Business nameIlsa Sharp Editorial Services
Phone(08) 9458 6485
ABN29 214 423 047
Nationality: British-born; Australian resident since 1989, now Australian national.
Tertiary education: BA Hons Chinese Studies, Leeds University, England, 1967.
Career: News editor/journalist 1968-1981, Singapore/Malaysia/Hong Kong.
Freelance journalist and commissioned book author 1981-1998.
Author of 20+ published books, chiefly on history/culture/wildlife/botany/ecology of SE Asia, but also 'Culture Shock! Australia', a handbook on the Australian lifestyle for newcomers, reprinted since 1991 and now in 8th edition, international sales.
Manager Marketing/PR (full-time), Greening Australia WA (NGO) 1998-2000 (dedicated to native vegetation conservation).
Since 2000, freelance editor and writer in both Asia and Australia.
QualificationsIlsa has acted as Editor of a large number of professional publishing projects, 1968 - to date. Her strengths are her extraordinary diversity of experience - from her Chinese Studies degree and Asian experience, to her track record of collaborations with scientists, particularly biologists and ecologists, to produce layman-friendly works of accessible science - her strong feeling for historical research projects, and her personal passion for the English language.
ExperienceFormal editing posts have included:
News Editor, Fanfare entertainment weekly, Singapore;
Editor, Singapore Business monthly magazine, Singapore;
Managing Editor, Times Periodicals, Singapore;
Asst Editor (Features), Business Times daily, Singapore.
Managing Editor, 'Grow' magazine for schools (3 language editions), Ministry of Education, Government of Singapore.
Examples of recent editing projects 2013-2014:
10th anniversary book for Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, Singapore's national theatre hub;
'Wild Orchids of Peninsular Malaysia' for Forest Research Institute of Malaysia;
Regular PhD thesis editing for Curtin University, WA;
Academic journal papers, for a Singapore ethnomusicologist;
Private commission: a Perth woman's family 'roots' history targeted for publication as a book.