About Richard

People have different ways of achieving. For me, this has been about using my volition to be a good editor. A background in the arts has helped, as has life experience. My own journey is something that I am proud of.

Experience

Independent publishing

I am co-director of Hedera Felix, which is an independent publisher and community interest company based in Glasgow.

I manage editorial production for Mycelia; a magazine of weird and eerie themed writing as well as visual art. hederafelix.com

Hedera Felix is a voluntary outfit that is ambitious with its international reach. As a result, I get to copyedit content by talented and diverse people from across the globe.

Copyediting with Mycelia Magazine and Hedera Felix CIC.
Mycelia magazine, Issue 4.

Cooperative self-publishing

From 2011 to 2015 I was co-editor of the artist-led publication series Gnommero. Using Italo Calvino’s Six Memos For The Next Millennium as a theme, I helped cooperatively self-publish experimental texts, essays and visual art. gnommero.tumblr.com

There were many opportunities to work closely with writers practising in different forms and themes. This allowed me to responsively develop good practice for editing.

Web content production

For ten years I worked with a-n The Artists Information Company. Undoubtedly, this created a backbone of comprehensive editorial experience.

Working in-house, I copyedited web content and developed my own writing. I was able to promote artists, and their work, by helping them to use plain English to express their ideas.

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I was born in 1985, in Sheffield (UK), and grew up in the North East Derbyshire town of Dronfield, which is just south of the Yorkshire border. After studying an art-related course in Leeds, and graduating in 2007, I felt it was about time I moved to Scotland. I finally made the journey in 2009.

I started off in Glasgow and got involved in its artist-led independent publishing scene. Then, in 2011, I moved to Edinburgh and spent most of my time with poets and other writers. All-the-while, through a creative lens, I was building on my experience in writing and editing.

About Richard Taylor
Image I have a cooking pot lid on my head. It is my editing hat.

Urgently, because I was turning 30-years-old, in 2015 I moved back to Glasgow to study on the Master of Fine Art programme at Glasgow School of Art. During this time I realised that people recognised and valued my editing skills.

Honesty

So, you are thinking why bother paying for an editor. Maybe that pal, who was good at English in high school, could do you a favour.

It is time for me to be honest; I dreaded English class in school. Simply because, as part of the learning process, we were required to read out loud from books or plays. Back then the young me was actually not so good at reading out loud – or reading in general. I struggled with it.

My lips did not relate to my brain. So I developed my own analytical methods and used my creativity to appreciate language. I taught myself to articulate in other ways and this helped me to exceed later in life.

The thing about editors is that we are more than just good readers. Specifically, our understanding goes deeper. We have a unique type of focus that is inquisitive and responsive.

I can spot what you are getting at (your written voice) and then bring it to the fore so that readers – even kids struggling with English at school – can feel enriched and benefit from your words.

Academia and vocational bits

  • 2021: Measuring Social Impact with Social Value Lab
  • 2020: AMS Certificate in Advanced Music and Sound Technology, Academy of Music and Sound
  • 2018: Train the Trainer with Rivca Rubin
  • 2015-2017: Masters of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art (Distinction)
    • with Fine Art Studio Teaching
    • and research skills in Archives and Historical Resources
  • 2004-2007: BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, University of Leeds (1st Class)