I’m Graham Southorn

Writer and editor

business • science • technology

Business and science editor Graham Southorn in a suit with arms folded

Looking for an editor or copywriter? I’ve been a journalist, author and editor of books and magazines for over 20 years. Whatever the subject, I try to make every sentence count.

Looking for an editor or copywriter? I’ve been a journalist, author and editor of books and magazines for over 20 years. Whatever the subject, I try to make every sentence count.

Today I enjoy working with all kinds of businesses, as well as editing and writing for publications. Previously, I was the full-time editor of market-leading publications, including South West Business Insider and the popular science magazines BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night. I have a degree in physics and a particular interest in innovative technologies and transformative ideas.

I love the challenge of making complex subjects accessible. Whether it’s sustainability, succession planning, statistical forecasting or space debris, I always ask myself the same question. What does the reader want to know? The answer is just the first step towards content with clarity, which is essential if you want to cut through the noise. Scroll down to find out how I can help.

What do you need?

How I work with words, both written and spoken

Content writer

I work with businesses to deliver impactful content, as well as writing books and contributing to publications.


Do you need a content editor for your website or print publication? I’ve commissioned and edited leading brands.

Event chairperson

Looking for a facilitator for a round-table discussion or panel debate? I can chair and write event-related content.

Book editor

Need an editor for your non-fiction book? I offer the full range of editorial services, from assessment to proofreading.

People I’ve impressed

Testimonials from happy clients

Graham has provided business writing and editing support for Hewlett Rand. As well as being a skilful wordsmith, he has a very sharp eye for detail so that the end result is both well-structured and error free. In addition, Graham takes the initiative to research around topics to support content creation.

Richard Lowe

Owner, Hewlett Rand

Graham has been working with us for a number of years now on a variety of writing assignments, as well as editing and proofing. He is flexible, quick to turn around work, adept at getting to grips quickly with complex subjects and getting to the nub of the matter. Highly recommended!

Catherine Dhanjal

Managing Director, The Answer PR

What’s new

Blogs, news and latest projects

Accounting Excellence 2018 awards judge

I’m delighted to be a judge of Accounting Excellence 2018, AccountingWEB’s awards for accountants, finance teams and software providers. I’ve been...

Copywriting for Music for the Mind 2018

  If you plan to see just one Wells concert this year, here’s a date for your diary: Saturday, 15th September 2018. That’s when a group of...

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2017

One of my articles has been included in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2017, a collection published by Princeton University Press — a huge honour....

About me

Here are a few career highlights. You’ll find my full background and biography on LinkedIn.

Editor, BBC Focus

Judge, awards and competitions

Editor, South West Business Insider

Author, Physics Squared

Editor, BBC Sky at Night magazine

Chair, business and tech events

I'm based in Bristol, UK...

…close to Temple Meads railway station. I’d be delighted to discuss your requirements in person if you’re based in the city or the surrounding area. There are several fine coffee shops around here and I’m always partial to a flat white.

Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QF