Michael Britton

Michael Britton – Editor

I have many years experience of editing Open University materials - Spanish, education, history, music and ELT. I now edit fiction as well.


I have been an in-house editor for Oxford University Press and Collier Macmillan, working on major Spanish dictionary projects, and then had 20 years experience of working at the Open University, editing courses in Spanish, French, Italian, Education, Linguistics and Childhood Studies.

My areas are Humanities: languages and language teaching, music (I am a classical musician), history, art, education and fiction.

Among the many interesting projects I have been involved in as a freelance are books on: dance theory and practice, a biography of a jazz guitarist, the epithelium in medicine, a biography of a boy raised in Colombia during police corruption of the 1970s, and Sikh philosophy combined with quantum physics! My language-learning profile includes an International Baccalaureate Spanish textbook (Cambridge University Press), a PhD thesis, and an easy-learn French book, and primary school phonics textbooks.

Much of my work has involved editing text written by non-native-English speakers, so I am used to rewording academic or educational writing into natural English.

I will help you to determine clearly what it is you want to say and how best to arrange those ideas into an effective, readable shape. This could be working from a draft you have written or working together to develop your project from the start. I look at both the detail and the broad picture at the same time, so that there is a continuum of expression from high level thought to user-interface level.

Colleagues and clients have always found me to be reliable, responsive, good-humoured and motivating.
Education & Reference ELT History Music
English (UK) English (US)
  • MA in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, 2005
  • Diploma in Translation, Institute of Linguists, 1989
  • Intermediate Translator's Exam, Institute of Linguists, 1988
  • Final Diploma in Spanish, Institute of Linguists, 1987
  • Certificate in Copyediting and Proofreading, Book House, 1990
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Royal Society of Arts, 1983

Work experience

The Open University

Jan, 1999 — Jul, 2019 (over 20 years)

(As described in Overview above.)

Oxford University Press

Jun, 1989 — Oct, 1997 (over 8 years)

(As described in Overview above.)

International House, Madrid

Jan, 1984 — Oct, 1986 (over 2 years)

Museum of London

Mar, 1982 — Apr, 1983 (about 1 year)

Giving onsite talks to the public and schools about progress of the Billingsgate archaeological excavations, as 2000 years of history was being revealed.


Sean Levitt grew up in 1960s New York City in a rarefied musical environment. His mother was the singer Stella Levitt; his step-father, Al Levitt, was drummer for some of the biggest names in East-coast bop and West-coast cool-school jazz. Their Harlem apartme... read more
Palabras is a vocabulary book designed to give students the opportunity to learn vocabulary in a structured way. It provides activities to help develop specialised vocabulary as well as understand differences in register, and nuances of meaning among other thi... read more
What distinguishes some texts as 'art'? This book critically examines texts which can be considered 'literary', ranging from poetry, drama and fiction to performance art and online literature. It provides a lively and accessible introduction to stylistic, semi... read more
This volume examines ideas about creativity and various approaches to its study. It explores the argument that we use language creatively and the link between creativity and literary language. Chapters examine poetic language, narrative and performance in conv... read more
A Buen Puerto: Travesias

The Open University Course Team

The performing arts represent a significant part of the artistic production in our culture. Correspondingly the fields of drama, film, music, opera, dance and performance studies are expanding. However, these arts remain an underexplored territory for aestheti... read more
Portales 6

The Open University

Tailored to the 2013 IB Language B syllabus, our full-colour coursebook, Mañana, contains everything you need to succeed in your two-year Spanish B course. This coursebook prepares students for the 2013 Spanish Language B syllabus (first examination 2015), at ... read more
Oxford Spanish Dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries

This internationally acclaimed dictionary is widely used as a key reference tool by language professionals. With over 300,000 words and phrases, and half a million translations, and packed full of grammatical and usage information for both languages, it is the... read more

Michael has 19 reviews





Al J.

Al J.

Apr, 2024

Michael gave a quick response to brief and once a timescale was agreed, provided a concise and well-judged analysis of the text. just what I needed.
Michael B.
Thank you very much, Al. I really enjoyed working with you on this great music-teaching material, which I'm sure will be popular with its intended audience of drummers wanting and needing to learn ...
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Chris A.

Chris A.

Mar, 2024

Good job as ever!
Chris A.

Chris A.

Jan, 2024

Good, professional job!
Tammetra W.

Tammetra W.

Sep, 2023

I thought Michael did an outstanding job editing my work. He was professional and timely. I appreciated his efforts. He worked within the time frame and his fees were reasonable.
Chris A.

Chris A.

Sep, 2023

Michael is an affable and excellent structural editor who communicates clearly and delivers against his commitments.

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