Clare Gathercole

Professional Member
Location SpotFind Proofreading, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
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The services I offer at present are:

  • Proofreading (in PDF, using Adobe Acrobat Reader markup and BSI stamping)
  • Proof-editing (in MS Word, using Track Changes)
  • Copy-editing (in MS Word, using Track Changes)

I specialise in non-fiction and prefer to work on screen (though I can work on hard copy if required). I will also consider work requiring Adobe InDesign page layout.


My regular client base includes academic publishers (especially Taylor & Francis, for the Routledge imprint), publishing managers (Wearset), and journal editing agencies (Sunrise Setting).

I also work on an ad hoc basis for businesses, academic authors, postgraduate students, and other clients (notably, in 2018, a local HLF project, Wellington Remembers).

Training and qualifications

Recent training:

  • Basic Editing (PTC, 2017)
  • Mentoring in Proofreading (SfEP, 2015)
  • Proofreading 2: Progress (SfEP, 2014)
  • Basic Proofreading (PTC, 2013)

​Academic qualifications:

  • Diploma in Music
  • MA Archaeological Practice
  • BA Theology


Specialisms: Archaeology, history, music, religion / theology

Other recent subjects: Buddhism, business management, child development, criminology, economics, education, energy markets, ethics, gender studies, human resource management, marketing, politics, philosophy, photography, psychology, sociology, sustainable development, transportation


All my editors at Wearset were solid professionals but you were the best I had so far. You were one of rare editors who caught repetitious or contradictory statements ...  I’m very grateful for the excellent work you have done on my behalf.

Dr Milan N Vego, Professor of Operational Art at the Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA

I just wanted to say thank you so much for this, you did a truly excellent job on what turned out to be a rather mammoth task!

Olivia Hatt, Production Editor, Taylor & Francis

I would like to thank Clare Gathercole for her detailed proofread. Her valuable comments and explanations have helped to improve the presentation of this work. I could not ask for more.

Choy Fah Kong (BA MA PhD London SOAS), independent academic and author

It was an excellent proofread – very thorough, sensible queries and with great thought as to how to minimise the knock-on effects of changes. I’ll be recommending you to my colleagues!

Emma Hå​konsen, Production Editor, Taylor & Francis