Writer & Creative Director

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Hello!

Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog! 

It’s lovely to have you aboard!

On this page you’ll find reviews of my work and ways to contact me.  Further in, discover written posts about travels, lifestyle and experiences.

What I do

I am an award winning, best selling Author, Creative Director and Communications Specialist. I love to write and have been privileged to do that across different media, for stage, television and national press, books and magazines too.

In my role as an Author, I am invited to literary events, festivals and community groups where I share my professional insight, experience and imagery.

I made my Edinburgh International Book Festival debut in 2018. The fabulous event is the largest festival of its kind in the world and I was honoured to be invited to return to share my work and images with a full house audience in The Garden Theatre in August 2019.

In 2019 I was a guest speaker at XpoNorth, a jewel in the arts crown of the Highlands and Island, and I look forward to sharing my work at The Spirit of Moray Festival and Dingwall’s Word On The Street festival.

I’ve also been a guest author at the vibrant Aye Write in Glasgow, a highlight in the city’s cultural diary, and Ness Book Festival.

The arts in my life

I am passionate about the arts. The arts inspire new ways of thinking, seeing and being, and their power to reach across all kinds of barriers in life, that might otherwise divide people, motivates me hugely.

Along my career path,  I have worked with 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. Definitely a creative soul!

I bring my huge experience of the arts to work creatively in compassionate circle workshops with small groups in community, and in business. I have worked with young people, with adult addicts in recovery from substance abuse, and with older people. Through a series of workshops that build to performance, I guide individuals to feel into and express their life experiences with confidence.

My circle process positively changes the way individuals relate to, and connect with, others. This creative journey is extraordinary, empowering and transformative. It is a joy for me to bring my skills and experience to work with people of all ages from all backgrounds. For many of the participants, it is life-changing. But don’t just take my word for it!

Here’s the heart felt experience of a participant.

‘I can only describe the circle journey with Brigid to a public performance, in front of a theatre full of complete strangers, like confidently doing a parachute jump having never done one before! It changed me. I have found my voice. I feel more able to speak about my feelings, especially at meetings with other addicts. The whole project was amazing because it had no other agenda than to do good and I felt safe.’

Communication work

Alongside my writing, I deliver outstanding creative concepts for unique brand communication, imagery and headline events. I am commissioned to deliver big, bold, ideas achieving successful and engaging campaigns for major brands, my clients include John Lewis, Barclays Bank and the NHS.

I am also a trained Mental Health First Aider. My blog post about the experience of training for this qualification provides insight and encouragement to anyone considering undertaking the training with Mental Health First Aid England. Stepping into the training was an enormously life affirming experience for me. 

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My Facebook very mini movies

Having travelled and worked all around the British coast and inland Britain, I am an authority on fascinating places and the special people who live and work there. 

For short clips of extraordinary places and communities that I know and love please do see my Facebook posts.

https://www.facebook.com/brigid.benson.79

Award winning best selling books

I am the author of North Coast Journey, an inspirational adventure promoting the benefits of ‘slow tourism’ through the far north highlands of Scotland. White sands, blue mountains, golden eagles, red deer and traditional thatched blackhouses make this region unforgettable and my book shows you how to discover and experience magical places and make great connections with the local communities. 

I am the author of 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. These books transport you to places you may have heard of, and others that will come as a complete and delicious surprise.

Happily, my work is acclaimed. My writing  is distinctive and authentic. My books are the result of meticulous research and personal experience.

I can’t resist the curious, the quirky and the off the beaten track! 

Everything I share is tried, tested and trusted because I wouldn’t dream of sending you anywhere if I hadn’t checked it out first!

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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