Writing

Journalism 

As a freelance journalist, I specialise in profiles, features, and 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, including Buzzfeed, Broadly, Refinery29, The Debrief, Miss Vogue, AnOther, Dazed, Metro, Five Dials, The Guardian, Suitcase, Oh Comely, So it Goes, Polyester, and Violet. 

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

Online 

I've looked at everything from deadly clothing to image-obsessed countesses for Broadly, covered silk slips and men moaning about clothes for Refinery29, reflected on protests, friendships, and teenage memories for The Debrief, listed winter films to watch for style inspiration for AnOther, put together some political - and pragmatic - new year's resolutions for Miss Vogue, and discussed both my spinal surgery and my adolescent experiences modelling for Buzzfeed. 

Additionally I’ve looked at Frida Kahlo's wardrobe choices for Dazed, profiled Durga Chew-Bose (and written about the history of literary salons) for Constellation, unraveled my affinity with Fevvers from Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus for Five Dials, charted the relationship between fashion, age and decay for Demented Goddess, thought about my family’s hats and transparent women for The Coven, and revelled in my favourite fashion icons (among other things) for Into the Fold.

I've also written about 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, curly hair and Oxford for Yahoo and second hand clothes for The Guardian.

In Print

I've written for a variety of print magazines: profiling Benjamin Clementine for So it Goes, celebrating the power of dressing up in cementing friendships (and revisiting childhood memories of Wales) for Oh Comely, discussing everything from scoliosis and body image to perfume as an adolescent rite of passage for British Vogue, tackling university experiences for Teen Tatler, dwelling on family homes for Apartemento, and looking at literature, adventures, and fairytales for Lionheart. 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 Fogo Island, 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. 


Publications 

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 gave me the chance to appear at places including YALC, Edinburgh Literary Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, and various bookshops and schools across the country. I also have a forthcoming essay in Unbound's anthology Rife: Twenty Stories From Britain's Youth

My debut poetry collection Branch and Vein was likewise 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." I've also had several poems in the New River Press Yearbook (with one of them published on Dazed too). You can also find two of my poems in the latest Pippa Small catalogue - where I modelled alongside an owl, and wrote about feathers, light, and jewels.

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. 

I also co-wrote and performed in a BBC Radio 4 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 in September 2014. (For more broadcasting, see my more recent recorded piece for Layers podcast on a particularly glitzy blue ring). 

I am represented by Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts.

(Illustration by Holly Gorne)
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3 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!

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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