Full member: AFEPI
BA (History and Philosophy); MA (Journalism); M.Phil (Irish History)
Leaving Certificate Irish, French and German
I have been an editor and proofreader for twenty years and have edited multiple titles across a wide range of genres including art, biography, education, fiction, history, journals, memoir, and social research. I began my publishing career as a proofreader for The Dublin Review in 2002 before becoming an in-house editor with the educational publisher Folens, 2003–2006. I was Managing Editor of The Lilliput Press, 2006–2014, Managing Editor of Orpen Press (covering parental leave), 2015–2016 and Managing Editor of Irish Academic ǀ Merrion Press, 2016–2019.
Copy-editing, developmental editing and line editing (onscreen and hard copy); manuscript assessment; proofreading (onscreen and hard copy); readers’ reports; rewriting
Academic (humanities); art; autobiography; biography; education (primary and post-primary textbooks); fiction (novels and short stories); history; memoir; picture research; project management; readers’ reports; rewriting; style guide creation
An Garda Síochána; Clarus Press; Deirdre Whelan Publishing; Educate.ie; Folens Publishers; O’Hanlon Media (for clients including the Department of Health, FSAI, HRB, HSE, NOCA, OECD, and RSCI); Penguin Ireland; The Accounting, Finance & Governance Review; The Irish Cancer Society; The Dublin Review; The Educational Company of Ireland; The National, Economic and Social Council (NESC); Veritas Publishing.
I have been a reader for the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, wrote weekly book briefs for the Today with Pat Kenny radio show on RTÉ, and have contributed book reviews to Books Ireland.
Examples of work undertaken
Fiction: Kevin Power, Bad Day in Blackrock; Mike McCormack, Forensic Songs; Rob Doyle, Here Are the Young Men; Desmond Hogan, Old Swords
History: Cormac K.H. O’Malley & Anne Dolan (eds), ‘No Surrender Here!’ The Civil War Papers of Ernie O’Malley 1922–1924; David Fitzpatrick, Terror in Ireland 1916–1923
Memoir/biography: Cormac K.H. O’Malley & Nicholas Allen (eds), Broken Landscapes: Selected Letters of Ernie O’Malley 1924–1957; Patrick Myler, Dan Donnelly: Pugilist, Publican, Playboy; Robert O’Byrne, Desmond Leslie (1921–2001): The Biography of an Irish Gentleman; Trinity Tales (series), 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.
Film history: Adrian Frazier, Hollywood Irish. John Ford, Abbey Actors and the Irish Revival in Hollywood; Ciaran Carty, Intimacy with Strangers: A Life of Brief Encounters.
Art: Brian Lalor, Ink-Stained Hands – Graphic Studio Dublin and the Origins of Fine-Art Printmaking in Ireland (all edited for The Lilliput Press)
Education: Make Your Mark (edited for Folens Publishers)
Fiction/autobiography: Liz Nugent, Lying in Wait; Caitríona Palmer, An Affair with my Mother; Henry Sheflin, The Autobiography: Henry Sheflin; Peter Stringer, Pulling the Strings (all proofread for Penguin Ireland)
Fiction and non-fiction editing: Independent authors