About Me

linsey parkinson writerLinsey Parkinson (née Heald)  is a freelance writer and editor with over 25 years of marketing and communications experience in arts, sport and local government. She also offers marketing strategy, social media and web design for a wide variety of clients.

Linsey is currently Managing Editor at Open Up Magazines, two independent titles for South Manchester.  The magazines champion and celebrate local people, vibrant neighbourhoods and independent business.  She also works on umbrella promotion of independent small business and destination campaigns, as well as  promotion for health, wellbeing and heritage projects. She  designs and produces two academic journals in print and e-book form –  Manchester Memoirs for Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society and The Gaskell Journal for the Gaskell Society.

Before freelancing, Linsey was Marketing Manager for Manchester City Council. She led a team working on public information, internal comms and major event campaigns. Prior to that, she received several awards for her marketing work for public libraries. Linsey was also part of the marketing team at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. Before that, she established and ran the city’s hugely successful Irish Festival and worked on City of Drama, a year-long international theatre festival.

Linsey loves the freedom freelancing brings and likes to learn something new on every job. She also loves Italy, European crime fiction (especially detectives with ‘issues’) and clouds. She’s a member of Mensa and speaks French and Italian.  She’s based in Chorlton, Manchester, England.

You can read my full CV on LinkedIn