Sarah Jilani

Freelance Writer & Editor

  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsWriter - Journalist - Strategist


About me

A London-based, Istanbul-born dual British-Turkish citizen and an MA graduate of contemporary literature from the universities of York (BA Hons, 2012) and Oxford (MSt, 2013), I am a bilingual Arts journalist freelancing for digital and print publications in both the UK and Turkey, including Art Review, Istanbul Art News, AnOther Magazine and The Economist. With versatile experience that spans writing and researching editorial; digital and social media strategy; proofreading and translating, I have particular strengths within art criticism, film reviews, interviews and multimedia content. I am also experienced in commissioning articles; sourcing images; and organizing both myself and my contacts so as to meet a variety of concurrent deadlines. Open to in-house and distance freelance writing and editing opportunities.


  • Visual Arts
  • Editing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Features
  • Proofreading
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Content Writer
  • Art Critic
  • Arts Journalism
  • Culture Writing
  • Translation Editing
  • Social Media Digital Strategies
  • Pitching Stories
  • Film Critic

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    Grey London

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Work history


Freelance Arts & Culture Writer

Art Review, The Economist, Aesthetica Magazine, Apollo Magazine, Istanbul Art News, Senses of Cinema, This Is Tomorrow, Another Magazine, Little White Lies

Aug 2013
  • Web and print articles, interviews and features for: Aesthetica Magazine, ArtReview, The Economist Books and Arts, AnOther Magazine, Little White Lies, Suitcase Mag, ElectricLit, House Seven (Soho House), This Is Tomorrow, Africa In Words, Istanbul Art News, Apollo Magazine, XOXO The Mag, The Sybarite.


Junior Strategist

Possible Worldwide Ltd

Nov 2014 - Nov 2015


Strategic Planning Intern

Grey London

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014


Independent Researcher, Panel Chair and Presenter

Academic Researcher

Aug 2013 - Mar 2015
  • Academic writing published in peer-reviewed journals Senses of Cinema (Issue 68, 2013), Life Writing (Vol 11, 2014), Postgraduate English (No 29, 2014) and Literature/Film Quarterly (43:2, 2015). ?- Panel chair and participant, African Literature Association Conference 2015 (University of Bayreuth, Germany) - Participant, Postcolonial Studies Association Convention 2015 (University of Leicester, UK)


Production Designer

Oxford University Film Foundation

Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
  • Production Designer and 1st AD on OUFF Student Shorts 2013


Editorial Intern

Oberon Books

Aug 2012 - Sep 2012


Freelance Artist & Graphic Designer

University of York Drama Society, Fusion, Global Forum for Indian Leadership, Independent Solo and Group Exhibited Artist

Jan 2012 - Mar 2015


Arts Editor


Nov 2010 - Nov 2011



Master of Studies in English 1900-present

The University of Oxford

Sep 2012 - May 2013


    BA(Hons) English and Related Literature

    The University of York

    Sep 2009 - Jun 2012