Rushda Rafeek

Rushda Rafeek

Freelance JournalistColombo, Sri Lanka
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Rushda Rafeek

Rushda Rafeek

Freelance JournalistColombo, Sri Lanka
About me
I'm a prize-winning poet and a detail-oriented professional with 10 years of experience in writing and proven knowledge of advertising, digital communications, SEO, journalism, brand management and PR. Transitioning as a food writer with a penchant for gastronomic, cultural and travel stories alongside data-infused concepts, I'm happy to take on any exciting collaboration.
  • Zahir: Eclipse and Desire, ed. Christian Pattrachini, Zeno Press (UK), 2020
    Zahir: Eclipse and Desire, ed. Christian Pattrachini, Zeno Press (UK), 2020Zahir - Desire and Eclipse is a new collection of writings including essays, poems, experimental texts and short stories, this issue will be out in November 2020 and will feature works by both established and emerging artists and writers. The starting point for this new anthology is the short story by Jorge Luis Borges ‘The Zahir’ is an Arabic word that indicates a concept or object that obsesses man, to the point of making him lose touch with reality. The Zahir at first may appear insignifican
  • Poetry: Barzakh Magazine
    Poetry: Barzakh MagazineMy poem titled 'Taking the Road to Jerusalem' has appeared in the Spring 2020 Issue of Barzakh Magazine, USA. You can read the poem here:
  • Photo Essay: An Ode to Shimla
    Photo Essay: An Ode to ShimlaThis photo essay published by Cha Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong) chronicles my explorations of a little town located in North India's state of Himachal Pradesh. The photo essay can be found here:
  • Interview with Jewelry Designer: Chevonne De Soysa
    Interview with Jewelry Designer: Chevonne De SoysaIn this brief interview, Chevonne De Soysa, owner of Cher (Website: sheds light on her handcrafted jewelry collection using locally sourced materials and stones. Go here for the interview: Image credit: Chevonne De Soysa
  • Poetry: Zeno Press
    Poetry: Zeno PressOne of my poems titled 'Apotheosis - II' was published by Zeno Press, an independent press based in London, UK.
  • Food Writing
    Food WritingI independently researched and wrote this piece for Goya Media (India) based on the variety of food prepared during the festival of Eid in different parts of the world.
Work history
    Freelance JournalistSelf Employed
    Colombo, Sri LankaFreelance
    CopywriterHome of Performance
     - Dubai, United Arab EmiratesFull Time
  • Poetry
  • SEO
  • Press Releases
  • Proofreading
  • Client Proposals
  • Creative Strategy
  • Food Writing
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Print Communications
  • Online Communications
  • Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Storytelling
  • Data Insights
  • Scripts
  • Social Media Marketing
    10th Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry PrizeNâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival
    Winner of the Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Prize organised by the American-Turkish Association of North Carolina (USA)
    Wasafiri New Writing PrizeWasafiri Magazine
    Shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in Poetry, 2017 (UK)