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Richard Benson

In, Making Work for Ourselves, Benson will create a narrative non-fiction documenting the relationships between work, innovation and self-image in today’s North East. Based on the renewable energy sector and the people who work in it, it will consider contemporary identity, social relationships, and attitudes to work, and ask what they might mean for the future of the region.

Richard Benson bio
Richard edited The Face from 1995-2000 and writes for newspapers and magazines. His memoir The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside was shortlisted for the Guardian’s First Book Award and was chosen for Richard & Judy’s’ Book Club. His second, The Valley: 100 Years in the Life of a Family, won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, and the Portico Prize, and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. His new memoir, The Meadow, will be published in 2021.

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