I am an experienced and qualified copy-editor and proofreader.

I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, formerly SfEP).

Qualifications, training and professional development

City & Guilds Licentiateship in Editorial Skills

Publishing Training Centre: Basic Editing (Distinction)

Numerous SfEP training courses and conferences (e.g. On-screen editing 1 and 2, Efficient copy-editing, Professional copy-editing, Introduction to illustrations, InDesign for beginners, Introduction to web editorial skills, Indexing for editors)

I am a tutor on the CIEP's Editing with Word course, to which I contributed.

Academic background

University of Glasgow: MA, first class (Greek & Hebrew); PhD (Classical Greek)

Additional subjects studied at university level include English literature, Greek philosophy and Classical Babylonian.

My knowledge of French, German and Italian is often useful in my editing work.

Published work

I have researched and written four commissioned books:

Variety without Disorder: St Columba's School, 1897–1997 (St Columba's School, 1998)
Old Maybole and North Carrick (Stenlake, 2000)
Old Stewarton, Dunlop and Lugton (Stenlake, 2001)
The Merchants House of Glasgow 1605–2005 (The Merchants House of Glasgow, 2004)

It was writing the first of these that led me into editing as a profession. No matter how well researched and carefully written, all books benefit from the attention of another pair of eyes.