author, writer, editor, pr + comms consultant

mireille harper

About

I'm an Editorial Director at non-fiction publisher, Bluebird & One Boat (Pan Macmillan). I'm also a freelance writer, editor, sensitivity reader and PR/comms consultant (read more about my work below).I care about making our world a kinder, more compassionate and safe place for all. Whilst you're here, please look into these organisations that hold a place close to my heart. If you can, please donate, volunteer or get involved. Thanks for stopping by.

Editor

Over the past five years, I've worked in non-fiction Editorial across Trapeze, Octopus Books, Square Peg and Bluebird & One Boat, where I'm currently Editorial Director. I commission and edit books, as well as supporting and working closely with the team in the development and expansion of the list. I am keen to work on topical narrative non-fiction, books which drive conversations, inspire us to take action and make positive changes to our lives.Authors I've worked with - Rachel Cargle, Zeba Blay, Natalie and Naomi Evans, Vee Kativhu, Rukmini Iyer, Amy Thomson, Claire Eastham, Angelica Malin, Rachel Thompson, Dave Goulson, Stephen Moss, Chloe O. Davis, Mohsin Zaidi, Renee Kapuku and Courtney Daniella Boateng and Marisa G. Franco.I take on freelance editorial consultancy work, and recently finished working on Grant Brydon's Life Lessons from Hip-Hop, published by DK.

Author & Contributor

I've worked with Dorling Kindersley for the past three years as an author and contributor to their history books. I'm the author of Timelines from Black History and have contributed to Timelines of Everyone, The Black History Book and Migrations.I also contributed an essay entitled 'Why Passivity Will No Longer Do' to This Is How We Come Back Stronger, edited by the Feminist Book Society and published by And Other Stories (UK) & The Feminist Press (US). 20% of the price of each book sold goes direct to Women’s Aid and Imkaan.

Sensitivity Reader

I work with publishers and organisations by providing sensitivity reading services. This involves reading and assessing manuscripts and materials to ensure they are accurate and inoffensive, as well as guaranteeing that the material is solid in its authenticity and representation.Organisations and publishers I've worked with:
- Berkley
- Bloomsbury
- Bonnier
- Dorling Kindersley
- Hodder & Stoughton
- Ian Fleming Publications Limited
- Pan Macmillan Children's
- Quercus
- Wide Eyed Editions
- Tate Liverpool
- The Girls' Day School Trust (GDST)

Writer

I had humble beginnings when it came to my writing - sharing food recommendations (and the occasional piece on female empowerment) for The Tab and travel articles for student websites. At the age of twenty-two, I landed my first paid commission, and since, I've been fortunate to be able to write for some wonderful publications and organisations.Some of my proudest pieces include my guest editor piece for Bad Form's Caribbean issue, republished by PORT Magazine, an ode to Deptford for TOKEN Magazine, sharing a guide to non-optical allyship with British Vogue and raved about Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer and other brilliant Black actors, for Digital Spy.I've written for GUAP on why I've had enough of brands using race as a marketing tool and interviewed ASOS Fashion Discovery finalist Desree Akorahson about the inspiration behind her designs.I've also written for LAPP The Brand on the need for the hair and beauty industry to do more for Black consumers, delved into what we can do to challenge the deportation of British Caribbean people in the UK, challenged how the radio industry exploits Black culture, explored why we need for diversity and inclusion at literary festivals, celebrated the arrival of Stormzy's #MerkyBooks imprint, called out racism within Italy's fashion industry as well as pieces on the most defining Black TV shows and films, women in the grime scene, artistry, identity and womanhood in the creative industry, Black British women taking centre-stage and combatting gun and knife crime.I've celebrated Stormzy's rise in the literary world with A Nation of Billions, interviewed curatorial collective BBZ London for Nataal's second issue, shared some surprising Black history facts with TodayAs a book lover, I've talked about my favourite teen reads and shared my Christmas gift book of choice with Good Housekeeping and divulged on the best books for your beach bag with A Small World.I'm also just as obsessed with music as I am books, and have had the privilege of interviewing artists and creatives I deeply admire for Clash, Push & Wordplay such as Snoh Aalegra, Mahalia, D Double E, Pip Millett, Kara Marni 303, Ravyn Lenae, Louis VI, Cassie Rytz, Shay D and Bossy LDN. I've also penned reviews and recaps for festivals such as Primavera Sound, Field Day, Great Escape, Cross The Tracks, Strawberries and Creem & Soul Acoustic, as well as artists like Daniela Andrade, Maddee, James BKS and Chip.

Speaking Engagements & Brand Partnerships

I've worked with some of the following brands and organisations on social media partnerships as well as undertaking panels, speaking engagements, workshops, virtual talks and in-conversation events:- Sika'a
- Native
- Bluebella
- BookMachine
- ERIC Festival
- The 93% Club
- SYP Scotland
- Everyday Racism
- PLAN International
- Wandsworth Libraries
- Writing West Midlands
- Grazia x Women's Prize
- Duppy Share x Bad Form
- UoB's Ecce Homo Society
- The Royal Overseas League
- The University of Birmingham
- Birmingham Literature Festival
I've also been a guest judge for GUAP x Dope Reader's Club's Letter to a Womxn Prize and Penguin Random House UK's Lit in Colour Creative Student Prize.

PR & Comms Consultant

As a PR and communications consultant, I've worked on bespoke content plans and strategy, social media management and scheduling, newsletter and e-mail marketing and press campaigns with the following organisations:- Unherd
- Bad Form
- Girls Talk London
- BYP Network App
- Catalyst Collective
- Punch Records (Soul Acoustic & Bass Festival)

Want to find out a bit more?

I've shared a lot about my career, life experience + other bits (a fair bit of waffle) on podcasts. Feel free to listen in below:

Get in touch

If you're looking to get in touch, please contact me via email.Feel free to connect with me on social media below too.