Richard Benson

What I do:

  • Brand development
  • Celebrity liaison
  • Content strategy
  • Copywriting
  • Creative development
  • Marketing strategy
  • Writing training

Proudest moments:

Richard Benson is an author, journalist and critic. In the 1990s he edited The Face magazine. In this period the magazine achieved record sales, won the International Magazine of the Year award, and promoted many of the emerging artists and cultural movements that became dominant in the late 1990s and 2000s. Writing and speaking about British society and popular culture in the media, he became known as   “one of Britain’s leading cultural commentators”  (The Guardian). In 2005 he published his memoir The Farm, an account of his family in the aftermath of the forced sale of their farm in 1999. The book was shortlisted for The Guardian first-book award, chosen for Channel 4′s Richard and Judy’s Book Club and as a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and became a number-one bestseller. Richard works with archivists and researchers at companies including BMW, Motorola and Unilever. He is a a contributing editor at Esquire and Hole & Corner magazines, and a contributor to The Guardian, Daily Telegraph London Evening Standard and Independent.

Seven things that make me happy:

  • 1 Serious discussions about trivia with my family
  • 2 Beer gardens
  • 3 Martha Reeves’ voice
  • 4 Labradors
  • 5 John McPhee’s writing
  • 6 The perfect yet effortless coordination of Martin’s haircut and spectacle frames
  • 7 Watching Leeds United win from the South Stand at Elland Road, preferably on a crisp afternoon in the autumn. (Feel free to Insert own “You must be unhappy most of the time, then” joke or similar.)

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