Michael Johnston

Professional memberships

AFEPI Ireland (Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland); ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators); PLAIN (Plain Language Association International)


BA (Hons) English and Politics; Grad Cert Technical Writing (First Class).

Training and professional development

NVQ Level 4 Periodical Journalism course; Grad Cert Technical Writing.

Equipment and software

Full range of PC-based office equipment; MS Office 2010


Have worked on millions of words over 17 years as a writer and editor in Editorial Solutions (Ireland) Ltd. Previously, I was editor of Lifetimes (an older people’s magazine). In-house experience at staff officer level in  public sector press offices, advertising agency copywriting, and publications officer roles.


Non-fiction books, magazines, websites, ezines, online news portals, brochures.

Skills and services offered

Copywriting, corporate journalism, copy-editing, proofreading, plain English, ‘easy read’ writing.

Subject areas

Tourism, business, education, health, geology, archaeology.


Corporate communications projects.

Clients include

Tourism Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Invest NI, Enterprise Ireland, National Standards Authority of Ireland, Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, Public Health Agency.

Examples of work undertaken

Writer of Tourism Ireland’s international monthly ezine, Ireland Ezine; contracted editorial support writer and editor to Northern Ireland Tourist Board; ‘easy read’ editor on A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; rewriter on Tomb Travel (accessible archaeology book on megalithic tombs); structural editor and rewriter on Between Rocks and Hard Places, (accessible geology book for Geological Survey of Northern Ireland); copy-editor of Cook it! (large nutritional education resource, Public Health Agency); proofreader on A Study of Cocaine Use in Northern Ireland, Queen’s University; editor and project manager on Bréifne: A Different Journey around Cavan, Leitrim, Fermanagh, Sligo and Roscommon (tourism book) for TSO Ireland.

Additional information

Professional wordsmith with substantial and wide-ranging experience on publications and communication projects. Co-founder of Belfast-based agency Editorial Solutions (Ireland) Ltd. Eighteen years’ experience in the trade.

Trading as: Editorial Solutions Ireland Ltd
Based in: Belfast
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