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Our Isles is an award-winning platform exploring the artistry of rural life through its food & drink, arts, culture, nature and landscape.

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Angus D. Birditt

Author, Food Writer, Photographer, Researcher, Founder of Our Isles

@angusdbirditt

Angus is a food writer, photographer and researcher, alongside his role as content creator for various food and farming organisations. He also works as a freelance curator, events host and editor of the award-winning Our Isles. He is currently Fortnum & Mason’s Cheese Expert.

 

Angus is the author of the multi-award nominated A Portrait of British Cheese (Quadrille Books), longlisted in the esteemed André Simon Awards, nominated as Best Debut Food Book in the Fortnum & Mason’s 'Food & Drink Awards', and listed in the Financial Times, The Independent and BBC Food Programme's Books of the Year.

 

Angus started out his career in the food and drink industry as a food producer in Wales, creating artisan products based on seasonal and foraged ingredients. Founding the food company in 2015, The Bridge Lodge, the business went on to be multi award-winning for both their products and sustainability in the first couple of years, Angus voted in Business Wales' Top 30 People Under 30. As the food company grew, Angus travelled across the UK with it to numerous farmers markets, national food shows and festivals, building up a knowledge of the food and drink seen in the UK.

 

With a new thirst to learn about food and farming, Angus worked with Farms to Feed Us, a platform that campaigned for better food and farming standards. In 2018, Angus moved to start work under Patrick Holden at the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) in Bristol. There, Angus’ knowledge of food and farming and its potential to transition to more sustainable production systems grew. He wrote articles, researched and published creative content on the SFT’s new research and policy work. From there, he has been building up his knowledge in the food, drink and farming industry ever since, joining another food and farming organisation called Pasture for Life.

 

Alongside his work in food and farming organisations, Angus’ passion to conserve the natural environment led him to establish the award-winning Our Isles, a platform that explores and celebrates the artistry of rural life in Britain and Ireland, through its food & drink, arts, culture, nature and landscape. Our Isles narrates remarkable food and drink producers, publishes in-depth articles on food and farming, supports artists inspired by the rural environment, curates award-winning exhibitions, and so much more.

 

Angus continues to travel across Britain and Ireland to support and narrate exceptional food and drink producers, focusing much on our artisan cheesemakers. He also hosts various events from cheese talks to supper clubs.

 

Angus has worked with a number of organisations and companies including: Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, UK Parliament, Sustainable Food Trust, Pasture for Life, Fortnum & Mason, the Countryside Charity, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, The Food Museum, Nature-Friendly Farming Network, Pipers Farm, Glebe House, Wild By Nature, among many others. He has also published a collection of poetry called Our Isles with Pavilion Books.

"We founded 'Our Isles' as a means to share, celebrate, and in some way, go to preserve the rural environment in Britain and Ireland. Under the canopy of 'Our Isles', we create and edit engaging work like our editorial 'Stories within Our Isles', publish articles, host exhibitions and write books, all to express our love for the countryside and to encourage its exploration."

Angus D. Birditt & Lilly Hedley

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Lilly Hedley

Printmaker, Illustrator & Content Researcher

@lillyhedleyprint

Lilly is a published illustrator, printmaker and award-winning food producer from North Wales. Her artwork is inspired by British rural heritage and history, our ever beautiful nature and folklore. Her work is handmade, using ethically-sourced papers and materials. Her prints and illustrations have been published in two books: Our Isles: Poems and Prints Celebrating The Art of Rural Trades and Traditions (Pavilion Books) and A Portrait of British Cheese (Quadrille Publishing).

Lilly's work has been exhibited across the British Isles. She was recently the artist in residence on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) and is in the process of completing a body of work based around the residency.

 

Lilly is content researcher for the online editorial Stories within Our Isles, researching and curating those who showcase the best of rural talent. Many of those selected have featured within the Our Isles exhibitions including 'Hedgerow' at The Food Museum in Suffolk and 'Our Isles I' at Oriel Davies in Wales.

Our Isles has proudly worked alongside the following organisations on various projects:

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