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who we are

Pip Desmond and Pat Martin are two experienced, versatile writers with a passion for telling the stories of people, organisations and communities. We’ve been writing, editing and designing for over 35 years.

Our strength is our ability to turn complex ideas into clear, simple language and present them in an engaging, effective way. Together we have worked in the public, private, not-for-profit and development sectors. Whether it’s producing your publication, editing a university text, writing a speech, recording your family history, designing your  website or running a writing workshop, we  bring life to words.

Pat Martin

Putting together the whole publication package is my strength – planning and writing stories, assembling graphics and design, polishing with a good edit, and overseeing the final production.

I fit contract work around my passion for family history, my grandchildren, gardening and community rugby. I’ve worked as a communications advisor for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, been a political advisor for the Labour Government and publications manager for the Department of Building and Housing. I also spent two years as a volunteer communications advisor in Timor-Leste and worked for Volunteer Service Abroad part-time on our return.

Along the way there have been websites and newsletters, union publications, book editing and book writing. I also have a post-graduate diploma in journalism and first class honours in Sociology and History.

Who I work for matters to me. Vast sums are spent on marketing but we don’t often hear from the people who hold our communities together. It’s satisfying when good communication shines a light on their work.

Pip Desmond

I love writing stories about real people, especially those whose voices are often silent. My latest memoir, Song for Rosaleen, puts the spotlight on my own family. The book is both a celebration of my mother Rosaleen’s life and an intimate account of how our family coped when Mum got dementia.

My two other published books – the award-winning  Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs and The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea – also tell the stories of ordinary New Zealanders facing extraordinary circumstances

I’ve been a ministerial press secretary and political advisor, as well as editor of the flagship not-for-profit publication, Dialogue. I have post-graduate diploma papers in journalism, an MA in Creative Writing and a BA in History.

A two-year volunteer stint in Timor Leste gave me the unique opportunity to teach creative writing and write a creative writing guide in the local language, Tetun. On our return to New Zealand, I helped record the experiences of staff at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

I love editing almost as much as writing. Plain language and apostrophes are in.  Jargon’s out. My red pen is my sword.