When we saw this sign in India we laughed – but there was no way we were going to go swimming in the river, even though it was pretty hot there (would you?).
Point most decidedly taken!
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
We are freelance writers. Between us, we had more than 55 years’ experience of working for the RSPB and wildlife trusts. We can undertake freelance copywriting for interpretation panels, signs, leaflets, web copy and other materials. Some examples of our copywriting projects are shown below.
We work together on our writing projects. Our skills and ideas dovetail nicely and so do our writing styles, so customers get the best of us both! Everything one of us works on goes under the critical eye of the other before it leaves us. It’s a matter of pride that anything we send out to our customers will be to their brief, on time and in good shape.
If you think we might be able to undertake something for you, please do email us to discuss, using the contact page above.
WHO HAVE WE WORKED WITH?
Features and book reviews on an irregular basis. Derek authored the monthly garden wildlife page for approximately two years (discontinued in re-organisation of the magazine, 2014).
Examples of articles (each several pages long):
Examples of book reviews:
Editing web text, and writing / editing articles for World Birdwatch magazine (2015).
Edited EU Life+ report on behalf of the RSPB, 2015.
Teaching creative writing for Cambridge University ICE (Institute of Continuing Education), based at Madingley Hall, Cambridge.
Subjects include: nature (no surprise!), life histories, and whatever else comes up with a creative ring. Derek even ran a course based on the A14.
Read more about Derek teaching creative writing.
Derek has been writing a Country Diary column for the Guardian newspaper, since 2003 (over 250 entries). Sarah's images are frequently published in the on-line version (not in the printed version).
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Preparing, editing and amending copy to customer template, in line with clearly-defined RSPB brand. Reports, booklets, leaflets and display panels, 2013-2015 (images reproduced with kind permission of the RSPB).
Also preparing, editing and amending copy to customer template, in line with clearly-defined RSPB brand and youth brand.
Examples of what we have done:
Creating and writing activity sheet for new youth membership pack (2017)
Articles for kid's magazines
Editing technical document (2016). Also provided full-page image of wind turbine for inside page.
Monthly information pieces for RSPB 2016 diary (also done several other diaries for RSPB over the years)
Fungi bingo game for RSPB e-newsletter (2015)
This article was written for the 8-13 year olds magazine Bird Life. We designed and ran the experiment, photographing the results.
Part of a range of materials produced for families visiting RSPB nature reserves (2015)
Part of a pack for Big Wild Sleepout 2015 - we edited the text but we also designed, made and photographed the cakes (then assisted in eating them!)
Leaflet, 2015, promoting RSPB weekly lottery
Derek has been the editor of the Small Woods Association members' magazine since Autumn 2016. Sarah works on the layout, and supplies some of the images (including the bluebells on the cover of Spring 2018 issue).
Producing content for Think Publishing, on behalf of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Waterwise magazine, since Autumn 2016. Content includes adult features and regular double-page spread for children.
Two examples of articles for adults (each several pages long), 2016, 2017.
Editing translation (from French to English) for sense and flow, 2015
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Tourist information signage at Talgarth, Breconshire, 2013
Copywriting for matching visitor signs at the main car park and at the Tourist Information Office.
Powys County Council
Copywriting for a sign for Ystradgynlais Library in 2013, providing visitor information for the town to replace out-dated information.