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Hannah Hirst-Dunton

Hannah Hirst-Dunton - Editor

Oxford, United Kingdom

An editor with expertise in children's books, literacy and artwork design, I’ve worked with authors such as Julia Donaldson and Terry Deary.

Overview

I'm a freelance literary editor with particular expertise in children's books and artwork-led designs.

Much of my work has been with big-brand educational clients such as Pearson Education, Bloomsbury, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and levelled in line with the National Curriculum for English. Consequently, I have an excellent sense of the literary and linguistic levels at which children enjoy reading, and have particular experience developing materials to engage struggling readers - for example comics and magazines, detailed supportive artwork and themes developed ahead of phonic or word-reading ability.

The greatest part of my experience and passion lies in using artwork and layout to maximise the effect of children's fiction and non-fiction texts. I'm used to working in close liaison with illustrators and designers to create exceptionally high-quality and appealing books, whether they need to be whimsical, atmospheric, intricate, precise - or a combination!

Where desired, I can also offer insight on literacy teaching, and have supplemented both literacy and trade titles by developing learning points, fact files and activities that complement fiction - all assisted by my rigorous formal grammar training, acute attention to detail and thorough understanding of children's literacy development goals.

I also have experience with developing adults' fiction and academic work - and I'm always keen to add new skills to my portfolio.

For more information, please have a look at my LinkedIn profile and website - but here's one testimonial from a regular client.

"​I have worked with Hannah for over 5 years​ on a variety of Primary Literacy projects on materials for teachers and students. Hannah makes intelligent decisions and asks appropriate questions in a timely manner. Her editorial work is consistently of a very high quality, and she has a keen eye for grammar and accuracy. She is also able to work and manage her own schedules autonomously, liaising with in-house and freelance designers directly. Hannah's work on our Bug Club Planning Guides best exemplifies this. Hannah also has a creative talent for artwork briefing and reviewing highly-illustrated and highly-designed proofs. She has recently managed the entire editorial process for magazine-style readers for primary schools, adhering to a complex schedule and creating attractive and engaging content. Hannah is incredibly reliable and trustworthy, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."

(Mary Layland: Advanced Content and Learning Specialist, Pearson Education​)

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Literature Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Comics (non fiction) Education & Reference ELT

Certifications

  • MLitt English Literature (University of Oxford)
  • MA English Literature (University of Sheffield)
  • BA English Literature (University of Sheffield)
  • Foundation Degree in Classical Humanities (Open University)

Awards

  • AHRC Research Award
  • DeBreyne Scholarship (Interdisciplinary Research)

Work experience

Founder and Lead Editor

Self-employed
August, 2017 – Present (5 months)

I run a cooperative of experienced and dedicated freelance editors based in Oxford, England. It enables you to contact multiple experienced industry specialists at once - and so to commission all the editorial services you need for your project, directly with your chosen service providers.
We also work with preferred partners in order to provide comprehensive services for project completion. These include policy and market consultation, bespoke design work and many others - just get in touch for more information.

Freelance Editor (Primary Literacy; ELT)

Oxford University Press
November, 2015 – Present (about 2 years)

Skills developed:
• Familiarity with early-years literacy intervention and adults' English language teaching methodology
• Copy editing early-years literacy teacher guides and teaching materials
• Image briefing and research for early-years flashcards
• Copy editing adult literacy textbooks and workbooks
• Adults' education layout and quality best practice

Freelance Editor (Primary)

Hamilton Trust
August, 2014 – September, 2015 (about 1 year)

Skills developed:
• Copy editing of Primary teaching materials (inc. Geography, History, English, Drama, ICT, D&T, Art, Music, Science and Maths resources)
• Formatting of teacher- and pupil-facing resources
• Further expertise implementing the new Primary curriculum

Freelance Development Editor (Treasure House: Primary Literacy)

HarperCollins Publishers
April, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

Skills developed:
• Development editing of trade tie-in and spelling strands for digital literacy programme (KS1&2)
• Development editing of comprehension and VGP strands for pupil activity books (KS1&2)
• Development editing of cross-curriculum teacher lesson guides (KS1&2)
• Integration of trade and educational materials
• Tight deadline management for multiple strands’ schedules
• Further expertise implementing the new Primary curriculum

Researcher, Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford University Press
August, 2013 – November, 2015 (over 2 years)

Skills developed:
• Specialist research methodologies
• Understanding of Middle English
• Palaeography
• Technical (as well as practical) grammar

Freelance Editor (Children's Trade Fiction; Reprint Trade Fiction)

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
December, 2012 – Present (about 5 years)

Skills developed:
• Copy editing, fact checking and artwork briefing for high-profile trade fiction series
• Trade fiction layout and quality best practice
• Digital reformatting for POD products

Intern; Freelance Reader (Radio Drama)

BBC
December, 2011 – May, 2012 (5 months)

Skills developed:
• Assessment of new manuscripts for quality, propriety and market appeal
• Editing and division of manuscripts for adaptation to format

Freelance Development Editor (Primary Literacy)

Pearson Plc
September, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Recent projects:
• Development of primary-level multi-genre magazines for new comprehension resource
• Redevelopment and project management of teaching guides across all Bug Club book bands
• Development of character artwork for KS2 fiction and non-fiction in liaison with Pearson US
• Development of fully-digital grammar resource, inc. style guides, pupil lessons, demonstration videos, online games and assessment activities
• Preparation of KS2 Shakespeare unit in liaison with the RSC
• Ongoing development of print and digital resources (eBooks, eActivities and audio recordings) for high-profile fiction and non-fiction literacy strands, including levelling for KS1&2, storyboarding and design liaison and HTML formatting

Freelance Copy Editor (Quantum financial journal)

Camel Publishing Ltd.
June, 2011 – September, 2014 (over 3 years)

Skills developed:
• Quick and accurate assimilation of complex concepts and information
• Harmonious cooperation with managing editors and international colleagues
• Journal layout and best practice

Editor and Research Assistant (UNESCO World Book Capital project)

Oxford Inspires
January, 2011 – January, 2012 (about 1 year)

Skills developed:
• Management of a research team and liaison with freelance collaborators
• Copy-editing, writing and structuring diverse chapters of prose, events and financial statements
• Familiarity with Oxford schools’ learning and development needs

Transcriptions Editor (Swift project, Cambridge University Press)

University of Oxford
October, 2009 – May, 2010 (7 months)

Skills developed:
• Copy-editing scholarly editions and collections for books publishing
• Writing and manipulating complex language for non-specialist markets
• Managing references and right

Private Tutor (Primary and Secondary English)

Blue Tutors
June, 2009 – September, 2011 (over 2 years)

Skills developed:
• Familiarity with KS1&2, SAT, GCSE, AS- and A-Level syllabi
• Understanding of schools’ and students’ most effective learning tools and structures

Commissioning Editor (Arts Sections)

Forge Media, University of Sheffield
October, 2005 – June, 2009 (over 3 years)

Skills developed:
• Commission of reviews and feature articles for fortnightly publishing deadlines
• Training and management of writers
• Formatting, design and layout techniques using Quark, InDesign and Photoshop

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS1)/1B The Sockosaurus (BUG CLUB)

Ms Julia Donaldson

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Skate Monkey: Demon Attack (High/Low)

Paul Mason

Monkey and his friends, Zu and Sandy, lived in the Emperor's Cloud Palace. But they played all sorts of tricks on people, so, as a punishment, the Jade Emperor sent them down to Earth. They can only return if they prove that they can use their magical powers for good. Adventure is never far away! In Demon Attack, the friends are called to investigate when a headteacher is acting strangely. The... read more

Monkey and his friends, Zu and Sandy, lived in the Emperor's Cloud Palace. But they played all sorts of tricks on people, so, as a punishment, the Jade Emperor sent them down to Earth. They can only return if they prove that they can use their magical powers for good. Adventure is never far away! In Demon Attack, the friends are called to investigate when a headteacher is acting strangely. The... read more

The Football Trials: All Out Attack (High/Low)

John Hickman

This exciting coming of age story follows a boy from a tower block as he joins a premier league football academy. When Jackson's granddad is taken to hospital, Jackson's football suffers. When he looses his temper on the pitch, he puts his position on United's team at risk. Join Jackson as he struggles with the trials of football and family. Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support read... read more

This exciting coming of age story follows a boy from a tower block as he joins a premier league football academy. When Jackson's granddad is taken to hospital, Jackson's football suffers. When he looses his temper on the pitch, he puts his position on United's team at risk. Join Jackson as he struggles with the trials of football and family. Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support read... read more

Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent (BUG CLUB)

Vivian French

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Cool Cow Sheriff! 6-pack Yellow Set 12 (BUG CLUB)

Janice Pimm

Bug Club s Comics for Phonics are designed to support children with their reading practice and are packed with characters they will love.Finely leveled and 100% decodableComics with kid-cred to motivate even the most reluctant readerWell-structured with a clear pace and progression to get all children reading by 6Includes non-words for plenty of blending practice

Bug Club s Comics for Phonics are designed to support children with their reading practice and are packed with characters they will love.Finely leveled and 100% decodableComics with kid-cred to motivate even the most reluctant readerWell-structured with a clear pace and progression to get all children reading by 6Includes non-words for plenty of blending practice

Bug Club Blue A (KS2) Washed Up!

Payal kapadia

This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Blue A (KS2) level book: On a remote island in the middle of the ocean, three families compete to win Washed Up! - the biggest, baddest reality TV show on the planet! How will the families adapt and survive in such hostile c... read more

This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Blue A (KS2) level book: On a remote island in the middle of the ocean, three families compete to win Washed Up! - the biggest, baddest reality TV show on the planet! How will the families adapt and survive in such hostile c... read more

Claire's Prayer

Yvonne Cloete

An Inspirational Christian Fiction Romance Following the sudden death of her parents, twenty-one year Claire O'Sullivan finds herself alone in the world. Struggling to cope with her double loss, her aunt buys her a ticket to Zimbabwe to spend a couple of months healing in the majestic surroundings of a game viewing reserve called Impunzi. Although she is hesitant, having never traveled further... read more

An Inspirational Christian Fiction Romance Following the sudden death of her parents, twenty-one year Claire O'Sullivan finds herself alone in the world. Struggling to cope with her double loss, her aunt buys her a ticket to Zimbabwe to spend a couple of months healing in the majestic surroundings of a game viewing reserve called Impunzi. Although she is hesitant, having never traveled further... read more

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