Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland

Siobhan Dignan

Based in: Belfast
Telephone: 028 9062 3372
Mobile: 07933 241464

MA English, University College Dublin.
BA English and Anthropology, Dean’s List, Grinnell College, USA.

Training and professional development

Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP).
Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP).
On-screen Editing 1 (SfEP).
Copywriting course, College of Commerce, Dublin.
Plain English Campaign.


Editor, writer, proofreader: 20+ years freelance for UK, Irish and US clients.
Copywriter: 20+ years’ ad agency/corporate communications work: US, Dublin, Belfast.
Editor and workshop mentor (volunteer) for Fighting Words, creative writing centre for children.
PR volunteer: RSPB, Save the Children.
Belfast Trust Reader Panel: review and edit patient information leaflets.


Print, digital, audio/video content: publications/ezines, manuscripts, policy papers, scripts, websites, blogs, marketing materials.

Skills and services offered

Editing: proofreading, copyediting, manuscript development/evaluation: fiction, memoirs, editorial, reports, translations, scripts, marketing and training materials.

Writing: Editorial – Trade publications, newsletters, advertorials, case histories, thought pieces, award entries, digital content.
Marketing – Print and online, press releases, branding, audio/video content (testimonials, instruction videos, presentations, ads) for diverse sectors. Search Engine Optimisation.

Americanisation: language and authenticity for UK clients reaching US audiences and vice versa.

Subject areas

Commercial, young adult (YA) and locally based fiction. Personal/company histories, retail, tourism, social policy, enterprise, marketing/branding.


Memoirs and autofiction: editing, interviews, writing.
US vernacular.
Commercial projects: industry publications, PR/advertising, B2B.
Working with writers for whom English is not the first language.

Clients include

The Hardware Association of Ireland, The Hardware Journal.

Authors (fiction, memoir, scripts) based in Northern Ireland, Britain, Ireland, the US.

Marketing/design agencies: Think Design, Conceptroom, Red Revolution, additude.

Public sector and related services: Economic Research and Consulting, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (voluntary).

Fighting Words: editing services – fiction, poetry, personal stories.

Examples of work undertaken

Editorial and marketing communications:
Writing, editing for The Hardware Journal trade publication.
Articles, thought pieces and award entries for Young Enterprise and Samaritans.
Editorial and content for Tourism Ireland, TourismNI, Invest NI.
Marketing materials and copy for Killeavy Castle Estate, The Killarney Hotels Collection, Northridge Finance.

Memoirs and fiction:
Americanisation, editing, manuscript development – Half Irish, a self-published young adult novel.
Manuscript development/authenticity research: Under the Stone (Heather McConnell)
Manuscript development, authenticity research – Anything But Steady, Belfast novel by US author.
Developmental edit/line edit – Heir to the Magic young fantasy series; A Minority of Joy by ASD teenage author.
Edit/proofread – That One Time, Covid anthology by frontline workers and families; We Are the Ripple Effect, Theatre of Witness, Playhouse Derry; After you Were Gone and My Letters to You, memoirs translated from Urdu.
Beta read – Fodder, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, The Upside of Down.
Developmental/line edit: autofiction set in N. Ireland, novel by neurodiverse teen author, fantasy series for adults and YA

Public sector/education:
Proofing public policy reports for Economic Research and Consulting.
Collating translated text into EU early years education training guide.

Additional information

I can help you express your ideas clearly and engagingly. Whether the project needs a restructure, rewrite or review, careful trim or final polish; skilled writing and editing works magic. Factual communications become more effective and informative. Fiction, more compelling. My background as an advertising copywriter ensures a prompt, professional and creative service, with an eye for flow, consistency and accuracy. Bringing out the best in your voice. For manuscripts, I offer a free sample edit.

Based in: Belfast
Telephone: 028 9062 3372
Mobile: 07933 241464