People have different ways of achieving. For me, this has been about using my volition to recognise how to be a Richard and be a Taylor, and be an editor. A background in the arts has helped and this is something that I am proud of.
Skills and interests
Hedera Felix: independent publishing
I am co-director of Hedera Felix, 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.
Online 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 the good plain English within their written voice.
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 as well as visual art. gnommero.tumblr.com
There were many opportunities to work closely with writers practicing in different forms and themes. This allowed me to responsively develop good practice for copyediting.
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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, learning the hard way. All-the-while, through a creative lens, I was building on my experience in writing and editing, as well as in online content production.
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 skills in copyediting. Furthermore, I was able to consolidate my skills in the facilitation of editorial support.
Studies 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
- with Fine Art Studio Teaching
- and research skills in Archives and Historical Resources
- 2004-2007: BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, University of Leeds