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Guild Member Profile

Laura Hadland

Food & Drink Writer
  • Full member
  • Food & drink writer, champion of pubs & breweries
  • Midlands
  • camra
  • Heritage & Living History

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

Having spent 2020 dedicated to research and interviews I am pleased that my book ’50 Years of CAMRA’, the official biography of the Campaign for Real Ale, will be published in March 2021.


I run a creative agency called Thirst Media which champions small businesses including pubs and breweries.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I love beer because of the people it brings me into contact with passionate brewers, dedicated landlords, and enthusiastic regulars. I want to act as a champion for the small businesses that make our beer industry so wonderful. I despair when we are told that Britain has no food culture, because our heritage in beer is unsurpassed. I can offer an evocative insight into flavours, innovation and fantastic stories.

Pieces of work by Laura:

  • Campaigning, Camaraderie & Conservation

    Pubs, pints and most of all people have contributed much
    to CAMRA’s first 50 years, writes Laura Hadland

  • Floating on a rising tide

    Charnwood Cider’s triumph over adversity

  • Sup-liminal Spaces

    Train station pubs as liminal spaces.

  • What makes a British beer festival great?

    My ruminations on the Great British Beer Festival and the question of what beer festivals are for raised a lively discussion on the CAMRA forums!