Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the BBC National Short Story Awards which was one of the highlights of my professional career and it dawned on me what an eventful year it’s been.
To recap the tail-end of my last job at The Independent on Sunday: I wrote about 2016 cultural highlights and started reviewing books for the literary section which was a complete and utter joy. I wrote about Julie Myerson’s thriller The Stopped Heart in January and the following month plunged into bittersweet whaling story Rush Oh!
In March, after a year at the Independent on Sunday, I left because the newspaper went online only and I’d been working almost exclusively on the art pages in the printed edition. There were so many fun aspects to the job and lovely colleagues so it was sad to leave but I was excited to try my hand at arts PR.
Since April I’ve been working as a freelance arts publicist focusing on books and literary events. I’ve learned about how to promote literary events, pitch authors’ features and secure reviews. I’ve got my authors on Radio 4, in The Guardian Online, The i, Red Online and everything in between.
I’ve also studied short story writing at Goldsmith’s, three terms of life writing at Morley College and tried my hand at life drawing at the Thomas Calton Centre in Peckham moments from where I live. I’ve even adopted two kittens.
And I managed to interview the lovely Meg Rosoff in June about her love of south for Below the River and why she thinks Burgess Park is so great.
So if you need any help with publicity let me know on heloisewood (at)hotmail.com. If you want to be inundated with photos of adorable cats instead follow me @Saltounite.
To give you a taster: