At the turn of the millennium I studied music at Melbourne University, majoring in piano (a different kind of keyboard). In tandem with gaining my RMIT Professional Writing and Editing qualifications and AWARD school experience, I started my career in advertising/marketing/PR. All the jobs I’ve ever had require an excellent command of communication. I plan to come out at the end of it all as a published author.
I write, every day, under the name
Quietly smithing words in Christchurch.
Freelancers shouldn’t need a CV. Their results and past clients will tell you everything you need to know.
But you are still probably curious about the background of the person you are thinking of hiring, whatever the period of time. I get that. So this is an A4 about me.
Contracted roles highlights (2009 to the present)
Currently working on a novel manuscript on the themes of grief and memory, and a non-fiction book proposal on the interpretation of Waldorf/Steiner education in the Southern Hemisphere. The Ritual Atelier is a blog covering my self-research around designing contemporary rituals.
2018 – 2020
Vlisco PR, sales and branding copy for this luxury fabric brand. Designed and manufactured in the Netherlands since 1846, its target audience focuses on Central and West Africa and the African diaspora.
Feldenkrais Eindhoven website copy
Bold38 packaging copy for balance board product
MJM marketing presentation material, strategy documents
Philips Digital Pathology laboratory case study video scripts
The Dossier blog posts on cultural happenings in Eindhoven
These on-going collaborations called for a shorthand understanding of my clients’ needs and the nature of organisations in general – from personal writing styles, copy guidelines, and shifts in office politics. Beyond ‘just’ copywriting, my goal was to meet the expectations of all stakeholders, to help everybody achieve their goals.
Copywriter/Writer & Editor/Translator
2009 – 2017
Diverse projects for corporate clients and global collaborations, higher education and cultural bodies such as: • content editing the Age of Wonderland magazine for Hivos/Baltan Laboratories • proofreading and co-editing a series of Design Academy Eindhoven Readership in Strategic Creativity publications • PR and copyediting for Resilience documentary photography book by Mike Roelofs
Writer & Editor
2019 – 2020
vanderpoll office coaching and co-writing non-fiction book manuscript
This freelance project permitted me to research, co-write and advise an experienced designer and aspiring writer to prepare a manuscript and book proposal on “the origin of ‘the idea’”. The proposal has recently been submitted to international agents and we currently await a response.
Contracted roles highlights 2003 – 2009
Philips Design PR/events/stakeholder relations manager, Eindhoven
Regina Coeli English teacher, Vught
Temporary Art Centre communications, Eindhoven
Singleton Ogilvy & Mather Myer department store advertising account director Melbourne
Blockbuster Australia marcom manager, Melbourne
Samuelson Talbot advertising account mgr, Melbourne
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2003 – 2005
Diploma of Arts Professional Writing and Editing
AWARD (Australasian Writers’ and Directors’ Association) Creativity course
University of Melbourne
1995 – 1999
Bachelor of Arts/Diploma in Music (Piano major)