As a freelance journalist, I specialise in profiles, features, personal essays, and commentary on clothes, art, literature, travel, culture, photography, family, intriguing women from history, 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, websites and broadcasters, including Buzzfeed, Broadly, Refinery29, BBC Radio 4, The Debrief, Miss Vogue, Vogue International, AnOther, Dazed, Metro, Five Dials, The Guardian, Suitcase, Oh Comely, So it Goes, Stylist, Amuse, Polyester, and Violet. 

I have also chaired events at locations ranging from Waterstones to Port Eliot Festival.

I am represented by Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts.

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


I've explored the enduring influence of Frankenstein on fashion, the rise of the graphic novel, and the political implications of First Lady dressing for Vogue Internationaldiscussed both my spinal surgery and adolescent experiences modelling for Buzzfeed, listed winter films to watch for style inspiration  and short stories about clothes (as well as exploring the irrepressible legacy of Gala Dal√≠, the art and life of Leonor Fini, and Clive Boursnell's photos of Old Covent Garden) for AnOther, thought about the power of scars for Stylistlooked at everything from deadly clothing to image-obsessed countesses for Broadly, covered silk slips and men moaning about clothes for Refinery29, profiled artist Jack Coulter, put together some political - and pragmatic - new year's resolutions for 2018, and written about student style for British Vogue, sung the joys of a holiday with a best friend for Amuse, and analysed Frida Kahlo's wardrobe choices for Dazed. 

Additionally I’ve written about my very personal relationship with Tove Jansson for The Queer Biblereflected on protestsfriendships, and teenage memories for The Debriefprofiled 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 and interviewed Sophie Collins 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, the relevance of optimism for Off Black Magazine, feminist gift guides for Metro, and second hand clothes for The Guardian.

Additionally I'm an online editor at Violet Book, where I have have interviewed an incredible array of women (and work on a variety of other pieces - for a recent example see my profile of Kim Sion and Lucy Kumara Moore). 

In Print

I've written for a variety of print magazines: profiling Benjamin Clementine and, more recently, discussing Virginia Woolf's relationship with the fashion industry for So it Goes, writing on a variety of topics from the power of dressing up in cementing friendships to revelling in the pleasures of a mid-morning swim 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 Norway (which you can read about here), 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. 

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 teenagers and 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. More recently I've spoken on panels ranging from Riposte x Sonder & Tell's Stories That Shape Us to Word Factory's 'Writing Our Future' Citizen Festival (see my interview here). 

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, 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've also chaired various poetry events at Waterstones Gower Street.

Branch and Vein 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." I also have several poems in both SMEAR (now stocked in Urban Outfitters).

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've written 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, as well as a piece on the personal resonance found in watching God's Own Country for The Film Programme.

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 on in September 2014. 

(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!

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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