Barry ShelbyCommunications Advisor
areas of expertise
- Copy writing
- Media relations
- Marketing and communications
Barry Shelby is an accomplished freelance journalist and copywriter with some 35 years of experience on two continents. Clients have included the Glasgow Herald, the Guardian, National Theatre of Scotland, and the Lewis and Harris Horticultural Producers. He has authored 10 books for the international publisher Wiley: including titles such as the Frommer’s Edinburgh and Glasgow Day by Day and Scotland for Dummies. Funded by the Climate Challenge Fund in Scotland, he has also project co-ordinated — with the aim to cut carbon emissions and increase environmental awareness — both a working community vegetable garden and several series of public workshops on best horticultural practices.
Raised in Northern California with an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University near Chicago, Shelby is former resident of New York City, where he spent not quite 14 years working as an international news editor (not to mention trawling quite a few bars, pubs, and restaurants in his spare time). After a subsequent decade in Glasgow (becoming a food and drink editorial specialist, an anti-motorway-expansion gadfly, and a naturalised UK citizen), he now stays on a croft near the isle of Great Bernera in the Outer Hebrides. Here he raises Blackface sheep for mutton, hens for eggs and vegetables for . . . vegetables.