Food & drink writer – small business advocate – pub lover – CAMRA’s Official Biographer

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Laura Hadland is a food & drink writer and Creative Director of Thirst Media. She has written for a wide range of publications about beer, wine and food, including bylines in Pellicle magazine, Reader’s Digest and Glug magazine. Her work has been recognised with a number of awards, including most recently a Highly Commended in Best Beer Writer for her book ’50 Years of CAMRA’, which has also been shortlisted as the best beer book 2022 in the Gourmand Awards.

Laura Hadland Gourmand awards winner sticker for 50 Years of CAMRA
Best UK Beer Book 2022

In 2020, I was busy having two babies – my daughter Bam Bam, and my first book – 50 Years of CAMRA, which came out in March 2021. Since then I have been busy writing even more about beer, pubs and food! Find my writing portfolio on MuckRack.

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Why is this blog called Extreme Housewifery?

Many people have asked me this over the years and I have tried to answer in a number of ways. But ultimately it boils down to “Why not”? My first Gmail account had a user name that referenced an old BBC series called ‘I am not an animal’. This is an excellent and hilarious series that I am happy to loan to you on DVD if you are unfamiliar with it.

Part of the schtick was a muscle-bound animal rights activist, who was chastised by the talking animals… You probably have to watch it… “Alright Ray Mears Extreme Survival!” So originally the blog was called Ray Mears Extreme Housewifery. Then I dropped the Ray Mears, because I realised I wasn’t really sure whether it was ecumenically permissible to take the name of Mr Mears in vain. Then I stuck my own name on the front instead, because for better or for worse, that’s what I got called. And the rest is history, present and undoubtedly future as well.

It doesn’t really make any sense, or mean anything. But it worked well when I broke the Guinness World Record for the Biggest Toast Mosaic.

In 2018 to celebrate its 10th birthday, I finally bought the blog its own domain. Probably should have done that straight away, my domain authority would be through the roof. But who cares?