Writing, research and communications
ConBrio Associates Ltd
I am a freelance creative based in the UK. In September 2012 I begin a PhD at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), researching working-class mass-produced material culture, focusing on miniaturisation from the nineteenth century onwards.
My areas of interest include the environment, technology, transport, mining, education, archaeology and industrial history.
Writing:As a writer and communicator I specialise in feature articles, case studies, company profiles, corporate communications, online content and technical writing.
Over the last 40 years I have written for trade magazines, corporate publications and newspapers. I have edited children's books and scientific journals, and created reports, manuals, guides and newsletters as well as marketing and training materials.
Desktop Publishing:IT-literate, I am experienced in Mac-based desktop publishing and image manipulation.
Online content:I've been involved with the web pretty well since it began, so I have a good grasp of what an online presence can mean.
Editing and copy enhancement:
Poorly written copy and grammatical errors create confusion, frustration and bad first impressions. They result in loss of reader interest and can communicate the wrong messages. This is as true of a press release as it is of a technical manual. If, as a business or individual, you want your important copy to be read, then it usually benefits from editing by a "critical friend." This can be achieved quickly and with absolute commercial confidentiality.
I'm about to begin research for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. I spent 2009 and 2010 studying for an MA in Historical Archaeology at the University of Leicester. I am an enthusiastic and tenacious researcher with both science and arts experience.