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Guild Member Profile

Gavin Aitchison

Journalist and freelance writer, social media & PR adviser
  • journalist
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • National Union of Journalists
  • I'm an award-winning news reporter and columnist and have excellent media contacts throughout Yorkshire and North East England.

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

Freelance beer and pub writer and journalist, based in York.

I was UK regional beer writer of the year in 2013 and 2015, andĀ can provide support with: copywriting, press releases, online video production, media and PR advice, social media strategy or award entries.

I was pub and beer columnist and news editor for The Press newspaper in York fromĀ 2009 to 2017, and now work part-time for a charity in the north west of England.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Available freelance to media publications looking for beer and pub-related content, or to breweries seeking media advice, or website and social media support.

What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?

The Guild is full of fantastic people, who love beer and enjoy telling others about it. What’s not to like?

Pieces of work by Gavin:

  • Farewell to my favourite neighbour

    Moving house was tough. Leaving my local behind was even tougher.

  • 33 set sail on a revolutionary voyage

    The best breweries deserve to be celebrated. This article celebrates a pioneering Transatlantic project by one of Yorkshire’s best.

  • The village that refused to give up its pub

    Two and a half years is a long time to wait for a pint – but they got there in the end

  • Who benefits from this needless pub change?

    Pubs belong to the masses not the bosses. I wrote this impassioned piece when one of the big pubcos targeted a charming drinkers’ local.