Andrew Dickson

Freelance writer, journalist, broadcaster

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsJournalist - Copywriter - Writer


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    Andrew Dickson
    Freelance writer, journalist, broadcaster

About me

I'm a freelance writer and editor who works for some of the most influential publications and platforms in the world. My specialism is culture, but I've done everything from collaborating with major organisations and brands to writing about the meandering history of American road trip. As a copywriter, I'm used to operating on tight deadlines, and producing content that has real authority and conviction, whichever platform it's for. And I'm a hugely experienced editor, able to turn rough drafts into sparkling finished copy. Publications: New York Times / Guardian / FT / New Yorker / New Statesman Organisations: Barbican / Royal Opera House / National Theatre / Edinburgh International / MArt Foundation

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  • Copywriting
  • Sub-editing
  • Feature Writing
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Journalism
  • Editorial
  • Marketing
  • Blog Writing
  • Communications
  • Brand Storytelling

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • The Guardian

    The Guardian

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    Work history


    Writer, Editor and Journalist


    Jan 2014
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • In-depth features, reviews, interviews and reporting for The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Times (London), The New Statesman, Prospect magazine and others. • Editing shifts at Prospect current affairs magazine, covering deputy and arts editors, doing in-depth edits and rewrites and being involved in every stage of the production process. • Teaching/mentoring work with the British Council, most recently in Italy, Russia and India. • Copywriting for clients including Tate, Barbican, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and MArt foundation.


    Theatre Editor

    The Guardian

    Jun 2011 - Dec 2013
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Head of theatre and dance coverage, part of senior editorial team responsible for Guardian arts and books coverage in print and online. • Commissioned and edited features, reviews, photo interactives, videos, and audio across all publishing platforms, online and print, from initial idea to final proof sign-off. • Attended daily planning meetings, managed culture diary and social media, monitored traffic, responded to breaking news. • Commissioned individual pieces as well as negotiating contracts with freelance writers and critics. • Collaborated closely with marketing and commercial departments. • Lead editor for major cultural events such as the Edinburgh arts festival and Manchester International Festival.


    Arts editor,

    The Guardian

    Feb 2005 - Dec 2011
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Arts editor, [London] Online arts editor, working across theatre, art, design and classical music. • Commissioned features, comment pieces, podcasts, and other interactive elements, working closely with online news desk and print arts team. • Launch editor of the Guardian’s arts and entertainment blog. • Managed three-person sub-editing and production team.



    MPhil (Renaissance Literature)

    University of Cambridge

    Oct 2003 - Jun 2004
    • Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Supported by £10,000 Arts and Humanities Research Board scholarship. Thesis focused on poetry, gender, and imprisonment in early Tudor writing.


    BA (Hons) English Literature

    University of Cambridge

    Oct 1997 - Jun 2000
    • Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Double first-class honours degree [3.9 GPA equivalent]. Awarded college prizes and a senior scholarship after achieving first-class marks in both second and final years. Graduated in top five English Literature students of my university year.



    Michael Meyer Award

    Society of Authors

    • Won prestigious £3,000 award for my book Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe, which was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a true travel book, of the best kind", and by the New Statesman as "extraordinarily exhilarating".