Writing

Journalism 

As a freelance journalist, I specialise in profiles, features, personal essays, and commentary on clothes, art, literature, travel, sustainability, culture, photography, family, LGBT stories/ experiences, intriguing women from history, and more. Having begun my career in my late teens after winning the Vogue Talent Contest aged sixteen and working for places including British Vogue and Oxfam, I’ve since gone on to write for a wide array of magazines, websites and broadcasters, including Vogue International, BBC Radio 4, Buzzfeed, Broadly, Glamour, Refinery29, Stylist, The Debrief, AnOther, Dazed, Metro, Five Dials, The Guardian, Suitcase, Oh Comely, So it Goes, Amuse, Polyester, More or Less and Violet.

To get in touch with commissions or questions, I can be reached at rosalindjana@gmail.com

Online 

Culture (Fashion/ Photography/ Art/ Film/ History)

Why Is it that Fashion Looks to Queer Icons for Inspiration? - Vogue International
The Enduring Influence of Frankenstein on Fashion - Vogue International
From Jackie to Melania: The Politics of a First Lady's Wardrobe - Vogue International
12 Times Fashion Designers Were Inspired by Superheroes - Vogue International
The 20th Century Artist Who Challenged the Myth of Womanhood - AnOther
An Eclectic Look at Old Covent Garden Market in the 1960s and 70s - AnOther
Gala Dalí's Irrepressible Legacy - AnOther
Ten Winter Films to Watch for Style Inspiration - AnOther
A Brief History of Men Moaning About Women's Clothing - Refinery29
The Powerful Personal Style of Frida Kahlo - Dazed
The Long, Strange History of Women Wearing Deadly Clothing - Broadly
The Scandalous, Narcissistic 19th Century Countess Who Became Her Own Muse - Broadly
Mark My Words: The Subversive History of Using Thread as Ink - Broadly
The Transparent Woman - The Coven

Books 

Meet the New Generation of Poets Breaking Boundaries in 2019 - Stylist 
U.A. Fanthorpe - The Queer Bible 
Why Poetry is Back in Fashion - Vogue International
How Graphic Novels are Articulating Modern-Day Angst - Vogue International 
Eight Short Stories By Women Writers About Clothes - AnOther 
Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus - Five Dials 
Making Space: A Brief History of Literary Salons Past and Present - Constellation 
The Best Fiction About Young Women - For Books' Sake

Memoir 

Changing Shape: How Scoliosis Caused a Twist in the Tale of my Teenage Years - Buzzfeed
Here's What it was Like to Grow Up in the Modelling Industry - Buzzfeed 
All Hail the Quiet Defiance of Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress - Stylist 
Tove Jansson - The Queer Bible 
What Happens to Your Friends in Those First Bittersweet Months After Uni - Grazia (formerly on The Debrief)
The One Piece of Clothing That Makes Me Feel Extraordinarily Sexy - Refinery29
Student Style: The University of Fashion Life - British Vogue 
The Fashion Icons That Shaped My Teenage Years - Into the Fold 
If The Hat Fits - The Coven

Sustainability/ activism

Your Wardrobe Has Much to Reveal About the Appalling Ways Women are Treated in Fashion - Glamour
Your Guide to Finding Hidden Gems in Charity Shops - Stylist
New Year, New You: How to Make a Difference in 2018 - Miss Vogue
Junk Shop Junkies: Why Secondhand Has Become so Desirable - The Guardian

Travel (online)

The Diamond Route: How to do Japan Beyond Tokyo - Suitcase 
Castles in the Air: A Creative Retreat in Fleinvær, Norway - Suitcase 

Interviews and Profiles 

Meet Jack Coulter, The Artist Painting Mendelssohn - British Vogue 
Active Memory: Durga Chew-Bose - Constellation 
Benjamin Clementine - So It Goes (previously in print)
Small White Monkeys: Sophie Collins - Demented Goddess
Sion and Moore - Violet Book
La Femme - Violet Book
Alela Diane - Violet Book
Mona Chalabi - Violet Book
Lauren Elkin - Violet Book
Kate Clanchy - Violet Book
Fumiko Imano - Violet Book
Orla Kiely - Violet Book
Siri Thorson - Violet Book
Mercedes Helnwein - Violet Book
Louise O'Neill - Violet Book


In Print

I've written for a variety of print magazines, providing profiles and, more recently, discussing Virginia Woolf's relationship with fashion for So it Goes, writing on a variety of topics from using dressing up to cement friendships to revelling in the pleasures of a mid-morning swim for Oh Comely, reflecting on everything from scoliosis and body image to perfume as an adolescent rite of passage for British Vogue, dwelling on our understanding of home for Apartemento, flagging the importance of optimism for Off-Black, and thinking about the stories we inherit along with family clothing for More or Less. You can also find a short story of mine about baking and Greek myths in 'Another Year, Another Crisis': Polyester's zine of essays.   

As a travel journalist I also regularly contribute to SUITCASE Magazine: recently covering locations including Norway (see above), Fogo Island, Japan, Prague, Oxford, and a decadent night from Venice to Paris on the Orient Express. 

Additionally, I'm junior editor on Violet magazine's print edition, where I work on a mixture of features, profiles and Q&A's, and have interviewed people ranging from Natasha Lyonne to Desiree Akhavan to my grandma. 


Publications and Audio

I also work in a variety of other forms, including non-fiction, poetry, and radio. 

Non-Fiction and Poetry 

My first non-fiction title for young women Notes On Being Teenage was released with Hachette in 2016. Well-received for its honesty and guidance - and described by Red magazine as "an indispensable look at modern life"- it took me to places including YALC, Edinburgh Literary Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, and various bookshops and schools across the country. 

I also have a forthcoming essay in the anthology Rife: Twenty Stories From Britain's Youth (Unbound, 2019).

My debut poetry collection Branch and Vein was also published in 2016, and was 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."

Subsequently I've performed at places including Shakespeare and Company, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Hay Poetry Bookshop, Curious Arts Festival, and Burberry's flagship store (I've also done readings/ work for brands including Urban Outfitters, Isabella Fox, and Pippa Small - writing two poems for the latter's 2017 catalogue, where I modelled alongside an owl, and wrote about feathers, light, and jewels..) I also have a poem in Andrew Gallix's anthology We'll Never Have Paris (Repeater, 2019).

In the past I've 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 am currently working on a verse novel.

Audio

I've written/ recorded work for various BBC Radio 4 programmes - including this audio essay for Short Cuts about sweaty dancing, sequins, dating women, and glimpsing a very glam couple across a crowded room, and another more recently on memory, storytelling, and my grandma's brief tenure as President of the Earth on Doctor Who.

Elsewhere you can find me on The Film Programme exploring the personal resonances found in watching God's Own Country.

For more examples of things I've written and recorded, you can listen to my piece for Layers podcast on a particularly glitzy blue ring. 

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

(Illustration by Holly Gorne)
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4 comments

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!

Anonymous 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

Naomi Omireh said...

You have achieved so much. Do you know where I can read your winning entry for vogue?

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