorary fellow of the RSGS. Hamish is enthusiastic about most things Scottish: 2008 saw a large study of Scottish gravestones published and the two lectures on the topic have proved very popular.
He is working on a second Seaton Gordon Anthology, a collection of Scottish ‘Oddities’ and a study of early travellers in the Atlas mountains - 2 of 3 being Scottish. The Mountains Look on Marrakesh was short-listed for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2007. He is also a founding member of the Outdoor Writer and Photographer’s Guild.
Current events and projects
He does several illustrated lectures based on his books, often with reading and discussions (see list), and also talking about outdoor writing. Available throughout Scotland. He can provide equipment needed; mainly for adult audiences and writing groups, but will try anything!