Earliest Days in Ruthergen
Do you know many authors who have had such success to have had the honor of having any of their works considered classic? Well, there is one author whom the Scottish have been looking up to for nearly half of century. Alastair Borthwick (1913-2003) was born into a family from Rutherglen and later they moved to Troon before finally settling in Glasgow. By the time Alastair Borthwick had reached the age and time to graduate from Glasgow High School he had gained a reputation as a young writer who wanted to go places.
Work at the Glasgow Herald
He soon got a freshman position at the Daily Herald in Glasgow making a copy from the reports coming into the newspaper from the phone. Alastair soon found his first big opportunity when he was given the position to head the new column “Open Air,” about the community and people surrounding the events taking place in the Highlands of Glasgow. Alastair Borthwick soon began realizing his love and dream of becoming a writer when he found opportunities to write about the people he met in the mountaineering community after taking up the sport of mountaineering. At those weekend mountaineering excursions the mountaineers began sharing their stories with him and Alastair would write about them in Open Air, giving his stories a wider reading and popularity. Not only did the local people of Glasgow enjoy Alastair’s column, but later when there were collected and recommended for publishing they came into the hands of the Faber Publishing company.
As providence would have it, before they came to the chief editor, Alastair’s collection “Going a Little Further,” were rejected. However, they came to the attention of T.S. Eliot, the Chief editor, and Eliot saw the importance and relevance of the writings and gave the green flag to go ahead and allow Faber to be the representative publisher. Going a Little Further has become one of the most sought after publications among those searching for outdoor readings.
It was soon after his short stay with the Herald that he was hired by the Daily Mirror in London. Alastair Borthwick moved to London with the hopes of a long career, but soon became disquieted and troubled by the social life of High Street and decided to return to Glasgow where he felt he could better fit in socially. The BBC immediately hired him as a broadcaster.