About me

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Initially I trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, and for several years I ran my own design consultancy. When I found myself editing other people’s copy, I decided it was time to follow my passion – words, literature and books – and returned to university as a mature student. Ten years later I emerged with a degree, an MA and a PhD in English Literature. I have been working as a freelance editor and proofreader since 2004. The book of my thesis, Mary Blachford Tighe: The Irish Psyche, was published in 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Professional Affiliations

Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

Full Member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders & Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland)

Founder and member of the Editors’ & Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland (EPANI)

Partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

Member of the Society of Authors

I am a tutor on the CIEP’s Introduction to Fiction Editing training course.

Training & professional development

Practical mark-up of PDFs (SfEP), 2017
Professional Development Day for Fiction Editors (SfEP), 2016
Rewriting and Substantive Editing (PTC), 2016
Advanced Proofreading (PTC), 2015
Fiction Editing (Publishing Ireland), 2013
Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP), 2012
Brush up your grammar (SfEP), 2012
Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning (PTC), Merit, 2011
Introduction to web editorial skills (SfEP), 2011
Introduction to Proofreading (SfEP), 2011
On-screen Editing 1 & 2 (SfEP), 2010