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Lesley Hay


I'm an experienced freelance editor who specializes in scholarly and academic materials. I also have ten years of editorial experience in educational assessment contexts, where accuracy and consistency are paramount. I enjoy helping authors who use English as an additional language to make their texts clear and accessible.

I'm proficient in Latin, Ancient Greek, NT Greek, and French. I'm an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

My recent freelance assignments include books on

  • phonological tone
  • the history of music criticism
  • Byzantium's northern frontier
  • Nero and his court
  • Eusebius of Caesarea
  • the elegies of Brahms 
  • sociolinguistic variation in children's speech
  • polis histories and collective memory
  • the population and economy of classical Athens
  • the metaphysics of ordinary objects
  • professional development for obstetricians
  • speech acts and politeness.

My in-house experience includes the role of Senior Assessment Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment (2010 to 2018), editing university admissions tests, tests of English for health professionals, and teacher training tests.

My subject qualifications include

MA (First Class Honours) in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
BPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford
MA (Distinction) in Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University
Postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) in Greek and Latin
Postgraduate Certificate (Merit) in Classical Studies
DELTA Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Stylistic editing


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Culture
  • Europe
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Social sciences