Bwalya Newton is a Zambian-born, London-based writer, DJ and the founder of women’s basketball team, Hackney Gazelles. The basketball team has been running for 4 years and has now started expanding to Glasgow, South London and Paris. She has been featured in varied publications and platforms such as, ELLE Magazine and ASOS, for her contribution to grassroots sports. As a writer she has interviewed Kobe Bryant, Kendrick Lamar, and others for publications such as LAW, i-D, Brick Magazine and NIKE as well as curated and edited a zine championing the women of the Hackney Gazelles for Miami Art Basel. As a DJ, she co-hosted the night turned online show Gemini. She is a mainstay at artist Kareem Reid’s Body Party and regularly performs for Romance F.C., Mushpit, and Work It.Locked Pro Plan feature
Print publication contributing writer and sub editor for issues 6, 7, 8 and 9. Published feature articles include: Nigerian Lives Matter - an interview with Akinola Davis about the 2015 rally outside the Nigerian embassy. Testing Ground - A feature piece on women's contraception that became a comparative study on men's contraception formatted as a Facebook thread.
Online feature on Dazed digital about Moodyman's Soul Skate in collaboration with NTS & Carhartt Wip with an accompanying film.
Freelance writer for LNCC - uploading product description as well as becoming social media copywriter.
Press release copywriter for designer Sadie Williams' SS/16 collection.
Content editor for adidas and Stella McCartney's online zine, a platform created to complete the vision for the brands' adidasstellasport collection. My role also regularly includes creating pieces of original copy for the zine.
A hackathon in which myself and the team I was a part of were tasked to present a functional tech prototype and prepare in 5 days a viable business idea on how to reinvent money for the millennial generation.
Associate at Marc Jacobs Bookmarc. Personal Shopper securing large and lucrative client roster as well as styling high profile personalities. Assisting at large press events like book launches, coordinating and writing copy for London Bookmarc social media handles. Producing various written press releases and securing content on blogs as well as magazines like Time Out.
Assisting at London Fashion Week S/S 2013, liaising with the heads of publishing to coordinate launches and events as well as evaluating press feedback of the brand.
Working backstage throughout Lovebox festival as a brand consultant in a gifting tent. This entailed building relationships between various brands (Tia Maria and WAH Nails) and celebrities such as Kelis, Rita Ora and Chaka Khan.
Writer and sub editor of Sabotage Times website, content and social media handles.