Hello...I'm Liz and I'm a freelance arts writer, copywriter and editor based in Manchester. I write about music, film, television and books for a number of publications including The Evening Standard, NME, EMPIRE, The Guardian, The Telegraph, GQ, The Independent, The i, The Quietus, Record Collector, Uncut, MixMag, Time Out, Crack and more.
I am an experienced news, critic and features writer and I have interviewed a range of people from across the arts in music, film and television. Some of the people I've spoken to include...Andrew Garfield, Helen Mirren, Ana De Armas, Yoko Ono, KSI, Sampa the Great, Sopé Dìrísù, Christine and the Queens, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nova Twins, Self Esteem, Brian Cox, Stanley Donwood, Jennifer Hudson, Sons of Kemet, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Constance Wu, Mick Rock, Graham Coxon, Jenna Coleman, David Puttnam, Mads Mikkelson, Storm Reid, Hayley Squires, Shirley Manson, Charlie Heaton, Sleaford Mods, Lykke Li, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Rebecca Fergusson, Moses Sumney, Glass Animals, Kae Tempest, Nicky Wire, Jen Cloher, Steve Aoki, Nadine Shah, Giles Martin, The National, Bree Runway, Gregory Porter, Kele Okereke, Maxine Peake, Courtney Barnett, Lisa Joy, Michael Giacchino, Nicholas Winding Refn, James Lavelle, Greta Gerwig, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Yann Tiersen and many more.
As a news writer for places like NME and The Independent, I am experienced in writing detailed and timely news stories with speed and accuracy. I am also proficient in creating headlines, writing effective SEO and using a range of content management systems.
As a copywriter, I have written bios and tour guides for a number of artists including James, Agnes Obel, Josienne Clarke, DMAs, Banners, Bear's Den, Victoria Canal, Tempesst, Bree Runway and Whyte Horses - amongst many others. I have written copy for clients including Everyman cinema, The Royal Albert Hall, Build Hollywood, RCA Music, Universal, Apple Music and Spotify and can provide examples of work on request. I am also an experienced sub-editor and I'm currently helping to edit new film magazine, 'A Rabbit's Foot', from Charles Finch and partners.
In addition to arts writing, I also write about gender, social policy and education for The Guardian, EdCentral, TES and The Education Support Partnership.
I have a first class BA (Hons) degree in English Language, Literature and Linguistics from The University of Manchester together with an MA in language, gender and cultural studies. I hold a PGCE and an NCTJ Diploma with Gold Standard in Multimedia Journalism.
I regularly teach and lecture students in music journalism and I'm often invited to speak to students about working in the industry. I also help to facilitate music panels and interviews at conferences and key industry events. I am also a lecturer in multimedia journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In 2021, I was shortlisted for the Freelance Writer of the Year award.
Contact me if you would like a writer, copywriter or sub-editor using the link on my contacts page.