Life member of the National Union of Journalists
Post-graduate studies in journalism at Louisiana State University (1979-80)
BA Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (1979)
Training and professional development
Qualified as journalist with National Council for the Training of Journalists (UK) in 1973
Retired in late 2018 as the Plain English Editor of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). Worked for 35 years as a journalist and editor in the UK, the US and Ireland, including 25 years as a senior editor on the Irish Independent.
Turning all manner of text into plain English; training groups to write in plain English; all types of copy-editing.
All types of text editing. Turning text into plain English and working to tight deadlines a speciality.
Politics, history, the law, economics, social science and health.
While working as the Plain English Editor at NALA, I have worked with 15 government departments, the HSE, the HSA, the gardai and a wide number of private companies. As a freelance editor, I have worked with a large number of post-grad and post-doc students preparing articles for publication.
I offer an unusual blend of text-editing skills from journalism to plain English editing. I specialise in performing to tight deadlines and turning text into plain English.