Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland

Michelle Griffin

Professional memberships

Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)
Full Member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders & Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland)


2003–04 MA Irish History, Queen’s University Belfast
2000–03 BA History and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Training and professional development

Publishing Training Centre, London: Basic Proofreading (2007); Copy-Editing Skills (2009); Successful Editorial Freelancing (2017); Grammar at Work (2018); Advanced Copy-Editing (2019).

Publishing Ireland: Proofreading, Stage I (2007); Proofreading, Stage II (2007); Grammar for Editors (2007); Fiction Editing (2022).

CIEP: Editing Digital Content (2021); Fiction Editing (2022).

Louise Harnby: Switching to Fiction (2021); Writing the Perfect Fiction Report (2021).

Liminal Pages: Developmental Editing – Fiction Theory (2022).


Blackstaff Press
Production Editor, Editor, Permissions Administrator
May 2006 – October 2019

Colourpoint Creative
Imprints: Blackstaff Press, Colourpoint Education and April Sky
Education Editor, Editor
May 2017 – October 2019

Brehon Press
Editor, Marketing Assistant
October 2003 – December 2012


Books (on-screen or as hard copy); educational materials (textbooks or digital resources)

Skills and services offered

copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, manuscript assessment

Subject areas

Non-fiction (particularly history); fiction (general, science-fiction, mythology, fantasy and literary); memoir, biography and autobiography.

Clients include

Blackstaff Press, HarperCollins, Gill Books, Colourpoint Creative, Brehon Press, Greenwich Exchange, April Sky, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Fáilte Feirste Thiar.

I have worked with authors such as Ciaran Carson, Frank Ormsby, Patricia Craig, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Marianne Elliott, Michael McCaughan, John Killen, Tom Hartley, Kathleen Murray, Damien Owens, Nicola Pierce, Frank Connolly and Anna Lo.

Examples of work undertaken

As proofreader: Frank Ormsby & Michael Longley, Selected John Hewitt (Blackstaff Press, 2007); Damien Owens, Duffy and Son (HarperCollins, 2022); Marianne Elliott, Hearthlands (Blackstaff Press, 2017); Juliana Gilbride, An Introduction to Christian Ethics: CCEA GCSE (Colourpoint Educational, 2018); Andrew Keanie, De Quincey’s Consecration of Romanticism (Greenwich Exchange, 2019); Marnie Pomeroy, Christina Rossetti (Greenwich Exchange, 2020).

As final reader: Patricia Craig, Asking For Trouble (Blackstaff Press, 2007); Ciaran Carson, Pen Friend (Blackstaff Press, 2009); Sophia Hillan, May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen’s Nieces in Ireland (Blackstaff Press, 2011); Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Twelve Thousand Days (Blackstaff Press, 2018); James Napier, Nora Henry, Emma Dougan, Life and Health Sciences for CCEA AS Level (Colourpoint Educational, 2019).

As developmental editor: Terri Hooley & Richard Sullivan, Hooleygan (Blackstaff Press, 2010); Lee Henry, Belfast Taxi (Blackstaff Press, 2012); Laurence Donaghy, ‘The Folk’d Trilogy’ (Blackstaff Press, 2013, 2014, 2015); Jim McBride, Russia 1914-41 for CCEA AS Level (Colourpoint Educational, 2018); Marya Rumiantceva, Stone Flower (self-published, 2021).

As copyeditor: Kathleen Murray, The Deadwood Encore (HarperCollins, 2022); Frank Connolly, United Nation (Gill Books, 2022); Síobhra Aiken, Spiritual Wounds (Irish Academic Press, 2022); Michael McCaughan, Titanic: Icon of an Age (Blackstaff Press, 2012); Tom Hartley, ‘Written in Stone’ series (Blackstaff Press, 2014, 2014 and 2019); Lesley Veronica, Northern Ireland Government and Politics for CCEA AS Level (Colourpoint Educational, 2017); Kevin Doyle, A River of Bodies (Blackstaff Press, 2019).

As editor: Gerald Dawe, Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology of Irish War Poetry 1914–45 (Blackstaff Press, 2009); Stephen Douds, Belfast Blitz: The People’s Story (Blackstaff Press, 2011); Reggie Chamberlain-King, Weird Belfast (Blackstaff Press, 2014); John Killen, The St Patrick’s Treasury (Blackstaff Press, 2016); Colin Breen, A Force Like No Other: The Next Shift (Blackstaff Press, 2019).

Additional information

I have worked in publishing since 2003, and for over thirteen years was an in-house editor and proofreader for the prestigious Irish publisher, Blackstaff Press. During that time, I wore many other hats, including production editor, permissions administrator, print buyer, typesetter and eBook manager.