Bookface Literary Group to Host Award-Winning Photographer and Cameraman at Upcoming Event

BAFTA- and Emmy-winning photographer and cameraman Doug Allan will recount some of his extraordinary adventures on the ice at an enduring book swap brunch in March.

The wildlife snapper – who has worked extensively with Sir David Attenborough – will discuss his captivating book Freeze Frame: A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice at the popular Bookface book swap breakfast at Glasgow’s Glaschu restaurant on March 5.

Doug Allan, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning photographer and cameraman

Bookface events are the brainchild of Coatbridge-raised animator and creative director Heather Suttie.

Coatbridge High alum Heather is an avid reader and created her 2020 Bookface Facebook book group during the pandemic, which has attracted an incredible 1,900 members across Lanarkshire, Glasgow and around the world.

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It features a book-swap event and a monthly get-together with a host of famous authors and guests to discuss their latest books.

At the upcoming event, Fife-born Doug will talk about how he spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to film full-time in 1983.

Since then, he has become a world-renowned and highly respected cameraman, having won eight Emmy Awards, five BAFTAs and twice winning the Wildlife Photographer of the Year underwater category.

Doug will share insight into his experiences filming nature and living in polar areas. He will also tell some of the stories behind his unique collection of photographs featured in his book.

Heather told Lanarkshire Live: “It’s a dream come true for me in 2022.

“I love Doug and his work; he is fascinating and a brilliant speaker.

“This book is just amazing and I can’t wait to hear how he manages to befriend polar bears and penguins .”

Doug’s directing career spans four decades and during that time he has worked for Discovery, National Geographic, BBC, and his camera work has appeared in groundbreaking series such as The Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants , Expedition Iceberg and Forces of Nature.

Sir David Attenborough said of Doug: “Doug Allan seems to be immune to most of the limitations that govern other humans. Moreover, he is totally fearless in a way that comes not from recklessness but from deep knowledge and experience.”

Doug added: “There are great days when animals behave spectacularly right in front of your lens. And other quieter moments where a deeper understanding is revealed, a new insight into the environment and what is alive there.

“I look forward to talking about these moments of truth and how they are a wildlife cameraman’s greatest privilege.”

Tickets are priced at £30 and are available from Eventbrite at

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