I have over fifteen years’ experience working as an editorial professional for academic and charitable organisations. My words career began with African Books Collective, an umbrella organisation promoting and disseminating work by Africa-based and African-grown publishers. After post-graduate studies, I moved to the journal publisher Pion and edited academic social science papers, specifically cultural studies, philosophy, and the political sciences, eventually becoming editor of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
My interest in international relations led to a career change with an emphasis on working with charities, specifically international non-government organisations. As editor at the conflict prevention and peacebuilding organisation Saferworld, I substance edited and copy-edited reports and policy briefings, managed publication processes, and worked with international teams on communications. At both Pion and Saferworld, English was not the native language of many authors, and so I worked to amend language for better flow in English while retaining the necessary nuance of the original meaning, applying cultural sensitivity to the lived experience of peoples around the world.
I immensely enjoy the collaborative process of working with authors to improve reports and articles, and set up Raining Words to broaden my experience of working with different organisations. I now have clients from across the INGO world, and am also the English language editor of the online Yemeni arts and culture magazine, Al Madaniya.
My client list includes:
African Books Collective
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
International Rescue Committee
Small Arms Survey
Yemen Polling Center