Three Scottish women have published a new book about finding health and happiness through nature and it’s the focal point of the Bookface Book Swap Brunch at Glaschu, in Glasgow on Saturday 4th September.
The book swap brunches are the brainchild of former broadcaster and avid reader, Heather Suttie after she started the book group on Facebook last year.
The book group has more than 1500 members worldwide and the event features a book swap, prosecco, brunch and a morning of all things bookish and this September event is of particular interest for those passionate about health and wellness.
Heather said “This is our third event which is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning – a beautiful location, fab food, great company and the chance to feed your brain and soul!” Tickets priced at £20 include brunch, a glass of Prosecco, tea and coffee and the opportunity to bring and swap four books.
Gabriella Bennett, best-selling author and editor of the Times Scotland’s lifestyle section will host a special Q+A with the women who’ve created this beautiful book as part of the Bookface Book Swap Brunch, a series of sold out events which feature a book swap, prosecco, brunch and a morning of all things bookish. This event is of particular interest for those passionate about health and wellness.
Scotland’s Wild Medicine is written by Highland medical herbalist Clare Holohan and Argyllshire nutritionist-health coach Lilia Sinclair, while young photographer Eilidh Cameron has provided the stunning pictures taken in and around Argyll, Morvern and Mull.
“Scotland has one of the worst health pictures in the world,” says Sinclair. “Cancer, obesity and diabetes are rife, not to mention troubling numbers of people with anxiety and depression. But it doesn’t need to be this way; we live in a country that is abundant in wild food that can also act as our medicine. We are also lucky to be in a position that no matter where you live in Scotland, we are all within striking distance of the coast or a river, a forest or a park.”
Although lockdown has been challenging for most of us, many people found themselves liberated from the confines of a daily 9-5, looking forward to getting outside and spending their limited exercise time in nature. In the 18 months since the first lockdown dog ownership has rocketed, meaning more people are out walking in parks and woodland. The burgeoning numbers of wild swimming groups are a further part of this trend that sees many people itching to get outside and into nature.
“The best thing about all this is that it’s free,” says Sinclair. “Getting out into the woods, breathing fresh air, or dipping in a loch or stream for that cold water natural high is something we can all do without too much difficulty.”
The book offers a guide to foraging in Scotland through the seasons, covering three plants for each month throughout the year. Holohan describes each plant in detail for those new to foraging, what each is good for in terms of food and remedies, and how it can be used.
Sinclair concentrates on the feel-good side of things, introducing simple ways to improve health and well-being from cold water immersion to breathwork and meditation, all firmly rooted in nature.
Cameron’s stunning photography intricately depicts each plant in the foraging section and reflects the beauty of Scotland in all her mercurial weather moods.
Sinclair said “We need to help people understand that their health and well-being is in their own hands. We are very excited to share our passion with Bookface member this September. Our mission is to help everyone get healthy and happy – and stay that way.”
Gabriella Bennett said: “I’ve long admired Heather’s energy and spirit, and her Bookface brunches are a perfect combination of both of those things.
“To be hosting the next event is a real pleasure, and I can’t wait to find out about Scotland’s wild remedies on the day”.
Scotland’s Wild Medicine: Reconnecting With Nature For Health, Well-being And Healing is available to buy from healscotland.com and costs £20.
Books will be on sale at the Bookface Book Swap Brunch on Saturday 4th September at Glaschu, 32 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AB.
The event runs from 9.30am-12.30 and tickets and details of the menu options created by Head Chef Dion Scott are available here: https://bit.ly/37nA8HB