As a freelance journalist, I specialize in smart, thoughtful commentary on clothes, art, literature, travel, culture, photography, gender, family, and whatever else I can turn my hand to. Having begun my career in my late teens after winning the Vogue Talent Contest aged sixteen and working for places including Oxfam and British Vogue, I’ve since gone on to write for a wide array of magazines and websites. To get in touch for commissions, questions or anything else, I can be reached at rosalindjana@gmail.com


I've written about clothes, art, and the history of women for Broadly, have covered topics from silk slips to men moaning about clothes for Refinery29, reflected on protests, friendships, and teenage memories for The Debrief, tackled things from curly hair to the Oxbridge experience for Yahoo, and revelled in my favourite fashion icons (among other things) for Into the Fold

Additionally I’ve discussed both my spinal surgery and my adolescent experiences modelling for Buzzfeed, Frida Kahlo for Dazed, the history of literary salons for Constellation (and, more recently, profiling Durga Chew-Bose), my family’s hats for The Coven, free make-up samples and inspiring women for ThandieKay, female protagonists for For Books’ Sake, my grandma's dress for Worn Stories, student style for Vogue online, the relevance of optimism for Off Black Magazine, feminist gift guides for Metro, and second hand clothes for The Guardian.

In Print

I've written for a variety of print magazines: discussing everything from scoliosis and body image to perfume as an adolescent rite of passage for British Vogue, university experiences for Teen Tatler, family homes for Apartemento, and literature, adventures, and fairytales for Lionheart. I also regularly contribute to SUITCASE Magazine: recently covering locations including Japan, Prague, and Oxford. Additionally, I'm junior editor on Violet magazine, where I work on a mixture of features, profiles and Q&A's. 


I also work in a variety of other forms, including books, poetry and plays. 

My first non-fiction title for teenagers and young women Notes On Being Teenage was released with Hachette in 2016. Well-received for its honesty and guidance, it also gave me the chance to appear at places including YALC, Edinburgh Literary Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, and various bookshops and schools across the country. 

My debut poetry collection Branch and Vein was also published in 2016, and is available through the New River Press. Subsequently, I've done poetry readings at places including Shakespeare and Company, The Society Club, Burberry's flagship store, and the Albion Beatnik in Oxford. It's been hailed by AnOther magazine as "beautiful, exploratory poetry that moves through bluebell woods and abandoned seaside hotels to Prime Minister's Questions in the Houses of Parliament."  In the past I've also been longlisted for the Christopher Tower prize, and won the inaugural Hippocrates Young Poet prize. More recently, my poem 'Hollow' was highly commended in the Forward Prizes, and is included in the Forward Book of Poetry 2018

I also co-wrote and performed in a radio play titled 'The Man who Turned into a Sofa' - dwelling on the ripple effects of my dad's depression on the rest of our family. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2014. 

I am represented by Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts.

(Illustration by Holly Gorne)


sunflow said...

Very impressive! For myself, I'm totally opposite when it comes to fashion (I guess I'll call myself a Fashion Victim), but here-here to good coffee!

jessie said...

Wow - you've achieved so much and your only 17! Your writing and photographs are beautiful :)
Its my dream to one day win the Vogue Writing Talent Contest and become a journalist... can I introduce you to my own blog http://jessiewilliams505.wordpress.com/

Sasha Murphy said...

I read your article on scoliosis and you've been my inspiration ever since. I'm entering the vogue competition this year (15 yrs old) and it really is thanks to you....as well as to my love for writing :) all the best wishes for the future and I hope you achieve all your wonderful aspirations :)
anousheh st x

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