Isla Rosser-Owen

Professional Member
Location Lintmill Croft, Bridgend, Isle of Islay PA44 7PG
Telephone 01496 810 983
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Arabic, Arab world affairs, archaeology, comparative religion, French, historical fiction, history, humanities, Islam, literature in translation, Middle East, Middle Eastern history, North Africa, Persian, political Islam/modern trends, social sciences, Sufism, travel, Turkey, Turkish/Ottoman history


Books, company literature, diaries, directories/yearbooks, e-books, educational materials, government reports, illustrated books, journals, magazines, manuals, multiauthor books, newsletters, online materials, theses and dissertations, travel guides, websites


Academic books and journals, americanising, anglicising, Arabic script and transliteration, consultancy (editorial), copy-editing (on screen and on paper), copywriting, developmental editing, e-books, editing non-native English, editorial training, fact-checking, fiction, French, Greek script, line editing, multilingual editing, Ottoman script and transliteration, Persian script and transliteration, production editorial, project management, proofreading (on screen and on paper), research, rewriting, social media, Turkish language, writing

Recent clients

Arab Banker, Asharq al-Awsat, Brill, Cambridge University Press, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Edinburgh University Press, FLB Group, Hali Publications, Insight Guides (Berlitz), Kalam Research & Media, Manchester University Press, Routledge (Taylor & Francis), Schofield & Sims, Society for Libyan Studies (Cambridge Journals), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Connecting Art Histories in the Museum series), Zed Books

Qualifications and awards

MA Arabic, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society

Specialist software

Adobe Acrobat Pro; Adobe InDesign; Adobe Photoshop; Hootsuite; Quark-based Arabic diary typesetting; Typefi (for e-books); WordPress


Freelance journalist and editor 1996–2010; production editor, Prepress Projects, 2013; editor, Letts Filofax Group, 2010–13; senior editor, FLB Group, 2013–15; freelance editor and proofreader 2013 onwards

Recent training

Typefi (Insight Guides) 2013; Grammar refresher (Prepress Projects) 2013; Using wildcards in Microsoft Word (Prepress Projects) 2013; Proofreading e-books (Prepress Projects) 2013; Kodak InSite and Quark-based Arabic diary typesetting (FLB Group) 2014–15; Introduction to web editing (SfEP) 2016


Isla worked with my colleague and I to edit our book The Model Arab League Manual. She worked quickly and creatively, making suggestions that greatly increased the readability of our work. Her knowledge of the Middle East in addition to her copyediting skills made her the perfect editor for our project.

Holly A. Jordan, PhD (Visiting Assistant Professor, Roanoke College)

Isla’s work on my book Tragic Encounters and Ordinary Ethics: Palestine-Israel in British Universities was insightful, careful and creative. She was efficient and responsive and, most importantly, she drew on her deep understanding of this conflict in order to clarify meanings in ways that felt true to my own authorial voice. I have no doubt that my book has been immeasurably improved as a consequence of her contribution to it.

Dr Ruth Sheldon (Birkbeck, University of London)

Isla has been editing the Libyan Studies journal for the last couple of years, and her knowledge of North Africa and Arabic has been a huge help for checking the articles. Her very careful editing has greatly improved the quality of the journal.

Dr Victoria Leitch (Publications Manager, Society for Libyan Studies)

Isla has worked on proofreading and copy-editing my book Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335 (EUP, 2017) and on a number of research articles I have published recently. Her input on each of these works has been precise, high quality and timely. She has managed to greatly improve the quality of my publications and I will continue to rely on her work in future projects.

Dr Bruno De Nicola (University of St Andrews)