Writer & Creative Director

Hello!

Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog! 

It’s lovely to have you aboard!

What I do

I am an award winning, best selling Author of several books and a Creative Director working on high calibre arts projects across community.

I love to write and have been privileged to do that across different media – stage, television, national press, books and magazines too.

I delight in sharing the experience and adventures of my books at all kinds of events, including  the  Edinburgh International Book Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. I’ve spoken about the importance and benefits of traveling with care and respect though the Highlands and Islands of Scotland at XpoNorth. I’ve had fun engaging with crowds at The Spirit of Moray Festival and at Dingwall’s Word On The Street festival. I’ve delivered talks at the vibrant Aye Write in Glasgow, a highlight in the city’s cultural diary, and I’ve enjoyed speaking at the lovely Ness Book Festival too.

If you’d like a special event with your group, then please contact me directly, and if you are in Scotland then you may be able eligible for funding to support an event through  Scottish BookTrust

The arts in my life

I am passionate about the arts. They inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, being and they reach across all kinds of barriers in life that might otherwise divide people – that motivates me hugely. I have loved working in the arts since leaving college, at Liverpool Playhouse Theatre, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, on tour throughout Britain with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in Manchester and London for BBC Television

I bring my extensive arts experience to the unique Circle Journeys that I create with small groups across community, guiding individuals to find their voice to express themselves more freely and to feel into and express their natural wisdom with confidence. Please visit my Circle Journeys page to learn more about this powerful and innovative work. 

Mental Health First Aid

I am a Mental Health First Aider, trained to support adults and also trained young people.

My blog post about the experience of this qualification offers encouragement to anyone considering undertaking the training with Mental Health First Aid England. 

I bring the experience of training in Body based Strategies to Lower the Risk of Secondary Trauma to the work I do too, for this I studied with Charlie Blower of Moving Pieces.

The Moving Pieces approach embraces the relationship between the arts and science, particularly body based approaches emerging from neuroscience, which support mindfulness and self regulation. 

Moving Pieces is an organisational partner at the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

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Award winning best selling books

North Coast Journey  shares the benefits of deeper connections and ‘slow tourism’ through the far north highlands of Scotland. 

 52 Weekends by the Sea and 52 Weekends in the Country, among Britain’s top lifestyle and travel books offering inspirational discoveries and adventures throughout Britain. 

Happily, my work is acclaimed. My writing is distinctive and authentic, born out of my experiences – my boots on the ground!

Reviews, a selection

North Coast Journey

‘For Scottish travel, it doesn’t get better than North Coast Journey’

The Scotsman 

‘Comprehensive yet beautifully presented.’

Scottish Field 

52 Weekends by the Sea

‘as much a document of indigenous life as it is a travel guide’

Lonely Planet 

‘A stylish, useful and well-researched book’

The Telegraph

52 Weekends in the Country

‘This is the book that proves you don’t need to leave the country

or spend very much money to have a great time’ 

Waterstones Quarterly Review 

‘Brigid writes with warmth and appreciation

of communities that she knows and loves, and she inspires us to explore them.’

Rick Stein

Contact

If you’d like to contact me, please do.

For features please do just email me: brigid@brigidbenson.com

For other professional enquiries please contact my agent:

Sheila Crowley, Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London  Tel:  44 (0)20 7393 4400

Thanks for visiting! Brigid 🙂

 

2 thoughts on “Writer & Creative Director

  1. Hi brigit
    I am looking forward to coming along to your event tomorrow at Aye Write.
    I also look forward to meeting you again if you are not too busy.
    Deirdre (woman from the library burns supper with the broken wrist)

  2. Hello Deirdre! Lovely to hear from you after our meeting at the GWL Burns supper. Thank you for coming along today and please do come and say hello afterwards. I hope your wrist is making good healing progress!

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