For Hire

I’m available now for writing, content editing, audience development and fundraising.


I write about arts and culture, for various places including The Wire and Corridor 8. I’ve just finished editing a major book, Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, for Faber which will come out next year.

Sometimes I write essays about anxiety and parenthood, and sometimes I write about Wayne’s World (there’s more overlap than you might think.)

Last year I published a boxed artists book with Wysing Arts Centre, called The Fields Here Are Full of Ghosts. This was exhibited in their 30th anniversary exhibition, which also featured Elizabeth Price, Tai Shani, Heather Phillipson and more. You can see more about this, and buy it as an edition, here.

I’m available now for freelance writing commissions. Here are some quick links to recent writing:


Audience development and fundraising

I work as a consultant and freelancer for charities and arts organisations. I have 15 years’ experience of communications, marketing and fundraising: I’ve been head of department at two national charities, communications manager at a university research centre, and worked in communications, marketing and fundraising roles for various other national and international organisations.

Recently, I’ve been working with arts organisations like The Modernist Society and Siobhan Davies Dance / BALTIC on audience development and content strategy. Previously, as Marketing/Development Director at Cecil Sharp House, the HQ of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, I led on an Arts Council Catalyst-funded project bringing in £210k for the charity through individual giving. I’ve also worked on several trusts and foundations bids and a long-running membership scheme.

I’m fast and versatile, with lots of experience producing content, ranging from charity marketing to fundraising appeals, social media management, email newsletters, blog posts, trade and national press articles, press releases, and paid social advertising.

I’ve also developed content and communications strategies for various organisations. (An aside: I can’t pretend I’m not writing this in a very strange and unstable time for the arts and charity worlds. I’ve already been talking to some organisations I work with about how to make a positive contribution in the current climate, and I’d be very happy to chat to anyone else who wants to think about how they can use their platform constructively and ethically right now.)

I’m based in West Yorkshire and when we’re not in lockdown I’m in London, Manchester, Leeds regularly. 

I’m happy to charge either a day or project rate. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like an initial chat. 

A full CV and further portfolio is available on request.


Skype: tessatessanorton

Phone: 07771636933