5 UK Technical Writers You Should Follow on Twitter

From Shakespeare, Graham Greene, JK Rowling to Colum McAndrew, Ellis Pratt, David Farbey. All have all one thing in common – great writing! As my career started in the Baker Street, London in the 90s, I’ve always carried fond memories of my time in England. Here are some UK based technical writers you might want to add to your Twitter list. By the way, do you notice any difference between UK and US tech writer blogs?

Colum McAndrew

Colum knows more about Robohelp than anyone I’ve ever met and I wouldn’t be surprised if Adobe ‘made him an offer he couldn’t refuse’, for example, as a product evangelist.

“Technical Writer with a keen interest in all Adobe TCS products (especially RoboHelp) as well as technical communication trends.”

http://twitter.com/robocolumn & http://notcolin.wordpress.com

Ellis Pratt

Ellis is Director of Cherryleaf Limited a technical communication company based in the United Kingdom. “We are the most copied technical communicators in the UK, with expertise in single sourcing and online Help. “ Ellis, has a nice dry, sense of humor, keeping  Twitter lists for Squirrels, MeerKats and Elephants.


David Farbey

David “writes technically, constitutionally incapable of ignoring typos.”

He is a technical communications and information design professional and has been active in this field since 1994. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, and a Member of the British Computer Society. He has presented at professional technical communications conferences in the UK, Europe, and the USA.

http://twitter.com/dfarb & http://www.farbey.co.uk

Gordon McLean.

Glasgow-based Gordon is a “Technical Information Manager with Sword Ciboodle”.

Gordon is a member of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (and contributor to the monthly newsletter), and a member of the Information Architecture Institute.

You can find him on LinkedIn or the Content Wrangler Community, and to find out more about me just visit my other blog or hey, Google me.


Alistair Christie

Documentation Manager for a UK-based software company, since 2002. “A long time ago (it feels like it anyway) I used to work in the publishing business as an editorial project manager for an educational publisher in Oxford. I later worked as a freelance editor and then decided to combine my experience working on books with my hobbyist enthusiasm for software and try my hand as a technical writer – and I never looked back!”

http://twitter.com/itauthor & http://www.itauthor.com

Other UK technical writers?

Do you know any other technical writers based in the UK. Let me know and I’ll update the list.