Jeremy Lowe

Editing & Proofreading Services





I have over 20 years' professional experience as a writer, teacher, academic and editor. I have a PhD in English Literature, and over 10 years' experience within higher education in the UK, Ireland and the USA. As a university lecturer I taught classes in academic writing, critiqued and proofread hundreds of papers, and helped to edit the work of lecturers, graduates and undergraduates. I enjoyed a successful career as an lecturer, and I know the academic world; I have presented papers, written articles, and edited a journal with submissions from scholars across the world. My book, Desiring Truth: The Process of Judgment in Fourteenth-century Art and Literature, was published by Routledge in 2005. I completed my undergraduate degree in the UK, studied for an MPhil in Ireland, and gained my PhD in the USA. I was Visiting Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and then a junior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. I now live and work in the UK, editing and proofreading the work of academics and students from all over the world.

And in case you think that I am only interested in academic writing, please think again: I have a keen interest in history and biography, and also enjoy science fiction. Please check my Hobbies for an idea of my interests outside the academic world. Writing is my passion. I love to write, and to facilitate the writing of others. I thrive on working with people who have something to express via the written word, in the belief that through collaboration what emerges is greater than the sum of its parts.


2004-present - Freelance editor
2001-2004 - Junior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham
2000-2001 - Visiting Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge
2000 - PhD in English Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1993 - MPhil in Medieval Studies, University College Dublin
1991 - BA in English, University of Birmingham

Examples of Recent Work (2012-2013)

  • PhD dissertations on topics as varied as genetics, race relations, social history, political and military history, archaeology, literature, psychology, anthropology, healthcare and textual studies
  • MA theses on education, medieval studies, theology, law and social studies
  • Fiction and poetry, including two fantasy novels, one thriller, a book of poetry and two historical fiction novels for teens
  • Articles and lectures written in many of the disciplines mentioned above
  • Guides to Buddhist meditation
  • Works on the philosophy, history and social context of Islam
  • Memoirs
  • Business presentations

Areas of Specialisation

  • Academic writing in the humanities (all levels, including social studies, politics and textual studies)
  • Literary history and criticism
  • Critical theory, especially feminist theory and postmodernism
  • Medieval studies
  • Literary theory and film and visual theory
  • Old Irish and Celtic studies
  • Iconography
  • Theology

I do not have formal qualifications in these areas, but I have enough experience, and have done enough reading, to be familiar with the main terms of reference and recent work in these fields.

  • Art history
  • Literary biography
  • World history, especially the medieval period and from 1914-1953


I would be glad to receive manuscripts dealing with any of the following topics, but I cannot claim professional competency in them.

  • All aspects of visual culture, including film and TV. I particularly like Hong Kong and Japanese cinema
  • Science fiction and graphic novels - especially Philip K. Dick, Alfred Bester, William Gibson, Alan Moore and Grant Morrison
  • Speculative fiction, particularly M. John Harrison, J. G. Ballard, Michael Marshall Smith and Doris Lessing
  • The life and work of Sylvia Plath
  • Games of all kinds: role-playing games, PC games, board games and CCGs
  • IT

Publishing Experience

One book, Desiring Truth: The Process of Judgment in Fourteenth-century Art and Literature, published by Routledge in 2005, being an examination of the visual and literary culture of Ricardian England in the context of the philosophical and theological developments of the time.

Articles on medieval literature, Old Irish literature and Irish studies published in academic journals and books of essays both in the UK and the US.

Joint editor of an academic Festschrift, featuring essays from an international panel of experts.

Editor of the academic journal Æstel from 1995-1998.

My one-and-only sales pitch

I am dedicated, professional and thorough; and I work to, and honour, deadlines. I am quick and efficient. I am personable, approachable, and flexible, and I have a sense of humour. I am familiar with academic conventions in the US and the UK. My service is personal: I've been on the Web and I've seen the pages that look like big editing factories. I wouldn't want to hand my manuscript to someone I can't see, who gives no feedback and is unavailable for consultation, or who offers to take my work and re-write it for me. I would want to feel as though I was getting professional help to improve my manuscript. Equally, I want you to feel happy with the changes I suggest and the corrections I make, confident that you remain in control throughout the entire process. I would be delighted to tailor a quote and a system of working to suit you. E-mail me and we can discuss your requirements, with no obligations.

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For further enquiries, or to arrange a quotation with no obligation, please contact me at

Jeremy Lowe, 45 St Thomas Street, Brampton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 3AH