Peter Danckwerts

    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Greek Grammar
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Afghan Silk
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Kennedy's New Latin Primer
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Middle High German Grammar
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: : Grammaire El
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Bibliomania
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Comparative Germanic Grammar
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Architectual History of Canterbury Cathedral
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Anglo-Saxon Reader
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Tales of a Cultural Conduit
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Introduction to Vulgar Latin
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Anecdotes of Handel
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Handel
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Sanskrit Grammar
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: History of English Handwriting
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Life of Handel
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: From latin to Italian
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: I Love You
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Grammar of the Gothic Language
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Greek and Latin Palaeography
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Philobiblon
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Plurality of Worlds
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Purcell
    • P. Danckwerts cover design: Marie de France

    Summary

    My name is Peter Danckwerts. I run a one-man book publishing company, Tiger of the Stripe, but I am available for freelance or part-time work. For the right job, I am also available for permanent full-time work.

    I have extensive publishing experience in a wide range of roles and types of publishing, both print and electronic. However, I would be happy and willing to consider any legal and ethical employment. I have a high standard of computer literacy, good interpersonal skills, a flexible mind and an enthusiastic approach to any new challenge.

    Having studied Book Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) for three years full-time, I worked for the medical publisher Blackwell Scientific (now absorbed by Wiley) and the art publisher Phaidon. I have continued to work in publishing and related industries ever since, but I am more than willing to turn my hand to any kind of work. A few years ago I researched and wrote the history of a Yorkshire wool company and the Quaker family which founded it, Beware of the Feast: The History of Robt. Jowitt & Sons. I have worked as a copywriter and have researched, edited and annotated any number of publications. I have two novels and a book of children's stories in the pipeline.

    Employment History Click entries for details

    • Tiger of the Stripe/The Word Business Ltd 2003–Present

      Publisher. Tiger of the Stripe is my one-man book publishing company which I have been running since 2003. I control every aspect of editing, design and production. I produce Kindle and iBook ePub3 versions of some books as well as printed books.

      The Word Business Ltd was my company providing writing services to business. The work has now dried up.

    • Columns Design 2003

      Production Manager managing a busy typesetting company and liaising with customers. The company was in the process of converting from Quark to XyEnterprise's XPP (XML Professional Publisher) to cope with growing demand for automated XML workflows from loose-leaf law publishers.

    • The Institute of Materials/Maney Publishing 1991–2003

      Managing Editor, Books. Design, production and editorial. Liaising with authors and publishing committees in an academic/professional environment.

    • Arlington Books 1988–1991

      Editor and Production Manager. Commissioning new books, rights management, controlling copy-editing, proofreading, all book production and design work.

    • Athlone Press 1988–1991

      Production and Publicity Manager. Design, production, marketing in this small academic publisher, originally an offshoot of the University of London.

    • East–West Group 1985–1986

      Production Manager. Managed all production for this small but very busy publisher.

    • Pitkin Pictorials 1983–1984

      Designer. Pitkin published lavishly-illustrated colour titles, including cathedral, castle and palace guides, royal wedding souvenirs, etc.

    • Baillière Tindall/Holt-Saunders 1981–1983

      Baillière Senior Production Controller. Production of a large list of high-quality medical and veterinary titles.

    • The National Book League (now Book Trust) 1980–1981

      Publications Officer. Compilation, design and production of the League's publications.

    • Phaidon Press 1979

      Design Assistant. A temporary summer job at this art publishing house preparing dummies, cover roughs and display material for the Frankfurt Book Fair

    • Blackwell Scientific Publications (now absorbed by Wiley) 1977–1979

      Publications Production Assistant. Book production and design, wrote blurbs and publicity material.

    • The Farm Shop, Otford, Kent 1973–1974

      Greengrocer’s Assistant. The owner offered to make me the manager of his other shop but I had already accepted a place at Oxford Polytechnic.

    • Lloyds Bank 1972

      Computer Concentrator Operator & Bank Clerk. The computer element of this job was interesting, back in the days when a major branch had a single computer! The rest, however, was rather dull as I didn’t have a customer-facing role.

    Higher Education

    Birkbeck, University of London

    Birkbeck, University of London

    MA in Medieval Studies 1998–2000 – A fascinating multidisciplinary course with lecturers drawn from many departments (e.g. History, History of Art, German, French, English) and several other parts of the University (Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, etc.). My dissertation was on the twelfth-century Eadwine Psalter.

    Open University

    The Open University

    BSc (Open) 1994–1996 – I took interesting courses in areas of mathematics, such as set theory and the history of mathematics. I’ll never be a brilliant mathematician but i wish i could have spared the time and money to expand my understanding further.

    I later took a series of OU courses in Latin and Classical Greek.

    University of Leeds

    The University of Leeds

    MA in Bibliography & Textual Criticism 1979–1980 – Bibliography is about the study of textual transmission and the effect that has upon the texts themselves. For instance, much of our modern understanding of Shakespeare’s writings is founded on the study of Elizabethan printing-house practice, as well as the nature of copy from which the printed works were set. Some of the most corrupt texts, such as Hamlet Q1, the ‘bad quarto’, seem to have been e set from memorial reconstructions. Other, better editions relied on prompt copies or Shakespeare’s ‘foul papers’.

    My dissertation concerned the many early editions of Byron’s English Bards and Scotch Reviewers which bore misleading date and publisher information on their title pages. These are described as ‘spurious’ editions by the bibliographer of Byron, T. J. Wise, who was himself a prolific literary forger. Some of these editions were probably printed for James Cawthorne, the original publisher, who was prevented from continue publication by an injuction brought by Byron (who became embarrassed by some of the things he had said).

    My Image

    Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University)

    Diploma Course in Book Publishing 1974–1977 – A wide-ranging, practical, full-time course, covering typography, production, copy-editing, proofreading and business aspects of publishing. My dissertation was on the early days of Penguin Books.

    Design

    Unfortunately, most of my pre-2003 covers have been lost. Here are some of the book covers I have designed:

    Here are some the websites I have designed:

    Computing

    I usually work with Macs but also use Linux and Windows.

    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Professional – Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Certified Professional – Windows 2000 Network Environment

    CompTIA Linux+, A+, Network+

    CIW v. 5 Associate

    Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (lapsed)

    Usual experience in typesetting, imaging and other software: Mac OS X (up to Yosemite), Windows (up to 8), Quark XPress 8, InDesign CC (2015), Microsoft Office (Windows, Mac, Android), iWorks, Photoshop, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, FileMaker Pro, Illustrator, Acrobat Distiller, Dreamweaver, RapidWeaver, CSSEdit, SEEdit, Espresso, Fireworks, Flash, TeX, LaTeX, MySQL, PHP, PostgreSQL, various FTP programs, WordPress, etc.

    Interests, Hobbies and Societies

    Having an enquiring mind, I find most people and most things interesting. I am extremely interested in art and architecture, although I cannot claim to be an expert in either field. I am fascinated by history, but of the social/cultural kind rather than the what king fought which battle on what date type. I am equally interested in (but woefully ignorant of) science and medicine. Books, printing, typography and type design have been central to my life since I was about ten. I keep a close (but jaundiced) eye on the spheres of economics and politics and I am considering joining the Electoral Reform Society because I am so shocked at the unfairness of the present system (although any reformed system must be workable as well as fairer).

    I am an enthusiastic cook and baker, making fairly authentic Indian curries and pretty good sourdough bread. I do all the cooking at home and my wife seldom complains – either I’m a reasonable cook or she is too kind to tell me that I am not.

    Societies

    Here are some of the societies to which I belong: