Hi, to friends and family I’m Mark, and with everything else it tends to be Markus. I’m happiest with Mark, but then I happily want to be Markus when I’m on stage. Just kidding. Markus MacGill is really like a pen name actually, and my work isn’t in the spotlight; it’s usually comfortably behind a keyboard or a camera.
With personal passions for an eclectic mix of subjects, I try to find the time for writing about them here:
— Medicine, science, international development (I’m an editor, writer and communications expert)
— Photography and art (I’m an amateur photographer who’s often been commissioned professionally in the past, plus sometimes as part of the day jobs)
— Driving (I like being behind the wheel)
Communications, editing, writing – international development, science, health policy, medicine, etc, etc
My professional work is rigorous when it comes to editing and publishing, and often needs to be unbiased when I’m writing. Developing communications and getting involved in stakeholder or public engagement are things I do in the voice of each organization, not my own (although it’s my heart and soul that goes into this stimulating and rewarding work just the same). So that’s all brilliant – but it means I’m seeking a field day for original opinion here.
See a bit about my career in publishing and communications at LinkedIn, with a number of editorial positions on national weekly and monthly business/professional publications and much experience as the launch editor of major technical information websites. I was awarded a distinction in 2017 for a PgCert on an MSc programme in communication and public engagement at the University of Edinburgh.
To more of a personal topic than a career one, although the personal and the professional are always near to each other for me.
Taking pictures wasn’t my first love, but it might be my last. Or it might be music if the ears fare better for longer. You can still enjoy pictures if you lose your sight though. I digress.
Have a look at just some of my pictures at photographsbymark.com. Lots more to upload from the film days, and I’ve only just started clearing the digital queue.
Everyone has something to say about driving, often incorrect or heavily misguided by opinion.
I love cars (the best ones anyway) and I love driving (except in bad cars, bad traffic or a bad mood). I worked part time as a driving instructor during a self-employed stint in my editorial career (and got 98% while giving training under the last DVSA ‘standards check’ – that’s a rare level of pass to boast about, isn’t it?).
I might one day like to drive a bus or juggernaut (just for fun, why not?) and I’d love to throw a rally car round some empty mountain tracks. I’d never like to ride a motorbike anywhere other than a race track. I’ve ridden a moped round Cyprus and found the cornering ability shocking, and I’ve ridden pillion on a fast bike, and that was all the thrill I’ll ever need.
Part of my drive (sorry) to write these entries will be to keep my creative scribbling muscle in shape – and with something that’s not the day job on the one hand but not as easy to write about as photography on the other – so a bit of a challenge to keep me lively. I’ll aim to get some sense into the talk about driving. I’ll be heavily guided by my opinions, but I hope not misguided.
The little picture at the top of this site was captured by a friend’s friend in September 2019 – thanks, Sylvia
© Roses & Lavender photography – see her work at roseslavender.com
While you’re here
A little plug for my Dad’s textile art – Neil MacGillivray textiles: neilmacgillivray.co.uk
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