Photo on 06-11-2015 at 11.55 #2I have nearly two decades of editorial experience in the publishing industry, working with clients in the UK, Ireland, the United States and elsewhere to perfect projects, be they illustrated institutional histories, non-fiction trade publications, novels or anything in-between.


  • Member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI)
  • Master’s Degree in English from University College London (2010)
  • Interim Publishing Director of Third Millennium Publishing in London (February–June 2016)
  • Recipient of a 2015 Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council (Ireland)
  • Author of Writers’ Retreats (published October 2021)

Clients include

  • Profile Books (UK)
  • Thames & Hudson (UK)
  • Gill Books (Ireland)
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Profile Editions (UK)
  • New Island Books (Ireland)
  • Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers (UK)
  • Folens (Ireland)
  • Head of Zeus (UK)
  • Guardian Faber (UK)
  • Serpent’s Tail (UK)
  • Merton College, Oxford (UK)
  • The European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (France)
  • Royal Collection (UK)
  • The Grange School, Santiago (Chile)
  • Revenue (Ireland)
  • The Bush Theatre, London (UK)
  • Insurance Institute of Ireland
  • Dubai College (United Arab Emirates)
  • Blackrock College (Ireland)
  • Methodist College Belfast (UK)

Recent titles

  • Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page, Sam Leith (Profile Books)
  • Hogarth: Life in Progress, Jacqueline Riding (Profile Books)
  • Pure Gold: Stories, John Patrick McHugh (New Island Books)
  • Irish Art 1920–2020 Perspectives on change, Catherine Marshall and Yvonne Scott (eds) (Royal Irish Academy)
  • Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey, Daniel Mulhall (New Island Books)
  • How Are We Going to Explain This?: Our Future on a Hot Earth, Jelmer Mommers (Profile Books)
  • Hugh Lane Gallery: Director’s Choice, Barbara Dawson (Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers)
  • De Valera: Rise 1882–1932, David McCullagh (Gill Books)
  • That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles: The Americanisation of English, Matthew Engel (Profile Books)
  • Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill’s Cook, Annie Gray (Profile Books)
  • Letti Park, Judith Hermann (Clerkenwell Press)
  • Mr Brennan’s Book of Household Management, Francis Brennan (Gill Books)
  • I, Maybot: The Rise and Fall, John Crace (Guardian Faber)
  • Rogues’ Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers, Philip Hook (Profile Books)
  • The Price You Pay, Aidan Truhen (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Coming Home: One Man’s Return to the Irish Language, Michael McCaughan (Gill Books)
  • The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, Barry Ryan (Gill Books)
  • Rave On: Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music, Matthew Collin (Serpent’s Tail)
  • On the Move, Charles Hindlip, former Chairman of Christie’s International (Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers)


‘Neil is that very rare combination, an editor and project manager who displays consummate rigour, flawless organisation and a natural ability to communicate with clients in a way that provides guidance and reassurance throughout the life of a project. He is, quite simply, the safest pair of hands you could wish for.’
– Neil Titman, Director of Business Development, Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd

A recent addition to the Profile freelance pool, Neil has been terrifically helpful. He’s courteous with authors, meticulous with detail and never misses a deadline. A joy to work with.’
– Penny Daniel, former Managing Editor, Profile Books

‘Neil is a reliable, efficient and thorough editor. He knows where the accents should be placed in the names of obscure football teams and who’s related to whom in Little House on the Prairie – his knowledge of trivia knows no bounds. He’s also pleasant to work with and always delivers on time.’
– Catherine Gough, former Managing Editor, Gill Books

‘Neil is reliable and efficient at all levels of the editorial process, from proofreading, to copy-editing and project management. I would thoroughly recommend him.’
– Patrick Taylor, Project Editor, Third Millennium Publishing

‘… a calm, empathetic and ultra-efficient copy-editor.’
– Matthew Engel, author of That’s the Way it Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

‘We could not have published this volume without Neil Burkey as project manager…’
– Averil Cameron, former Warden of Keble College and co-editor of Keble: Past and Present

‘Lastly I’d like to thank Neil Burkey at the publishers, TMI. As the work piled up on his desk, to be collated, checked and rechecked, he managed to remain his usual engaging self. No mean feat, as anyone who has tried it would know.’
– Catrine Clay, editor of SOAS: A Celebration in Many Voices