MA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages (Cantab)
Fluent written and spoken French and German
Over twenty years of editorial experience, in-house and freelance, in Ireland and the UK: main freelance editor at The Lilliput Press; freelance editor for New Island Books, Gill Books, The Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, The Educational Company of Ireland and independent authors; previously project editor at Dorling Kindersley Children’s Books, London WC2.
Every aspect of the editorial process, in Word and InDesign as well as on hard copy, from initial manuscript evaluation and substantive editing through to copy-editing, proofreading and checking of pre-press files. I also write pithy blurbs, press releases and manuscript reports.
Biography, memoir, history, art history, European culture, literary fiction
The Lilliput Press, Gill, The Hospice Press, Edco: The Educational Company of Ireland, literary agents (Marianne Gunn O’Connor, Jonathan Williams), independent authors and private clients, agencies (Carrowmore Publishing, The Word Garden)
Examples of work undertaken
Patrick McCabe, The Big Yaroo; Clíodhna Ní Anluain, Miscellany50; Tom Healy, An Ireland Worth Working For (New Island Books); Clodagh Finn, Through Her Eyes; John Kelly, Stories from the Deep (Gill Books); Alice Lyons, Oona; J.P. Donleavy, A Letter Marked Personal; Adrian Duncan, Love Notes from a German Building Site; John Turpin, History of the Royal Hibernian Academy; J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man Letters; Eva O’Cathaoir, Soldiers of Liberty: A Study of Fenianism 1858–1908; Christopher Fitz-Simon, ‘Rise Above!’ The Letters of Tyrone Guthrie; André Bernold (trans. Max McGuinness), Beckett’s Friendship; Caroline Preston, This Tumult; Rowan Somerville, Beat: The True Story of a Suicide Bomb and a Heart; Tim Jackson, Frozen in Time: The Fagel Collection in the Library of Trinity College; Mike Scott, Adventures of a Waterboy (all Lilliput Press); Bono et al., Sons + Fathers; Susan Ryan, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud: The First 30 Years (The Hospice Press); Abenteuer Deutsch Junior Cert German (EDCO).