Ben Pritchett, PhD

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Availability

Update, 6th June 2022: I am unavailable for editing while I teach a summer pre-sessional course in English for Academic Purposes. I may be available for editing again from 5th September onwards, but that is still to be confirmed. If you are interested in booking me in advance for September or afterwards, please email me and I will let you know the latest situation.

Skills

copyediting; developmental/substantive editing; EFL/ESL editing; anglicising; research; writing; proofreading; EFL/EAP teaching

Media

journals; theses & dissertations; books; illustrated books

Training

Copyediting 3: Progress (CIEP): 2021

Copyediting 2: Headway (CIEP): 2021

Proofreading 2: Headway (CIEP): 2021

CE1: Introduction to Copy-editing (SfEP): 2017

P1: Introduction to Proofreading (SfEP): 2017

Experience

Freelance editor since 2015

Assistant Professor in English for Academic Purposes, Heriot-Watt University 2020–1

Collocations Dictionary Assistant, ELT Division, Oxford University Press 2001–2

Qualifications

BA English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, First Class

MPhil Criticism and Culture, University of Cambridge, Distinction Level

PhD Art History, The Open University

CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Subjects

animal rights, American literature, activism, anthropology (cultural, social), anticolonialism, anti-racism, art and art history (20th century, 21st century, abstract, academic, conceptual, constructivism, contemporary, graphics, modern, postmodern, sculpture, systems, painting, video, visual), architecture (history of, modern, urbanism), critical theory, culture, cultural criticism, cultural studies, education, design and technology, English language (English as a foreign language, as a second language, for speakers of other languages, grammar, usage, syntax, writing skills), English language teaching (EAP, EFL, ELT, ESOL, TEAP, TEFL, TESOL), English literature (contemporary, drama, modern, novels, poetry, postcolonial, Shakespeare, theatre, Victorian), economics (political, theory), education (distance learning, e-learning, exam preparation/revision, history, teacher training/education, theory and research, further/higher/tertiary), environment/energy (climate change, conservation, ecology, green issues, voluntary sector, renewable energy, sustainable development), feminism, fiction (fantasy, horror, literary, popular, science fiction, screenplays), film (cinema, cinema history, essay films, experimental films, movies, screenplay), food and drink (vegetarianism, veganism), history (20th century, British, political, social), literary studies (critical editions, literary criticism, literary theory, student guides), Marxism, media studies (audio, broadcasting, documentaries, photography, television, video), the New Left, psychiatry, psychoanalyis, psychotherapy (psychoanalytic), music (history of, popular, rock), philosophy (continental), politics/government (aid, British, current affairs, international development, international relations, developing countries), political philosophy, political theory, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, racism, sciences (history of, philosophy of, popular), socialism, social sciences, social studies (class, gender studies, labour relations, sexuality, sociology), theatre, tourism/travel (ecotourism, UK), transport (cycling).

Testimonials

Ben copy-edited most texts of our title, Food & Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures. English was not our author’s mother tongue, so it was really great to have Ben – a native English speaking copy-editor with an Oxford degree in English language and literature – both to help correct minor technical errors of wording and syntax, and also to put the text into the most clear and natural-sounding form. This was a complex job due to the compendious nature of the book, with its almost encyclopedic content including international vocabulary and specialist jargon, and Ben handled the full range of material with consummate skill. Ben always met our deadlines, and his communication was excellent. He also offered very good value for money. I would not hesitate to recommend him!

Julius Wiedemann, Senior Editor, TASCHEN

In 2017, I was working on turning my PhD thesis into a book, which has since been published by Bloomsbury as John le Carré and the Cold War. Ben really helped me with the revision and adaptation process: he provided editorial guidance on various levels, from recommendations for improvements in vocabulary and sentence structure, through to suggestions for clarifying my overarching arguments in each chapter. He read my work with sharp attention to detail and was particularly impressive in his ability to parse complex passages and communicate insightful feedback to me with precision. Because we have overlapping academic backgrounds in English and critical theory, and a shared academic interest in the Cold War, Ben was also able to provide specialist input on matters of fact and interpretation, all of which was very astutely observed and always in sympathy with what I was attempting to achieve as an author. As such, he is the first person acknowledged in my book.

Toby Manning

Thank you very much … Friends are far too polite and it has been hugely helpful to have a critical eye over the paper; in fact, it has made me more rather than less confident as I feel I have less to worry about.

Elizabeth Read, author of ‘Children’s Hospice Gardens’