Alastair Borthwick was a well-known Scottish journalist, author and television producer. Indeed, Borthwick was a journalist who wrote literature on the subject of climbing and hillwalking.
Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scotland. And he also resided in Glasgow, Troon and elsewhere. As for his educational background, Borthwick attended Glasgow High School. And when he was 16, he commenced working at the Glasgow Herald.
For Borthwick, covering the more adventurous sides in Scotland was a novel area to write about in the 40s and 50s. For writing two books about Scottish adventures in the country, Borthwick became a top subject matter expert in his niche. Some of the tasks that Borthwick did for the paper was taking down a lot of the copy he got from newspaper correspondents who relayed their info to Borthwick.
Alastair also wrote and edited the film pages, the children’s pages and even the women’s pages. Compiling the crosswords and collaborating on “Letters to the Editors,” as well as readers’ queries was also worked on by Borthwick. Indeed, Borthwick got a first-hand view of how the Glasgow Herald works.
Mr. Northwick also has an impressive service record in WWII. He had the role of an intelligence officer during the war. And he traveled and resided in different areas of Scotland with Jura, his spouse in the 1940s. Borthwick also moved around Scotland in the 1950s as well.
Concerning his journalism career, Borthwick took an interest in hill climbing, fishing, as well as crofting. He covered these topics of interest producing programs for the BBC. Alastair and Jura ended up relocating to Glasgow to work with the BBC to cover events like the Festival of Britain, which occurred in 1951.
Alastair worked in the television milieus in the ’60s. And he produced approximately 100, 30-minute TV programs on a diverse range of subjects. Some of which were award-winning programs. Alastair is a multi-talented individual who published his first book, Always A Little Further. It was an instant classic concerning the outdoor literature genre. Borthwick’s also published a second book, Sans Peur.