Wordscapes: publishing; copywriting; editing

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My name is Fiona Shaw, and words are my thing – whether they appear in books, web copy, marketing materials or iPhone apps. I've been a journalist, copywriter, editor and publisher at various times. And sometimes all at the same time. Now my business, Wordscapes, provides a range of publishing, editing, copy writing, proofreading, and SEO (search engine optimisation) skills. And we win awards for them, too.

So, whether you're interested in publishing a book, proofreading, editing or need a bit of help getting your message across, we'll help you find the right words.

Get in touch - email me at fiona@wordscape.org.uk for a chat...

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Looking forward to having a range of Wordscapes and Capsica books stocked in the lovely MADE HERE shop, which is full of delicious gifts and goodies made in Liverpool. The darling of independent shopping in Liverpool, Made Here celebrates its first birthday this weekend, with party-style shopping that includes cake. You can read more about that here. Really, what more could you want?

The LIVERPOOL MAP book, created in conjunction with artists Inge Paneels and Jeffrey Sarmiento, Open Culture and NML, has gone into the final stages of production, ready for a Spring 2013 launch. The book, which looks in detail at the 16 layers of the new Liverpool Map – one of the flagship exhibits in the new MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL – gives context and background to this groundbreaking Capital of Culture project, alongside a look at each individual layer, and a section on the technical feats involved. Keep an eye on the website for more news about its launch, and where you can get hold of a copy…   

PINTEREST has become a bit of an obsession in the last few months, so we’re putting together the best of it in some delicious boards of beautiful book covers, tempting typography and daily inspiration. Click here to watch us – and our pins – grow

OPEN CULTURE’s just announced the advent of this year’s Winter Arts Market, a weekend-long feast of local artists and makers and their beautiful, handmade gifts, treats and homeware. St George’s Hall opens its doors to the annual present buying-frenzy on December 8 and 9, from 10am-5pm, with festive food from our lovely clients at Can Cook.

AND THE WINNER IS… We were delighted to announce Danny Jackson’s the Rope as the winner of the Albert Dock Reflections photography competition last week. We received almost 5,000 votes for the shortlisted shots, with the Rope taking 21% of the total. Alongside a Open Eye Gallery photography masterclass, Danny also won a Tate goodie bag, a signed print by legendary 60s photographer Bill Zygmant, and a copy of Letterpool – and will have his winning image projected onto the dock wall.    

And Fiona’s spent the last six months working with drama-based training company AFTA Thought on a communications plan, including a new website, social media plan, commercial newsletter and press work. 

Over the summer we worked with Aintree racecourse on their conference venue site copy, which covers their wedding venues, business facilities and private party hire. With 100 pages of new content to create, it was a huge job. But after a great behind-the-scenes tour, it means we can also highly recommend its atmospheric old weighing rooms, elegant dining facilities and rooms with a view… 

THE RIGHT CHEMISTRY

It’s all about getting the mix right, so we’re happy to report that AWARD MARKETING's website, which we've been working on alongside e-Blueprint, is now live and kicking. 

We’re working with the ALBERT DOCK over the summer on their Reflections photography competition, inspired by the Turner Monet Twombly exhibition that’s just opened at Tate Liverpool. All we’re after are images of or taken at the dock, between 3MB and 10MB, which fit around their water-based theme of Reflections. Prizes include a masterclass from the Open Eye gallery, goody bags from the Open Eye and Tate, and the unforgettable opportunity to have your winning image projected onto the front of the dock building. Have a look at our blog for entries and inspiration, and more information.   

When it comes to great writing, less is more. But even if you’re familiar with the mantra to ‘omit needless words,’ tightening your writing is harder than it looks. Those clever folk at Lifehacker show you how…

Friday night saw the launch of our new book, Food for Thought – an appreciative journal published with long-time collaborators APPRECIATING PEOPLE. The idea behind appreciative journaling is to get you looking at the brighter side of life, the ‘minor miracles’ – as speaker Nick Moore described them – that’re the stuff of everyday life, and focusing on the positives, not the negatives. You can buy your own copy online now, with a simple click here…

The completed line-up for this years LIGHTNIGHT has been announced, with a huge choice of free events for the city’s annual festival of arts and culture, on May 18 this year. LightNight unlocks the doors of Liverpool’s world-class museums, galleries and heritage sites, staging over 70 free events to amaze and inspire visitors. Once again, the hugely popular candlelit labyrinth (pictured) will be making an appearance, alongside special tours, a mass sing-along, fascinating exhibitions and open studios, Chinese arts showcase, architecture tours, ceildhs, spectacular light projections, street theatre, live music and so much more, all for free. For more information, have a look here at the LIGHTNIGHT site.

LightNight is organised by OpenCulture.

Fiona has written copy for both years of Threshold Festival and is one of the best practitioners in her field. She is a superb writer and extremely reliable.

Chris Carney, director Please Reset Me and Threshold Festival

The giants take over Liverpool: three giant marionettes – a girl, her Aztec dog Xo’lo and her uncle – took over the streets of Liverpool this weekend for the Giant Spectacular Sea Odyssey, as an estimated 600,000 people came out to watch. The story began in North Liverpool’s Stanley park on Friday morning, as the little girl awoke; her uncle emerged from Salthouse Dock in his diving suit later that day, as they roamed the city in search of each other. French street theatre specialists ROYAL DE LUXE brought the production to Liverpool as part of the city’s events, commemorating 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. The ship was registered in Liverpool to the White Star Line; many Scousers were amongst the 1,517 who died, predominantly on-board as crew members. The spectacular three-day event was expected to generate £12 million for the local economy. Our friends and collaborators at a sense of place made a short film of the giants in action, which you can see here.

HAPPY EASTER folks - a marvellous excuse, I’m sure you’ll agree, for posting these gorgeous handmade pantone eggs by designer Jessica Jones at HOW ABOUT ORANGE. May spring bring you new starts, new ideas and new inspiration…

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