- BA (Hons) Dramatic Art, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Training and professional development
- Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Trinity College, London
- Diploma with distinction, Sub-editing and Design, London School of Journalism
- French (intermediate)
- Afrikaans (intermediate)
I’m an editor and publishing project manager with over 15 years’ international experience.
I cut my teeth in publishing as an in-house project manager for Cedar Communications in London; I was responsible for the British Airways inflight titles, High Life, Business Life and First Life. In 2010 I moved to South Africa where I freelanced as an editor, proofreader and project manager for local (educational, trade and independent) book publishers, literacy organisations and creative agencies. I relocated to Ireland in 2021.
- Content development
- Project management
- Children’s picture books
- E-learning material
- Non-fiction books
- Text books (Primary and post-primary)
- Early childhood literacy
- Health and well-being
- General non-fiction
- Cedar Communications
- Cambridge University Press (CUP)
- Oxford University Press
- Macmillan Education
- Pearson Education
- Shuter and Shooter Publishers
- Mikateko Media (The Big Issue (Cape Town) and its spin-off childhood-literacy magazine, little issue)
- NB Publishers (non-fiction trade publisher, South Africa)
Examples of work undertaken
Some of my previous contracts have included:
- editorial consulting to Wordworks, an early childhood literacy NGO in Cape Town;
- projecting managing the reprint corrections of 108 titles for Pearson Education (across all 11 South African languages);
- commissioning content for foundation phase English readers for Oxford University Press (OUP);
- and proofreading The Big Issue (Cape Town).
My clients tell me that working with me is like putting their project in a ‘safe pair of hands’ because I focus on the details, establish the client’s needs from the get-go and keep my process completely transparent. I also deliver on time, every time. My volunteer work has focussed on early childhood literacy and encouraging a culture of reading and learning. I’m particularly proud of my children’s book, The Best Thing Ever, written for southern African literacy NPO, Book Dash, which has been translated into 16 different languages. I’d love to see the open source Book Dash model utilised here in Ireland and would welcome collaborators in this venture.