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The word on Jan Patience

Hello. I’m a Scottish journalist with more than 30 years experience as writer, editor and latterly, communications specialist. I am widely known and positively regarded within the media in Scotland and beyond, with extensive contacts. 

I work tirelessly across digital, print and broadcast platforms, creating lively, informative and entertaining content. I care about the subjects with which I engage; providing clarity alongside informed comment. I’m also a published author.

For the last 13 years, I have written about visual art, primarily for Scotland’s quality newspaper, The Herald, but my work in this field appears across a wide range of platforms and publications. 

Currently, I am co-chair of Women in Journalism Scotland. I have worked with BBC Academy’s Expert Women Scotland programme and as a consultant for BBC Scotland in the build-up to the launch of BBC Scotland.

I’m an experienced public speaker and make regular guest appearances on national television, radio and online, predominantly talking about the arts. I regularly chair events at events such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Leading Scottish newspaper commentator


A feature in The Herald Magazine on artist Nick Cave (not the music one)

Jan is a first class writer who can adapt her style to fit any situation, be that writing for a broadsheet, tabloid, website or cutting through jargon to produce a crystal clear press release about your organisation.


Jan on BBC Scotland’s The Nine

Jan appears regularly on air as an expert on art. She is also an accomplished public speaker and speech writer. She regularly chairs sessions at the likes of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Jan in full flow during a training session

Jan is one third of Speak for Yourself, which offers a range of tailored workshops aimed at professional women to help them present themselves professionally.

What they say about Jan Patience….

It’s always a pleasure to work with Jan as she is a consummate professional who works tirelessly to provide creative, informative and entertaining writing. She cares deeply about the subjects she writes about providing clarity alongside her highly eloquent and passionate opinion. A pleasure to read and a pleasure to work with.

John Young, award-winning photographer

Jan has masses of experience matched by an abundance of passion for the projects she works on. As a journalist, I know that if Jan’s enthusiastic about something then it will be good, and that I can rely on her for the information I need to make a story that works. Jan is a highly skilled writer and communicator – an absolute pleasure to work with.

Sandra Dick, journalist & communications consultant


Jan Patience is a journalist and communications consultant.

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