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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the societies to which I belong: