Kirsten Irving

Kirsten Irving - Editor

London, UK

Copywriter, proofreader and editor, specialising in poetry, short stories, toys and games.

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Overview

I'm a freelance copywriter, proofreader and editor, specialising in poetry. I'm also a published poet and one of two commissioning editors at award-winning small press Sidekick Books. Clients include Faber & Faber, the Poetry Society, Literature Across Frontiers, Myrmidon Books and Periscope.

Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Fantasy
Literature
Mashups
Poetry
Science Fiction
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Nature
Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • Proofreading for Editors

Awards

  • Sabotage Award for Best Collaboration 2015
  • Live Canon International Poetry Prize 2011

Work experience

Freelance Copywriter and Proofreader

Irving Words
April, 2012 – Present (over 6 years)

An experienced copywriter and proofreader, I've worked with a range of commercial and non-profit organisations.

These include the publishers Faber & Faber, Periscope and Myrmidon Press, charities such as the Poetry Society and Literature Across Frontiers, London-based creative agencies Razorfish and four23, and SMEs Jellycat and NOER Organics Atelier. I've written journalistic articles for Maker World magazine, translated speeches from German to English and created sharp blurbs for self-published authors.

During my time as a Funding Content Editor with university-focused publisher Research, I trained with the Publishing Training Centre on their Proofreading for Editors course, and received InDesign training through Mouse. I regularly proofed and edited web and print content for clarity, house style and accuracy.

If it needs to read well, let me at it.

Editor (freelance)

Sidekick Books
September, 2009 – Present (about 9 years)

I'm one of the co-founders of award-winning, ACE-supported poetry press Sidekick Books, for which I have commissioned and edited more than 10 anthologies. I also write press releases and updates and manage a strong social media presence.

Funding Content Editor

Research Research Ltd
September, 2007 – December, 2012 (over 5 years)

As a senior member of Research Research's Funding Team, I researched, edited, disseminated and proofed information on pan-European research funding opportunities for publications including Research Europe, Research Fortnight and Onderzoek Nederland.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Harmattan

Gavin Weston

Harmattan (from an Arabic word meaning destructive wind ) tells the story of Haoua, a young girl growing up in a remote village in the Republic of Niger. Spirited independent and intelligent, Haoua has benefitted from a stable home life and a loving and attentive mother. She enjoys working and playing with her siblings and friends. Haoua worships her elder brother, Abdelkrim, a serving soldier... read more

Harmattan (from an Arabic word meaning destructive wind ) tells the story of Haoua, a young girl growing up in a remote village in the Republic of Niger. Spirited independent and intelligent, Haoua has benefitted from a stable home life and a loving and attentive mother. She enjoys working and playing with her siblings and friends. Haoua worships her elder brother, Abdelkrim, a serving soldier... read more

Long Time No See

Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe's father "Chick", a half-Chinese, half-black Jamaican immigrant, worked long hours at night to support his family - except Chick was no ordinary working man. A legendary gambler, he would vanish into the shadows of East London to win at cards or dice, returning in daylight to greet the daughter whose love and respect he courted. In this poignant memoir, Lowe calls forth the unstabl... read more

Hannah Lowe's father "Chick", a half-Chinese, half-black Jamaican immigrant, worked long hours at night to support his family - except Chick was no ordinary working man. A legendary gambler, he would vanish into the shadows of East London to win at cards or dice, returning in daylight to greet the daughter whose love and respect he courted. In this poignant memoir, Lowe calls forth the unstabl... read more

Faber New Poets 9

Rachael Allen

Princess Bari

Hwang Sok-yong

Princess Bari

Princess Bari

Birdbook: Book 3: Farmland, Heathland, Mountain, Moorland

An anthology of 65 new poems and 65 new illustrations celebrating British birds.

An anthology of 65 new poems and 65 new illustrations celebrating British birds.

Everyone is Watching

Megan Bradbury

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