Rochelle Roberts

Rochelle Roberts

Writer and EditorLondon, United Kingdom
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Rochelle Roberts

Rochelle Roberts

Writer and EditorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a writer and editor based in London. I'm interested in writing about visual art, particularly by contemporary artists as well as artists associated with surrealism and modernism. I often write personal essays about illness and loss. By day, I work as Editor for the arts publisher Prestel. I have an MA in Publishing and Creative Writing from City, University of London, and have been mentored by the poet and critic Rebecca Tamás, as well as completing a poetry course at Faber Academy.
  • Pooling
    PoolingPooling is a zine of poems, short fiction, non-fiction and images. It meditates on themes of loss, mourning and illness. Pooling was risograph printed by Tender Hands Press in an edition of 50. It was published as part of their free print initiative for BIPOC creatives in autumn 2020. The zine was stocked at Good Press, Venom Zine Library and soon from Bindweed Books. Physical copies of Pooling are currently sold out, but can be read online here:
  • Living Artists, Issue I: Religion & Spirituality
    Living Artists, Issue I: Religion & SpiritualityReligion and the spiritual have existed in the lives of human beings for millennia. Often weaved into society and how we live, they have formed inspiration for various activities in the arts, including music, dance, literature and visual art. Contemporary views of religion and spirituality often aim to differentiate between religion as an institutional structure and spirituality as a personal exploration of the self. For some, these two things are intrinsically connected but for others, they are
  • Living Artists, Issue II: Performance
    Living Artists, Issue II: Performance
  • The Modernist Review: Modernism in the Contemporary
    The Modernist Review: Modernism in the ContemporaryThis special issue of The Modernist Review aims to bring together approaches to modernism that relate to contemporary times. Much in the way that life as we know it has changed since the spread of Coronavirus, modernism grew out of a time of great change in the early part of the 20th-century. Urmila Seshagiri suggests that contemporary fiction is interested in modernism’s defamiliarizing act and the rewriting of “public and private discourses through the violent, surprising, or thrilling erasure
  • Gathering Zine
    Gathering ZineGathering Zine is a collaborative publication exploring notions of the body. The zine has at its heart collaboration and inclusivity and readers are encouraged to contribute artworks responding to this theme that speak to their own experiences. By working in collaboration with the public, sharing different mediums and approaches, Gathering Zine functions as a body of knowledge, inspiring participation and empathy between differing perspectives. Gathering Zine was created and published as part o
  • June 20 Rochelle Roberts
    June 20 Rochelle RobertsAs a child, I spent endless hours shut up in my room, thinking about the world as through the lens of someone who didn’t belong. I wondered why I felt so alienated, the itch of fear in my stomach. It was only when I became an adult, moved cities, had my own children, did I realised why I had felt so isolated. Things are different for people like me because so many people are born with the knowledge of who they are, they can’t imagine what it’s like to live inside a body that does not belong to t
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Projects credited in
  • Two Poems in Living Artists
    Two Poems in Living ArtistsTwo of my poems: "a consummation on mount mitake" and "on Halloween i see the devil" were included in the inaugural issue of the "Living Artsits" zine. Have a look. Full of great content and focused on artists and creatives working now.
  • Cindy Sherman by Rochelle Roberts
    Cindy Sherman by Rochelle RobertsRochelle Roberts is the guest writer for "Is that Art? Friday" week 5! The post is about Cindy Sherman's artistic practice.
Work history
    EditorPrestel Publishing
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    WriterMy self freelance
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    I have been commissioned to write for a number of publications, including Cusp: Feminist Writings on Bodies, Myth & Magic (published by Ache), Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Radical Possibilities: Art and Queer Identity (published by Common Threads Press) and Art of Choice.
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  • Editorial
  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Adobe Indesign/illustrator/photoshop
  • Writing
  • Illustration
  • Organised
  • Collaboration
  • Creative
  • Creative Writing
  • Art
  • Art Writing
    MA Creative Writing and Publishing City University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
    • Have learnt about publishing contracts, costings and digital publishing. • Developing group work skills. • Have done group presentations for Richard Charkin of Bloomsbury Publishing and Nicola Barr from Greene and Heaton Literary Agency. • Helped create a children’s book and an adult colouring book. • Developed a prototype of an app. • Am a student representative, listening to the concerns from my fellow students and relaying them to staff, improving listening and communication skills.
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    BA English Language Linguistics and Creative WritingUniversity of Westminster
     - London, United Kingdom
    • Modules taken include: How English Works, Literary Linguistics, Writing the Self and Novels and Novellas. • Dissertation subject was on punctuation and how this can affect the reading and understanding of poems by E. E. Cummings. • Received a scholarship award in both first year and second year for academic excellence. • Conducted a study for a language and gender module including recording participants in conversation and drawing conclusions based on a particular area of study.