Guardian Masterclasses

Simone Baird Guardian Masterclasses

Guardian Masterclasses are a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world’s most forward-thinking media organisations.

Our courses cover everything from writing and publishing to design and photography, and from songwriting to film appreciation. Our course tutors are all leading figures in their field.

I joined as Head of Masterclasses in 2012 with a remit to expand the revenue-generating programme of events – both in terms of the courses offered (you can see our new full programme of events here) and the places we offer them (courses now run in Australia). I left in November 2014 to pursue other opportunities.


Clever Boxer

Simone Baird Clever Boxer

Clever Boxer is a series of talks and workshops that aim to help people punch above their weight in the creative industries.

We run regular events at the Soho House Group members clubs, and have also worked with the V&A and other clients on producing bespoke workshops and training programmes.
You can see the latest events here.

For more information on Clever Boxer, contact me here.


Speaking & Consulting

I’ve been running workshops and talks since 2002 – with the Guardian, Clever Boxer, Trashed, and as myself.

I’m always passionate about sharing ideas and engaging new audiences – ranging from teaching young teenagers about getting into the creative industries, to talking to business clients about the best way to engage their audiences.

I recently spoke at Dalston Darlings – Dalston’s official Women’s Institute.

If you’d like to talk to me about speaking engagements, contact me here.


Writing & Editing

Time Out London Riots Simone Baird

My background is in journalism, particularly in magazines. After leaving Australia for the UK I started my career in Edinburgh at The List magazine before writing for Jockey Slut, Sleazenation, The Face, the Sunday Times Style magazine, NME, Muzik and several Australian broadsheets.

At Time Out I was a clubbing writer before launching a brand new section (something that rarely happens) covering the emerging cabaret and burlesque scene. I went on to be a features writer (here’s a piece on the art of taxidermy (pdf)), and then features editor – commissioning the key stories and cover features for the magazine, including during the London riots of 2011.

I write across a broad range of subjects: travelling in Darwin (pdf),police attitudes to music scenes, female roller derby, Mexican wrestling in east London, and Edwardian etiquette.

You can contact me about writing or editing work here.