Lesley Benzie is a poet, who also dabbles in writing for film. She was born and grew up in Aberdeen and has more recently settled in Kirriemuir after more than 25 years of working and raising a family in Glasgow. While living there her vernacular was both a novelty and her initial impetus for writing, which resulted in numerous readings, publication in a variety of literary magazines and her first collection, SEWN UP. A year or so later she was awarded a place on the first Antonine Short film scheme and her short film ‘Drama Queen’ received funding from Scottish Screen and Glasgow Film Fund to support its production.
Shortly thereafter, life events consumed her attention and there was a hiatus and very intermittent periods of writing for a number of years. More recently she has been able to focus on her writing again as well as maintaining weekly contact with Glasgow through her part time job as a counsellor there. She was published in a recent edition of The Poets Republic Magazine and one of her poems was shortlisted in the FWS Vernal Equinox 2019 competition.
In 2020 she was runner-up to Sheila Templeton in the McCash Scots poetry prize and was Highly Commended in the 2020 FWS Vernal Equinox competition in Scots.