PARKINSON-BENNETT, Matthew, BA English & Philosophy (UCD), MPhil English (Oxford)

Copy-editor, publishing & project manager, proofreader, writer

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Special interests: Literary fiction; literary history and biography; history and current affairs; art history; philosophy; education; children’s and YA literature; literacy.

Work undertaken: Copy-editing, proofreading, publishing & project management, writing. Briefing and working with designers and artists. Sourcing and liaising with printers, distributors, booksellers. Uploading metadata to Nielsen database.

Experience: Freelance since 2014, clients include Oxford University Press, Gill Books, Dublin Review of Books, Little Island Books, I.B.Tauris, Quinnipiac University Press.

In-house experience with Oxford University Press (October 2011–September 2014) and legal publisher Round Hall–Thomson Reuters (February–December 2016, short-term contract).

Experience of a range of text types including fiction, non-fiction, academic, illustrated books, complex books (with indexes, tables etc.), ebooks, audio.

As well as editorial work I have performed “publishing manager” roles which involve overseeing printing, design, uploading of metadata to Nielsen database, etc.

As an author I have been published by the Times Literary Supplement, Irish Times and Dublin Review of Books.

Examples of Recent work:
Project management: Space to Think: Ten Years of the Dublin Review of Books ed. by Maurice Earls and Enda O’Doherty (essays, Dublin Review of Books, 2016); Telling: Selected Stories and A Glassful of Letters by Evelyn Conlon (fiction, Books Upstairs, 2016).

Copy-editing: Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre O’Sullivan (YA fiction, Little Island Books, 2017); Ciara’s Diary: My Fantastic Teenage Life by Ciara King (humourous adult fiction, Gill Books, 2017); At Swim: A Book About the Sea by Brendan Mac Evilly (travel non-fiction, Six+West, 2015); Famine Folios (four titles) (nineteenth-century Irish history, Quinnipiac University Press, 2015).

Proofreading: China’s World by Kerry Brown (current affairs, I.B.Tauris, 2017); A Forgotten Man by Geoffrey Elliott (literary biography, I.B.Tauris, 2017); Once Upon a Place ed. by Eoin Colfer and illus. by PJ Lynch (illustrated children’s fiction, Little Island Books, 2015).

Writing: “Thinking Machines”, Dublin Review of Books (essay-format book review, May 2017); “Source of Delusion”, Times Literary Supplement (book review, February 2017).