Subediting is the fine, thankless art that makes the magazines and newspapers you read actually readable.
It’s fitting text according to layout, correcting spellings and grammar, and generally making sure you’re not printing stuff that’s liable to get your publication in the firing line.
It’s a process that requires tact and encyclopaedic knowledge as much as speed and judgement. But it can also be tiring, and losing focus is the last thing you need when you’re subbing. Continue reading →
It’s been a momentous year for music – or at least that’s the conclusion I glean from my record collection, which has never been healthier. We’ve had new albums from artists in their prime and a cacophony of fresh-faced newbies all helping to expand the musical spectrum ever more. The critics have laid down their end of year verdicts, and so too have some of my friends.
Now, it’s time for my own subjective list of the year’s top ten albums. Continue reading →
You have to be made of tough stuff to take the stage at any of the open mic nights around the UK. Even at the smallest venue, you’re guaranteed to be breaking the ice with frequenters of the city’s poetry circuit and first timers (im)patiently waiting to be wowed. I was one of those first timers at Come Rhyme with Me in Islington. Continue reading →