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Rebecca Smith

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Contact: Rebecca@beckcsmith.com
Local authority: Falkirk
Languages: English
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I am a writer and journalist originally from Cumbria but now based in Central Scotland. My first book, Rural: The Lives of the Working-Class Countryside was published by William Collins in June 2023 and was a Guardian Book of the Day. The book is about growing up in tied housing, rural communities and rural industries such as farming and forestry.


I have written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Post. Before becoming a writer, I worked in radio at the BBC studios in Glasgow, producing and co-presenting radio shows.


I am happy to give workshops, talks and readings on the writing process for any age. I have worked for many years with primary and secondary pupils whilst working within the BBC, mainly delivering events on podcast making and interviewing techniques. I can tailor workshops to suit any ability and situation.


I have chaired numerous authors such as Maggie O’Farell and Cal Flyn at book festivals and would also be happy to act as a witing mentor to teenagers or adults, guiding them along the writing and publishing process.

(Photo credit: Lina Hayes)

Local authorities can visit

Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Prisoners & young offenders

Topics of work

Adventure; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Family; History; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Travel writing

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500