I am an editor, writer and Tolkien apologist based in Melbourne, Australia.
I specialise in what might be called ‘user-centric’ writing: I’m able to put myself in the place of the intended audience and structure language in ways that will be intuitive to them.
I’m a strong advocate for plain English and accessibility. Good ideas deserve to be intelligible to a wide audience, and even when writing for a highly sophisticated reader, clear language will usually be more powerful.
Blog post: The generosity of plain English
I work on strategic documents for government departments, thought leadership pieces for corporate clients, and major reports for research organisations.
- Senior Consultant at Red Pony Communications
- Sub-editor for Oberon Magazine, international periodical on contemporary art
- Writer of speculative fiction
- Creator of The Whippet, a weekly newsletter
- Editor at Listverse
- Sub-editor at Uro Media, a high-end architecture publisher
- Contributor to Unpaved, online home for Melbourne’s country, folk & bluegrass music scene
- Sub-editor for Das Superpaper, an emerging and contemporary art media project
I have also copy-edited many books on history and culture for Monash University Publishing, including Making Chinese Australia: Urban elites, newspapers and the formation of Chinese-Australian identity, 1892–1912.
One of the best parts of editing is the opportunity to learn about incredibly diverse topics. Did you know there is a snail that builds itself iron armour by absorbing particles arising from hydrothermal vents? Amazing.