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Freelance Directory

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Max Scratchmann

Welcome to the other side of the coin, the dark side of the moon and the crumbled part of the cookie.

Award-winning lifestyle writer and humorist with twenty plus years experience seeks commissions.

Alternative lifestyle, down-shifting, weird food, off-beat humour, self employment, guerrilla marketing, alternative travel/tourism, foreign/art-house film & DVD, kinky sex, strange people, outsider art, etc. If it’s off the wall call me now! Features, columns, reviews, books even!

Author of two books, The Betty Boop Book, the unauthorised biography of animation’s first sex symbol, and ILLUSTARTION 101, a streetwise marketing guide for illustrators, now in its second edition.

Tel: 01224 487880




David Thomas

Writer with 25 years’ experience providing news and features about all aspects of European automotive industry for national consumer/specialist titles and newspapers. New-car launches, road tests and vehicle manufacturing, plus interviews with the people behind the products – from used car salesmen to the boss of Ford.

Tel: 01923 854466



Marianne Curphey

Award-winning personal finance writer specialising in pensions, investment, mortgages, property, and savings. Expert on career development and work/life balance.

Top quality, bespoke copy delivered to deadline for national newspapers, magazines and websites. Former staff writer and commissioning editor, contributor to Observer, Telegraph, Times, Guardian Unlimited and numerous consumer, business and in-house magazines. Also available for corporate and consultancy work.

  • Author of E-Cash, a guide to managing your money online
  • Launch editor of Guardian Unlimited Money
  • Specialist in finding interesting and unusual case-studies
  • Can provide advice on launching and managing websites
  • Highly experienced writer and editor

Tel: 01943 604025 or 07971 047284




Ryan Beaird

Please contact Ryan Beaird on 0773 7738816 or email


JaredMedia Circulation Consultants Ex News International – Mirror Group

Clients base: UK – USA – Germany – India. Advise on Planning – Market Target Focusing – Subscription Management – Retail Development. We also provide a one cost review service enables you to see if your current set up is working to it’s full potential.

Tel: 01438871224




Lee-Anne Smith

Experienced all rounder delivers quality copy to deadline across all industries. Specialises in corporate editorial bringing unique combination of left-brain logic and right-brain creativity to all projects including press releases, articles, brochures, newsletters, annual report copy, presentations, speeches, web content, proof reading.

Tel: 0208 858 0021
Tel: 07909 536 197


Jamie Smith

Experienced news and features writer, based in the wilds of Cornwall. I can file copy before the plane has landed at Newquay or the train leaves Paddington. Specialist in environment, yachting, travel and tourism, farming, gardening and available at the drop of a hat for news assignments. Regular contributor to national papers, specialist and local press. Also available for copywriting.

Contact: Jamie Smith

Tel: 01326 376880, 07870 270058



Samuel Dardick – Crossword/Wordgame

Long established freelance crossword/word game compiler having retired in 1999 but hoping to re-commence activities, now find myself left behind in the business race due to lack of email, fax or online facilities (never needed them!). Is there a features editor out there, able and willing to forego this computer-obsessed society and get down to good old-fashioned sensible business communication?

Samuel Dardick

Flat 9, Highgrove Court, Beadham Drive, Blackley, Manchester M9 0GT

Tel: 0161 740 7102 – 9am – 1pm


Momtaz Begum-Hossain

From papercrafts (cardmaking/scrapbooking/papier mache) to customising (clothing/gifts), sewing (appliqué/patchwork) to jewellery making (wire), knitting to silk painting, I can design and write original projects for your publication on a variety of techniques. Whether you’d like a ‘how to’ or ‘beginner’s guide’ feature or interviews with leading crafts industry experts – I will answer your crafts queries. Homes/interiors/fashion – all types of ‘DIY makes’ covered. I have worked on leading adults and children’s crafts publications and am the author of ‘Bollywood Crafts: 20 projects inspired by Popular Indian Cinema.’

All abilities are catered for including beginners and experienced enthusiasts. I have worked on a successful re-launch and have a bulging contacts book. Talk to me about your ideas including how to incorporate crafts into your publication. All projects and work are original, full step-by-step instructions, hints/tips and variations given – no projects refused!


Website :

Mobile: 07931 511 782


Christine Michael

I’ve edited two market-leading slimming magazines and written a popular reference book on weight management; now I’m freelancing again, keen to help if you need authoritative, reader-friendly features on all aspects of diet and health, and interested in editorial project work too.

01789 842305


Steve Barnes

The remote sub-editor

I sub copy. Any copy – news, features, sport, business, websites, magazines, newspapers. If you’re short of subs, just give me a call and I’ll log in and help out. I also design and produce publications – anything that contains words and pictures. If it’s digital, I can do it.


Websites: and

Paul Eade

Stockholm-based freelance writer/sub-editor/proofreader with over 18 years’ experience. Formerly with PA Sport in the UK. Crisp, concise copy on sport, Sweden/Scandinavia/Europe urban lifestyle/travel, alternative/rock music, film, betting, pets/wildlife etc. Available for articles, features, short or long-term projects, including books – writing, editing, proofing, English language polishing. Prepared to travel. Computer/web literate and mobile. Author of three football books, contributor to (amongst others), AYGO Toyota lifestyle magazine, The Independent, The Wisden Cricketer/Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac, and many other websites plus several travel, film and music magazines.


Tel: 0046 73 683 0512

Dan Roberts

Experienced lifestyle writer providing impeccably researched, elegantly written copy on current affairs, health, fitness, sport, wellbeing, psychology, parenting and travel. Interviews, opinion pieces and columns also produced on time and with a minimum of fuss.

Contributor to The Independent, The Observer, Press Gazette, Men’s Fitness and numerous other publications. Eight years’ experience as an editor/writer on leading titles such as Tatler, Arena, Broadcast and The Sun have honed a professional, unflappable approach to delivering any assignment on deadline. London-based but prepared to travel.

Tel: 07766 704210


Emma Sterland

Capable and experienced freelance writer/editor offering print and web services. MA in Journalism. 15 years’ experience. Lively, engaging copy produced with flair and accuracy. Able to adapt writing style to suit all subjects and media.

Range of corporate, consumer and non-profit-sector clients – including Transport for London, the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), BT, British Airways, Esso, London Electricity, HSBC Bank, Dell, Thales e-security, Mencap, Age Concern, Scope, Norwich Union, the Open University, Advantage Travel Centres, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Thales e-Security, Brewers Fayre, Champneys, Hounslow Council, Westminster Council, Southwark Education Business Alliance.

Currently freelance editor of gettingthere – Transport for London’s magazine for disabled transport users, and regular contributor to Care Management Matters magazine. Have also contributed education, health and lifestyle features to national and trade press – including the Times Educational Supplement, Living etc, Practical Parenting, Town and Country (Surrey), Community Care, Doctor and Hospital Doctor.

Tel: 020 8671 6149 or 07817 309447

Simeon de la Torre

Highly experienced feature writer who, over the last 12 months, has:

  • Experienced childbirth through the power of hypnosis
  • Interviewed a well-known stand-up comedian while dressed as a Hobbit
  • Been shown a red card by a Premiership referee
  • Really upset one of Britain’s most savage and prolific serial killers

As FHM’s longest-serving freelance journalist, I specialise in men’s interest, humour, ‘real life’ stories and celebrity interviews, but I also contribute regularly to Men’s Fitness and have written many parenting features for FQ and travel pieces for The Guardian. I’m a scriptwriter for EMAP TV and the author of a bestselling sports book – Everything A Girl Needs To Know About Football.


Tel: 07887 587 402


Tina Walsh

Award-winning journalist with 15 years’ experience in news, features and sub-editing. Clients include The Independent, Sunday Mirror, Press Association, Evening Standard, Yorkshire Post, Dorling Kindersley (Eyewitness travel guides) and countless consumer and trade magazines. Currently specialising in travel but has written on just about every subject under the sun, including lifestyle, finance and corporate copywriting. Also lectured on NCTJ-recognised course and put together media workshops. Produces tight, engaging copy that’s always to deadline. Can provide glowing testimonials.

020 8533 6969

07713 150296


Mark Bristow

Experienced writer, researcher and reviewer providing sharp, clear and lively copy on all subjects. Specialises in wildlife, the television industry, environment, science, crime and travel as well as the parenting joys of bringing up five children. For added value – as a TV producer – can also bring scripts to life. Contributed to The Radio Times, broadsheets, red tops, Five, Broadcast and BBC Wildlife. Based South Wales, but jobs accepted nationwide.

Tel: 07812 982834


Rob Buckley

Editor, sub, proofreader, web worker, feature writer and man about town. My specialities are IT and TV, but I’ve covered just about everything from martial arts to Las Vegas’s marital arts. Sparkling copy that always on time: what more could you ask for?

Tel: 0705 005 6800


Susan Elkin

Feature, ‘think-piece’ and review writer. Good track record in nationals such as Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Stage plus miscellaneous magazines. Specialisms include education, theatre, children’s books, English language and literature. Have also written a biography, school textbooks, book-format education reports and entries in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Tel: 01795 423708


James Evans

London-based freelance journalist, features and review writer. Investigative, inquisitive, and available at short notice for assignments large and small. Extensive experience for a wealth of press and online angles across sport, culture and lifestyle areas, written with passion, style and humour.

Tel: 07703 723000


Belinda Hanks

Written to measure: copy on lifestyle, food and drink, music, comedy, film, TV, leisure, and sexual health. News and features written with accuracy and flair. Also available for subbing and copywriting. Published nationally, regionally and online. Manchester based, national/international jobs accepted.

Tel: 07980 985 878


Rachel Newcombe

Award-winning writer, editor and researcher specialising in health, parenting and lifestyle issues, but also happy to cover other topics, such as education and travel. Available for features, news, reviews and books. Regular contributor to a range of magazines, newspapers and online publications. Clients include Channel 4, Living Abroad, BUPA, Child Education and UKTV.


Tel: 07801 944 978

Paul Stevenson, Nottinghamshire

FOR SALE – Fully working lifesize freelance writer, in good condition, tried and tested, articles written for local, national and online magazines. Multi-functional – feature writing, copywriting and researching. Detachable body parts include an ear on the ground, a nose for a story and an eye for a headline. Please contact for further information. Hurry – sale must end soon.

Tel: 01623 511203

Mobile: 07966 899552



Maria Scott

Personal finance and related subjects including investment, tax, pensions, property and consumer issues. Also corporate/public relations; writing, editing, media advice (work from charities, not-for-profit organisations welcome). Former personal finance editor on UK nationals, now based in New Zealand. Continuing to write for UK outlets and offering potential for overnight turnaround on writing and editing jobs. Also available to write on New Zealand topics.

Peter Temple

Features, opinion and reporting on companies, personal finance, and all types of investment from this one-time City analyst with 18 years journalism experience. Regular FT and newsletter contributor.

Tel: 01539 568473


Richard Willsher

Finance and business writer with broadsheet, regional, trade mag. and web experience. Visit his website to learn more


Tel: 020 7359 1200



John Radford

Award-winning author (several books, 6 international awards), writer and broadcaster specialising in food, drink and travel from transport cafés and B&Bs to three-star Michelin restaurants and grand hotels worldwide, but especially UK and western Europe. Member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Speaks French, Spanish: have laptop, will travel.

Tel: 07-000-790-148





Experienced British journalist based in Johannesburg. Television research and contacts across South Africa.

Chris Bishop, ex-BBC, SABC

Mobile: +27836176082


Belgium pictures

Experienced and very reliable Photo Press Agency along the Belgian coast, covering Belgium, Northern France and Dutch coast. Covering anything if it’s news, features, sport etc. On land or at sea. Fully digital. Online image base for direct sale.

Contact Peter Maenhoudt, Mob. +32 475 257658-Tel. + 32 59 276109-Fax. + 32 59 274147




Expert coverage of EU/European affairs by experienced freelance journalists – reporting, features, fixing, ideas, advice and investigations for press, radio and TV.

Tel: +32 0)477 74 82 94

Email: Stephen Gardner

Paris/France: Emilie King (

USA: Mike Standaert (

Clients include BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle, European Commission, European Voice, France 3, The Guardian, New York Times, The Scotsman, South China Post, Washington Times, ZDF and many others. For more details and a wealth of our articles visit:


Ruth Mansergh

Newspaper/ magazine/ teletext sub-editor/ journalist (world/ UK news and personal finance) seeks part-time, freelance work in central/ SW London. I worked full-time at Financial Times Business (18 months to Sept) and on a freelance basis at BSkyB for three years, where I wrote and published the news live on Sky Text. At PA, I was a temporary assistant to the parliamentary editor in the run-up to the election ’05. At FTB, I checked copy for spelling, grammatical and factual errors, subbed it to fit and wrote headlines, standfirsts and captions. We used Quark XPress. I am now using InDesign.

I have a degree in English, am NCTJ-trained and have a post-grad diploma in law research. I have an excellent grasp of the rules of spelling, punctuation and meaning, good general knowledge and timekeeping. I have also been employed as a reporter at the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald (01/96 – 07/97). Strengths include IP law.

Ruth Mansergh, aged 33

Tel: 0208 337 2037


Sabuhi Mir

Enthusiastic, experienced journalist/sub-editor specialising in popular music, visual arts/photography, general news, business. Over the last ten years I have been a market price reporter for Bridge/Dow Jones Telerate; staff reporter for Estates Gazette/EGi where I reported/edited commercial property, retail, leisure news stories/features; web page producer for where I reported breaking financial news and wrote features for the Financial Times; online sub-editor for the Times where I edited/selected the best content for the web and wrote features for Times Online and technical writer for Sweet&Maxwell/Thomson Financial. I have also contributed to the British Council’s New Routes magazine;;

Tel: 0778 871 8259



Andrew Cole

Highly experienced writer and editor, available for features, news, editing and rewriting work. Specialisms include: medical, nursing, public health, health and safety, HR, management, patient issues and more.

I have over 25 years’ experience as a journalist, the last 18 in health care. I am a regular contributor to Guardian Society, BMJ, Health Service Journal and a range of other professional magazines and websites. I also edited a trade journal Health Management and was deputy editor of Nursing Times before going freelance 12 years ago.

Samples of my work and references from satisfied customers are available on request.

Tel/ fax: 020 8530 3002



Brian Jenner

‘It’s an odd job making decent people laugh.’ Molière.

Former Daily Telegraph/Daily Mail Peterborough columnist, author of ‘Men and Collections’ and heir to Mitch Murray supplies humorous features, columns, anecdotes, quotations and corporate speeches.

Tel: 07976 720705



John Dean and Frances Griss

Award-winning agency specialising in news/features on the environment/ wildlife, business, crime and creative writing projects. Also corporate brochures, newsletters and PR on all subjects. Northern England.

Tel: (01325) 463813

Mob: 07889 554931



Lisa Hutchins and Andy Darley

Experienced feature writers specialising in education and technology offering high-quality, readable copy on deadline. Also editing services. Highly experienced in website content management for news organisations including national newspapers and broadcasters.

Tel: 020 8893 7505

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Weekly road test column

Make your motoring section a big draw for your readers (and advertisers) by running this bright and snappy weekly road test column – totally jargon-free and guaranteed to be reader-friendly.

Approx. 650 words of copy with photos – many of them unique to the column – and a ‘read all about it’ box of about 80 words, plus FOR/ AGAINST/ ALL IN ALL.

Delivered by email well in advance, and exclusive to your area.

Lost the copy or pics? Deadline looming? No problem. Just download everything from the website with a password.

Schedule of forthcoming road tests available, and priced to suit your budget. Established 1986.



Tel: 023 8063 8867

New Media

Rocksalt Editorial

New media content specialists providing copy for web, interactive and mobile projects – from entertainment and lifestyle, to business, health and technology. Clients have included UKTV interactive, BT and Yell.


Paul Nolan

020 8675 9089


Paul France

Anything Anywhere Anytime. 12yrs Experience in Press & Sports for Local & National Papers. 14yrs Experience in PR, Corporate, Magazines, B2B, Editorial, Events, Features, Panoramic landscapes, for Business Clients. No Mileage Charges, & Package Deal Prices. Covering The Uk & World Digital or Film

Tel: 07881-757074

Rick Wilson

Experienced in all aspects of editorial photography for newspapers and magazines – hard news, features and studio.

Working throughout UK + ‘foreigns’. Mobile – 07836 245 608

Tel: 01202 529 757




Susan Wallace

Readers love self-discovery through psychology articles
and self-help quizzes. Relationships, emotions, personality, work, why we do
what we do… For over ten years, using my Psychology Degree with Honours and
expert contacts, I’ve been writing features and compiling high quality quizzes.
Add some depth and entertainment to your pages with my work. New commissions or
see my available list of ready to go work – including Christmas and New Year
titles immediately available now.

Tel: +(0)151 233 3689


Paul Gosling

Public policy and public services specialist who has written for most quality nationals and leading public sector magazines. Based in Northern Ireland.

Tel: 028 71 268700 or 07775 952 602



Reviewing Films

Mike Arlen

Show business journalist of celebrity profiles, including Woman’s Own & SHE, (9O% had very little of interest to say) has found a problem writing about films as 5O% are disappointing or rubbish. For monthly or bimonthly discerning readers he will send you samples of films worth knowing about.

Tel: O2O7 373 llO7



Howell Llewellyn

Seasoned all-round professional and Madrid resident for 24 years, offers serious analysis or irony with integrated ex-pat focus on Spain’s fast-changing lifestyle. Spanish news agency EFE in London-Madrid 1980-87, then current affairs, lifestyle, soccer, etc freelance for Spanish, UK and US media. Worked for UPI, Independent, Guardian, and Eng-language mags and leading guidebooks. Since 1991, Spain correspondent for Billboard, global music industry ‘bible’, and for Platts Energy and Business Information (McGraw Hill) electricity, natural gas, renewables and water sectors.

Tel: 00 34 91 593 2429


League Reports Network

Specialist reporting service bringing together over 150 nationwide sports journalists. Projects spanning the World Cup to amateur sport in features, reports, reviews, previews and interviews; both long-term work and emergency projects. Contracts with the BBC, Sky Sports, national and local press, from bespoke pieces to entire editorial management.

Tel: 07703 723000



Sean Trivass

Freelance Photojournalist specialising in Sport (racing, golf, football, polo), but also interested in copywriting, advertising, and the chance to expand horizons!

Over 20 years of experience wrapped up in a neat and friendly package, value rates (no job too small).

Contact Sean Trivass MCIJ on, 07950323426, or via


John Bancroft

Experienced business-to-business writer specialising in IT and construction, but also knowledgeable in sales & marketing and general business. Regularly research and write a number of features for a regional business magazine. Clear, concise copy produced on time, every time!

Tel: 01844 213 201

Mob: 07967 388 308