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Sean O'Neill

Copywriting, Publishing / Press / Media, Print / Production Management


I'm a former New Scientist editor seeking science, tech and innovation-based writing/editing/comms work in Bristol/Somerset. Oh, and I'll proofread and pep up pretty much anything, from flowing prose to complex technical/medical documents, with speed and accuracy.)

Longer version:

I am a freelance editor, journalist, copywriter, subeditor and proofreader with two decades’ experience. Take a look at some testimonials on my portfolio website.

Most recently, I spent 14 years at New Scientist – the world’s most successful popular-science magazine. The first 10 years of that was spent as a subeditor, the last four as People Editor in the Features section (where the subscription-driving premium content lives). 

As People Editor I commissioned, edited and wrote a variety of top-class science journalism for print and web with a focus on the people behind the breakthroughs. Please peruse my portfolio, linked to above. I’ve often interviewed the very best in their fields, such as [name-drop klaxon] chess legend Garry Kasparov, Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot David MacKay, 3D-bioprinting pioneer Jennifer Lewis, Chief economist for the Bank of England Andy Haldane, Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of graphene Andre Geim. 

As a subeditor at New Scientist, I wrestled complex pieces of writing into engaging, flowing prose, came up with killer headlines, and ensured diagrams and graphics served to enhance the journalism, not confuse it. 

I’m an all-round wordsmith who has also spent years in advertising copywriting and live television (whisper it: Richard & Judy).

I’m interested in writing (copywriting and journalism), editing, proofreading, subediting, and hosting or speaking at science-related events. If these are things you prefer someone else to do for you, please contact me today. 

Work location

  • Can work from home
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Full UK driving licence

Further information

  • Education level: Degree


109 Moorland Road


BS23 4HU

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