Mireille Harper

Mireille Harper

Commissioning Editor | Writer, Sensitivity Reader + PRLondon, United Kingdom
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Mireille Harper

Mireille Harper

Commissioning Editor | Writer, Sensitivity Reader + PRLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I spent most of my childhood lost in the wonderful worlds of the many books I avidly read. Now, having worked my way up in the publishing industry, I am now an editor at Square Peg, an imprint with VINTAGE (Penguin Random House UK), where we pride ourselves on publishing brilliant non-fiction reads with a creative twist. When I'm not sharing beautiful books with the world, I'm usually writing myself. I've been fortunate enough to write about everything from music, art and culture to travel and lifestyle for the likes of GUAP, Nataal, TOKEN, LAPP The Brand, Good Housekeeping, British Vogue, Digital Spy and more. I'm also the author of DK's Timelines of Black History, and a contributor to DK's Timelines of Everyone. I'm passionate about inclusion, representation, equality and diversity, and eager to bring these into my industry. I'm a sensitivity reader for both internal D&I guidelines and written works, having worked with DK and Bloomsbury. In this same vein, I'm all about getting individuals and organisations the recognition they deserve. As a PR and communications consultant, I've worked with the likes of Punch Records, BYP Network, Catalyst Collective, ShoutOut Network and Simmer Down on press campaigns. My website coming soon (please do bear with), but in the meantime, check out my portfolio here or connect with me below: Instagram | @mireillecharper Twitter | @mireillecharper
Projects
  • Bad Form Issue 7: Caribbean Literature
    Bad Form Issue 7: Caribbean LiteratureI worked with Bad Form as the guest editor on their seventh print issue, Caribbean Literature in collaboration with The Duppy Share. A celebration of the Caribbean and all its greatness, this issue boasts nineteen stellar writers who each share their stories, essays, reviews and poetry. From opinion pieces on Jamaican patois and revelations on queer and non-binary defiance in contemporary Caribbean poetry to literary essays on West Indian revolutionaries and narrative poetry that bring folktale
  • Dope Readers Club x GUAP Letter To A Womxn Competition | Guest Judge
    Dope Readers Club x GUAP Letter To A Womxn Competition | Guest JudgeI was invited by Dope Readers Club to be a guest judge for their Letter to a Womxn Competition in collaboration with GUAP. I helped to select the shortlist and winner, and donated books to the winning submission.
  • Twice As Hard | DK Event Host
    Twice As Hard | DK Event HostI hosted an internal event for PRH employees with Raphael and Opeyemi Sofoluke, the authors of Twice As Hard, published by DK. We discussed the book’s themes, the creative process, and more with an audience Q&A. Twice As Hard is an inspirational and practical business book that explores Black identity in the workplace. In addition to sharing their own experiences, the Sofolukes interviewed 40+ entrepreneurs, creatives, and business people for the book, including Mathew Knowles (Record Producer
  • Writer, Agent and Author Panel | Teen Writers Conference
    Writer, Agent and Author Panel | Teen Writers ConferenceIn March 2021, I joined Liz Hyder, award-winning author of Bearmouth and Silé Edwards (agent at Mushens Entertainment) to discuss how editors, agents and writers work together to produce a book, as part of the Teen Writers Conference, headed up by Spark Young Writers.
  • TODAY Magazine: 11 surprising Black history facts to teach your kids
    TODAY Magazine: 11 surprising Black history facts to teach your kidsFor TODAY show's online magazine, I shared 11 surprising Black history facts to teach kids from my book, Timelines from Black History.
  • Author & Contributor | Timelines from Black History & Timelines of Everyone
    Author & Contributor | Timelines from Black History & Timelines of EveryoneI am a contributor to DK's Timelines of Everyone and the author of Timelines from Black History, both of which were published in October 2020. Timelines from Black History has been featured in the i's 'Best children’s books for Christmas 2020' and CultureFly's' 'Best Non-Fiction to Give as Presents This Christmas'. Also featured in Bustle, Sade Magazine, Sunday Times, Teen Librarian, Fun Kids Radio, Scottish Book Trust, Lancashire Post and WH Smith blog.
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Projects credited in
  • Too Many Man: Women of Grime (V2)
    Too Many Man: Women of Grime (V2)Too Many Man: Women of Grime documents women involved in the UK grime scene, showcasing those behind the scenes and behind the mic. Since the beginning, grime has been a hugely male dominated scene, with women often being much less visible than their male counterparts. Too Many Man seeks to ask why and gives the women of grime a platform to share their thoughts and experiences. First published in 2019 as a limited run of 100 copies, this second edition includes new features, as well as portraits
  • u n k n o w n
    u n k n o w nPhotography works on young women of colour and mental health. These photography shots convey the unknown and unfamiliar feeling that come with anxiety and mental and emotional struggle. The feeling of being on edge and bewildered in thoughts, the cause and cure for mental health is yet an unknown and unfamiliar topic to discuss. It is an issue we try to acknowledge yet we feel we need to put our guard up and reject these negative feelings that are desperate to spill and display itself. I have e
  • Cassie Rytz for Wordplay magazine, Oct'19
    Cassie Rytz for Wordplay magazine, Oct'19STYLING for Grime artist Cassie Rytz, as part of a shoot and interview for hip-hop magazine, Wordplay
  • The Collective
    The CollectiveSome prints of my recent photography on Mental Health and Young Women of Colour.
  • U M B R A
    U M B R A"Covered and trapped in this madness that surrounds me. Unveil my mind so that I can see and pass through the darkness to find the light of life". Rachel Malli-2019
  • Y  W  O  C
    Y W O CExploring ways to convey thoughts and feelings through facial expressions and stance. Photography based on Mental Health particularly in Young Women of Colour.
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Work history
    Penguin Random House UK logo
    Penguin Random House UK logo
    EditorPenguin Random House UK
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    I am now Editor at the VINTAGE imprint, Square Peg, where we publish non-fiction books with a creative twist. I joined Square Peg and Vintage in November 2019, working with new and existing authors including Amy Thomson, Andrew Gimson, Laura Dockrill and Rukmini Iyer. I have since acquired books including Stephen Moss’ The Swan and Rachel Thompson’s Rough, and I will be developing the list and strategy.
    Octopus Books logo
    Octopus Books logo
    Editorial AssistantOctopus Books
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Following the Fresh Chapters traineeship at Hachette UK (working for six months at Trapeze Books, and another six in Hodder Education), and another week of working at Headline within Hachette UK, I was taken on as an Editorial Assistant at Octopus Books, which publishes illustrated non-fiction books.
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Skills
  • Copywriting
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Marketing
  • Social Media Management
  • Editorial
  • Communications
  • Content Translation
  • Feature Writing
  • Blog Writing
  • PR
Education
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    2:1 Modern Languages BA (French, Spanish and Italian)University of Birmingham
     - Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Activities and Societies: Italian Student Representative at The University of Birmingham (1st and 4th year) | Oxfam Society Member | BUDS (Dance) Society Member | Guest Speaker at 'Get into Publishing'​ event at The University of Birmingham in 2017 and 2018 1st Year: 2:1 (60) | 2nd Year: 2:1 (64) 3rd Year: 2:1 (68.5) Université de Toulouse: Jean-Jaurès (Semester 1 of Year Abroad): 73 Università degli studi di Padova (Semester 2 of Year Abroad): 64 Universidad de Alcalá (Grammar-intensive vacation course): Passed B1.2 course 4th Year: 2:1 Dissertation Module (Redefining the western through hostility: A comparative study of Sergio Leone’s Trilogia del dollaro (1964-1966) and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) (72)
Awards
    The Dots logo
    The Dots logo
    The Dots 100 Rising StarsThe Dots
    I was named in The Dots' annual list celebrating and shining a spotlight on 100 rising stars – as nominated by The Dots community – who are transforming the industry of today, inspiring the generation of tomorrow and making history.
    Hachette logo
    Hachette logo
    Harry Barker AwardHachette
    The Harry Barker Award is given in honour of Harry Barker, who worked at Hachette Children's and was himself the winner of a staff award in 2013. Harry died suddenly and unexpectedly and in 2014, and this award is given each year in his memory.