Dermott Barrett

Dermott Barrett – Editor

I am an editor, based in Ireland, working across a number of genres, including fiction, arts, architecture, business, management and travel.


I'm an experienced professional writer and editor, engaged in the publishing and business sectors. I work as a copy editor with publishing companies, self-publishers, business organisations and academics, producing books which range from works on academic and historic subjects to memoirs and biographies, along with various areas of business. I also specialise in Plain English services, to ensure that written communications are fully and easily understood by a particular target audience. I also provide services to clients in various areas of business as a copywriter and PR consultant.

I believe I am an easy person to work with, being always patient, friendly and courteous and willing to help in solving problems and in honouring deadlines. My aim is always to achieve the best possible results for my clients. While my main practice is in copy editing, I am also happy to work as a writer, re-writer and proofreader. I am always flexible and eager to please.


'I was very happy to have chosen Dermott as my editor when my PhD thesis was converted into a very successful book'.
David J. McInerney, author of 'The Realities of Policing Diverse Communities from Minority and Police Perspectives'.

'I don't think my book would ever have been published without the expertise and patience of Dermott'.
Jack Byrne, author of '19 Randell's Avenue'.

'Dermott's advice and experience contributed enormously to the success of my book',
Eoin Ryan, author of 'Trawled – When Adventure Becomes Survival'.
Antiques & Collectibles Architecture Art History
Contemporary Fiction
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Member of AFEPI (Ireland)
  • Member of SfEP (London
  • BA (HONS) University College Dublin
  • Diploma in Advertising
  • Diploma in Plain English
  • Qualified TEFL teacher

Work experience


Jan, 1998 — Present

My experience has been gained in servicing the communications needs of a wide range of clients in the business world, along with government agencies, publishing and PR companies and private clients, including self publishers.


Jan, 1981 — Dec, 1991 (almost 11 years)

As Head of Publications and Communications at KPMG, I worked with a number of outside suppliers, being responsible for the production of a range of client-focussed periodicals and books and the organisation of functions and events, as well as producing an annual overnight Budget summary. Reporting to the Managing Partner I had a role in maintaining high standards of internal communications within the firm at its locations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. During my time with the firm, I also played a central role in the rebranding from Peat Marwick to KPMG.
Based on interviews and contributions I also wrote, edited and produced a monthly magazine for distribution to all management and staff, along with a weekly internal briefing document.


New York University's Glucksman Ireland House opened a quarter-century ago to foster the study of Ireland and Irish America, and since then has led and witnessed tremendous changes in Irish and Irish-American culture. Alice McDermott writes about her son's Iri... read more
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Eranda A.

Eranda A.

Feb, 2024

fully satisfied with the professional work done by Dermott except for a couple of missed points
Dermott B.
Thank you very much Eranda for your much-appreciated and very positive review. For me it was a pleasure to be asked to undertake your very interesting project, which was very well researched and ...
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