Josie does
proofreading, copy-editing, copywriting, read-throughs, ethics...



I am a skilled proofreader, editor and copywriter who enjoys working with texts across a range of topics. I have particular experience in academic proof-reading, including PhD and Masters theses, as well as articles for submission to journals. My professional training in philosophy, combined with my lifelong love of language, means that I am skilled in creating clear, persuasive texts that get right to the heart of what's being communicated.I really enjoy working with my clients to make their writing more impactful, meaningful, and beautiful. 

I specialise in working with those for whom English is an additional language, as well as providing read-throughs and edits for style, form, internal consistency, and ethical sensitivity (including signposting to more appropriate sensitivity readers where necessary). I cater for most budgets, and am always happy to negotiate within reason (particularly for interesting projects!). 

I am also an accomplished art writer and contributing editor at New Socialist.

Please get in touch to discuss your individual requirements. I'd love to work with you! 

Selected recent copywriting experience.

  • Articles: see my writing page for an up-to-date list of publicly-available work

  • Catalogue text for ART GAMES, a solo show by Silja Strøm at Listasavn Føroya

  • Foreword for the second volume of Boxfriend My Boxfriend comics, by Canadian artist Jillian Fleck

  • Commissioned text for artist Emily Speed in collaboration with 38b Gallery, Peckham

  • Academic biography for designer/critic Karina Westermann

  • Successful grant writing and funding bid experience in both arts and academic contexts

Selected recent proofreading experience.

  • Various, New Socialist.

  • Consultancy and editorial support for TERRA COTTA, a book project facilitated by Emily Speed.

  • 17,000 word book of collected art writing and critical essays, for Arts Council England-funded exhibition project Are We All Addicts Now?

  • Various academic journal articles, on topics ranging from philosophy to social work.

  • Undergraduate essays—proofreading and tutorial support, specialising in humanities-based work.

  • Postgraduate theses—both masters and doctoral level, 20-100,000 words, across disciplines and contexts, including:

    • usability in software engineering

    • computer science

    • logging & ecologies in western Russia

    • French comics

    • the sociology of political activism in Spain

    • the construction of bodies in medieval texts