Alastair Borthwick, Author and Radio Broadcaster

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. He relocated to Glasgow, Scotland, when he was 11. Borthwick left high school at 16 in order to work as a writer at a news outlet called the Evening Times. He then began working for the Glasgow Weekly Herald. Borthwick wrote many of the pieces for the newspaper, as well as answered readers queries. A large portion of the newspaper’s writings were done by him.


Alastair Borthwick began rock climbing and decide to write about his experience in the 1930s. His writings were subsequently published by Faber and Faber. His writings included humor and memorable characters in order to keep his reader’s attention. The novels he wrote spoke about the stress that come with city living. The book was able to make light of the stressful problems that come with city life. Borthwick writings always included an element of humor in order to lighten the mood of the book while still delivering a powerful message to the reader.


Alastair Borthwick had dreams of working and writing in London. He began working with the Daily Mirror during 1935. After a year of working at the Daily Mirror, Borthwick decided it was time to change gears. Following the Daily Mirror, he was involved with the press club at the Empire Exhibition. Following this, he decided to join efforts with BBC. During his time at BBC, he worked in radio broadcasting in order educate the listeners of the radio show. Alastair Borthwick was not only a talented writer, but also a talented radio host. He excelled at public speaking and had a talent for engaging his listeners through his use of words. He was also able to write a clear and organized script.


BBC offered Alastair Borthwick a contract for his writings regarding the condition of Scotland following the war. The series lasted a total of three years. He also wrote for the “News Chronicle”. Grampian TV offered him a position in the 1960s for his writings and presentation of television programming.


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