ABOUT

Academic qualifications

  • MA Clinical Psychology, UPE
  • BA Honours, Unisa
  • BA English and Psychology, Rhodes University


 Hi! I’m Gillian McAinsh, a professional freelance writer and editor with extensive experience in print and digital media. 


I offer the following media services: 

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Media liaison, strategy and media releases
  • Training: writing workshops for students and academics
  • Basic photography and graphic design


My background is in newspapers, much of it in my home city of Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). While working at The Herald and Weekend Post I won the Vodacom Regional Award for Journalist of the year twice – once for consumer journalism and once for print news.


Today I freelance mostly for universities and corporates, but still keep my hand in by writing lifestyle features for  regional and national newspapers. Areas of interest include arts, education, lifestyle and autism. 


It’s important to give back, so reduced rates for charities and NGOs also feature in the mix. Otherwise, see the Safrea rates survey for a general indication of rates — I charge in the mid-range  — or get in touch.


Interests outside work include open-water swimming in Algoa Bay, running, playing golf, taking happy snaps and playing with graphics. Oh, and of course, spending time with family and friends … but, after Covid, I guess I’m not alone in wanting that!




Gillian McAinsh profile phhotograph
Vodacome Journalist of the Year logo

Vodacom Journalist of the Year

(Eastern Cape)

  • Print News (2017) 
  • Consumer Journalism: “The voice of the voiceless” (2011)

Professional Affiliation

  • Full member of Southern African Freelancers Association

What clients say …

“5/5 would recommend. Enlisting Gillian's enthusiastic and professional assistance calmed my nerves as she crafted a path into the market that worked.”  

— Steven Lancaster, ONE12run

“Gillian is truly a dream to work with. She is organised and extremely efficient. Gillian is resourceful and knowledgeable on a broad range of topics, with an extensive contact base.”

  — Rochelle de Kock

Editor-in-chief , The Herald and Weekend Post

“Gillian is a seasoned, talented professional with impeccable writing and editing skills. Her sharp eye for detail makes her an obvious and guaranteed asset on any project.”                 — Beth Cooper-Howell, Woman on Top

“What a pleasure to work with such a professional wordsmith. Gillian is an organised, hardworking and talented writer who meets all her deadlines. If only we could clone her!”                               

— Debbie Derry, Nelson Mandela University

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