Catherine McGovern


  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom



  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Editing
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Reading
  • Analysis

Work history




Nov 2015 - May 2016
  • Worked in the book department of the Oxford Street branch of Selfridges as a bookseller. The role involved many aspects, largely managing stock, advising and assisting customers and arranging attractive displays. It required a familiarity with the fiction and non-fiction charts, as well as the most popular children's authors. I was assigned the children's and classics sections, according to my areas of interest and expertise.


FOH Staff

The Canonbury Tavern

Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Worked mainly behind the bar and in the restaurant. The job involved long hours, often on double shifts. It also required quick thinking and precision, as well as a confident and friendly demeanour.


Temporary Editorial Assistant

Pavilion Books

Jan 2015 - Apr 2015
  • I was brought in on a short term basis to assist Editorial Director Fiona Holman on her project (Oz Clarke's latest book on wine). The role largely involved research tasks, contacting wineries and writers, locating images, references, editorial work (a great deal of proofreading, as well as some design work). Used platforms such as Quark, Photoshop and Excel in assembling the final copy.


Production Intern

Arcola Theatre

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
  • I was responsible for assisting Leyla Nazli, the executive producer at Arcola Theatre. This consisted of researching various productions, contacting casting agents and actors, composing invoices and drafting contracts, reading and recommending scripts, managing accounts, taking calls and responding to emails, managing press invitations and general administrative duties. The role vastly increased my competence and confidence in Excel and PowerPoint.


Freelance Writer

Outfit Magazine

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
  • Whilst completing my degree I wrote several (unpaid) book reviews for a local, award-winning digital magazine 'Outfit'.


Factory Worker

Rowe’s Pasty Factory, Falmouth

May 2013 - Jul 2013
  • Responsible largely for cleaning the factory during and after production lines, but also on occasion working with the food. the cleaning entailed long hours with the workload split between only two of us, so a lot of independence and motivation was needed. However, the job also necessitated teamwork, as communication is vital when working in a potentially dangerous environment.



Projects Abroad

May 2010 - Jul 2010
  • In 2010 (the summer after my AS-Levels) I volunteered to travel to Romania and work as a journalist for a charity magazine sponsored by Projects Abroad. Whilst there I also taught English in several schools and visited orphanage in order to further increase awareness of poverty in Romania through my articles.



Oxfam Books

Jan 2009 - Jun 2009
  • As part of my Duke of Edinburgh award I volunteered for a period in an Oxfam book shop. This taught me early on invaluable lessons of patience, customer service and working in tandem with others.



BA English Literature

University of Exeter

Aug 2011 - May 2014



    The King’s School, Canterbury

    Aug 2009 - Jun 2011



      Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition

      • Won the award at school when 11 years-old and was shortlisted again at 15.