Martyn Oliver at Wordspace

Martyn has been a freelance writer/editor since 1980, working under the company name Wordspace either singly or in a loose association of designers, editors and broadcasters.

In the 1990s he worked on contract for, among others, the BBC, pioneering Apple Macintosh technology in consumer magazine production. He project-managed the launch or re-launch of such BBC titles as Holidays, Gardener’s World, Homes & Antiques, Vegetarian Good Food and Top Gear, and prototyped an editorial forward planning system for Radio Times.

In 2000 he project-managed the development of the “Honest John” motoring website for publisher Nick Robinson of Constable-Robinson, on behalf of the Daily Telegraph.

Since then he has specialised in medicine and medical science, topics that reflect his early postgrad work in philosophy, psychology, cognition and artificial intelligence. He developed an online resource for mental health professionals under the title “Overcoming …”, sponsored by NIMHE, once again for Nick Robinson. During 2008–9 he worked with BMJ Evidence (British Medical Journal Group), as part of a team preparing clinical monographs for the BMJ’s Point of Care website; and from 2010 with BMJ Knowledge preparing online training modules for healthcare professionals.

Martyn regularly works as a project manager and copy-editor on titles for, among others, Routledge and Bloomsbury, mostly on their humanities lists. He sees his main objective as an editor is to ensure the clarity and accessibility of the texts on which he works.

As a complete antidote to all this academia, he has contributed articles to a quarterly magazine, Beautiful Britain. And, as a spin-off from his love of photography, he copy-edits English-language translations of German texts for Steidl, the Göttingen-based publisher of beautiful books on photography and photographers.

Read samples of Martyn’s work here, at Oliver’s Twists.

Contact Martyn at

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