Lesley Atherton is a unique individual, in as much she is a writer and a publisher. We’re at the beginning of an exciting working relationship together. I was overjoyed when she asked me to help her to start up her local community publishing company. So far I have: helped create and structure the three year plan, created an online marketing strategy and am currently working as the Social Media Co-ordinator developing the content strategy for her author and publishing emailers, blogs and social media channels.
Susie Debice is one of the leading nutritionalists in the country. With an impressive portfolio she is an established freelance editor, health writer and author herself. She knows the importance of getting her words professionally checked by another editor and proofreader. I make sure all her copy is a clean as a whistle and compliant to industry standards.
When Rivca contacted me to help her find the right words for The Refinery course I found myself learning more from her than I anticipated – it was one of the most collaborative working experiences I’ve had with a client. As a field leader in communications and mediation, she works with individuals and top organisations such as the BBC. Oh and she started an everyday language movement called Upwording to create positive revolutions in the mind. No biggie 🙂
Andrew Brooks is one of the leading photographers in the city. His incredible eye and vast artistic images means many parts of the planet from the Fens in his homeland East Anglia to the NASA Florida coastline have been given the Andrew Brooks photoshopping treatment. So far with Andrew we have worked together on his CV, work history interviews, his bio, newsletters, and helped to boost his license income streams by finding him representation with image licensing agency Gallery Stock in New York City.
Working with Andy and Dan of Travelling Light Circus was really good fun as you can imagine working with circus people. It was a nice creative collaboration that helped combine a story-teller voice for their website content with oodles of relevant keywords to connect with and attract audiences and clients alike.
As an agency news journalist a call could come in any hour from an editor at a national news desk from anywhere in the country. The number of Friday nights I scoured the land to cover a petrol crisis, a health scare or just a good yarn, led to many many stories like these.
If you’re an independent creative the times can be harder than for bigger organizations to survive. It’s important to me that we all help each other out and share skills. SZL were moving into their new space at Nexus Art Café, Manchester and needed some words for a fund-raising film.
| Bolton Hot Wheels, Bolton, UK.
In this Olympic year sports stories abound so it was good to get some column inches for this cycling club helping local people get back on track with their lives. Published in print (The Bolton Evening News) and online (The Bolton News).
It has been a long-term goal to write for this ethical social improvement publication. So I was over the moon when Colin Britt, a vendor with the magazine agreed to be my subject matter for this David Shrigley piece. It was an honour to help give homeless vendors a voice and some much needed column inches to help support their self-esteem and sales. David Shrigley, himself, was quite please with it, calling it the ‘best of the bunch’ about his major new show How Are You Feeling? at the Manchester Home.
When my ageing great aunty Lucy was approaching her twilight years I decided to interview her about my dad for his sixtieth birthday. She was old, ninety-six, had one eye and was confined to her bed after multiple hip operations on both legs but her mind was as sharp as a pin. And, more importantly from the vantage point of knowing him his whole life, she had a unique take on him. The result was a genuine and touching way to get to know my family, the present was original and the booklet became a small piece of family history. Treat your family and friends like celebrities and give them the gift of a lifetime. Your stories your way. Whether it be a one-on-one interview documented and written up in the voice of the family member or a full-on round the family take on a particular person. Either way you call the shots on how you would like to personalize these booklets and give someone a truly special and moving gift.