Writing and editing

Crocodile sign in India reads 'Ramganga River is inhabited by crocodiles. Swimming is prohibited. Survivors will be prosecuted.'

Sometimes a few well-chosen words can paint such a vivid picture.

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 writing and editing have we done?

We are freelance writers and editors. Between us, we had more than 55 years’ experience of working for the RSPB and wildlife trusts, amongst others. We work together on our various 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. Some examples of our work are shown below.

The Guardian newspaper

Early morning reflection of a tree in a river

Derek writes a column for the Guardian newspaper, called the Country Diary – it’s (almost) the world’s oldest newspaper column. It would be the very oldest, if one diarist hadn’t forgotten to send in his column sometime in the 1920s! You can see Derek’s Country Diary on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month, in the paper itself or online. The online version is often illustrated by one or more of Sarah’s photographs.

Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education

View of Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Derek is a tutor and course director (non-fiction) in creative nature and family history writing. You can find out more here.

Copywriting and editing

Sarah and Derek have had extensive experience with a range of organisations, from editing and correcting the English translation of a Portugese book to writing signs and articles to compiling and editing major reports for conservation charities.

Customers have included:

  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • The Small Woods Association
  • The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • The World Wildlife Fund
  • BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • Brecon Beacons National Park.
Society of Authors logo

 Derek is a member of the Society of Authors.