After twelve years with The Scotsman Publications in a variety of roles, I am now freelance and keen to find new outlets. In other words: will work for money.
I have more than 30 years combined experience in book publishing and journalism (feature writing, as well as running magazines). In-depth interviews across the arts and culture sector are a specialty. There is a wonky (it’s the Scotsman, not me) online portfolio of my work at pinterest.com/randallwrites, in folders marked Everyone I’ve Interviewed, and Some Newspaper Columns. In 2011 I was part of the 26 Treasures project at the National Museum of Scotland, where I have also contributed to exhibit-specific podcasts.
I have been a repeat guest on BBC Radio Scotland, talking about everything from Audrey Hepburn’s sartorial legacy (Janice Forsyth’s Movie Café) to smelly co-workers (Fred MacAuley Show). I regularly chair at book festivals in Edinburgh, Wigtown, Melrose, and beyond, conduct bookstore Q&As , and have interviewed Rob Brydon and David Sedaris on stage at the Traverse and Tron Theatres, respectively. I’ve even done the voice-over for a short film made by Mark Cousins, for the handbag designer Catherine Aitken.
Recent gigs included handling the social media for a small business in Edinburgh, and I would be keen to find more clients keen to outsource these duties.
I am the programmer for Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s first crime fiction festival, which debuted in 2017 and returns in 2018.
Dual citizen (UK/US).
If you think I’d be right for your project, please get in touch: Randall.firstname.lastname@example.org