When not chowing down on borscht at dingy canteens or people watching at gallery openings for the blog, Lelde Benke is a Riga-based freelance communications professional and translator with a deep love for the travel industry. Drop me a line at hello(at)lifeinriga.com to see how we can work together!
Let me assist with your PR and marketing efforts
• craft your story through compelling copywriting for digital and print
• identify content gaps and opportunities
• be the English-language voice of your video, audio guide or similar
• provide external support to busy PR, marketing and events teams.
I’ll jump at the chance to work with travel companies, the creative industries and businesses looking to launch export operations. No project is too small.
I deliver quality LV > EN translations
Happy to work with non-scientific and non-legal texts, and prefer small scale projects. Translating fiction isn’t really my thing. Marketing copy, product and event descriptions, culture and travel-related texts are my ideal cup of tea. I also get a kick out of copy editing.
Me in the words of my clients and partners
Here’s what some of my clients have to say about our collaboration.
“Lelde helped me by developing new texts for Latvian Culture Canon website on various Latvian culture highlights in English especially crafted for English-speaking audiences interested in learning about Latvian culture. She is an excellent writer and story-teller! She was also punctual, easy to work and communicate with, very responsive and listening! I do recommend working with Lelde and she has definitely become a contact of mine to contact when a good, reliable writer, translator or communicator is needed!”
Dagnija Baltina, Director of Department at National Library of Latvia
“I worked with Lelde Benke for my first photobook Homeland. The Longest Village in the Country. It was such a great collaboration in terms of timing, communication, response, deadlines and quality. She has an absolutely great feel for the language, especially for more complicated texts such as poems. She’s a native English speaker who lives in Latvia and I would highly recommend her services!”
George Avetisyan, Photographer
“Lelde is a great and rare example of a responsible creative. I had the opportunity to work with her for three years on various projects. I was always inspired by her devotion and energetic approach to handling projects of a different scale. She’s structured and accurate when it comes to handling deadlines, procedures, logistics and concrete tasks. At the same time Lelde is great with coming up with new initiatives, sensing the relevant trends and applying them to the projects she’s working on, making them stand out and caring about the results they bring to the company. While being part of the same organisation, I saw Lelde deliver many successful content marketing and influencer marketing campaigns at the time when nobody really used the term ‘influencer’ yet in Latvia. I definitely recommend her as a professional and passionate colleague.”
Lina Ivanova, Digital Marketing Specialist