Sue Lightfoot, BA (Hons) PGCE

Location: POLPERRO, Cornwall

Membership Grade: Advanced Professional Member

Contact Info

Phone: 01503 273006

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General Experience

I have been indexing for over 20 years, following a career in teaching. I served on the Executive Board of the Society for several years and led ‘Introduction to Indexing’ and ‘Indexing Books for Children’ workshops. In addition to my specialisms (below) I have indexed books on a wide variety of subjects. I am willing to work to short deadlines and during holidays.


Education (All Areas)

BA English & French; PGCE. My previous career was in teaching: French, EFL/ESL and primary school, including 12 years in an international school and university in Thailand. I have indexed countless books dealing with all areas of education.

Child Development

I have taught children from ages 5 to 16, and have indexed many books on child development. I also index books for children.

Linguistics - Applied

BA English & French; Thai language. With a lifelong interest in languages I have indexed numerous books on linguistics (applied and descriptive and theoretical) for major publishers.

French (Works About)

BA English & French. I have taught English in France, and French in England and Thailand. I continue to enjoy new books in French and have indexed many books on French language and literature.

English (Works About)

I read widely and have indexed many books on English language and literature.


I lived in Thailand for 14 years, speak and read Thai (Prathom 6 Certificate) and have indexed numerous books on Thai language and culture. I was a proofreader for the Oxford-River Books English-Thai Dictionary (2004).


Especially SE Asia. I have lived in Laos and Thailand and have indexed countless books on all aspects of the region. I am the indexer for the journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.

Food and Drink

I have indexed several books on nutrition and cookery and would love to index more, particularly on vegetarian, Thai and Indian food.

Knitting and Crochet

I have been knitting since childhood. I am interested in the history and practice of the art and would love to index books on the subject.

Related qualifications

BA (Hons) English & French; PGCE

Recent indexes include

Ernest Macaro,

English Medium Instruction

, Oxford University Press, 2018
Aya Matsuda,

Preparing teachers to teach English as an international language

, Multilingual Matters, 2017
Beatrice Groves,

Literary Allusion in Harry Potter

, Routledge, 2017

Clients Include

Oxford University Press
Multilingual Matters
Taylor and Francis
Edinburgh University Press

Special Publication Type

Biographies/ Autobiographies

I enjoy indexing biographies, and have indexed several over the years.

Children's Books And Materials

I have indexed countless books for children and welcome more commissions for this important work.


I have indexed several textbooks and welcome those for primary schools and language textbooks.

Travel Guides

I have indexed many travel guides, and particularly welcome those to Southeast Asia, USA and Cornwall!

Diaries And Letters

I have indexed several collections of diaries and letters.