About

Hannah James

Hi! I’m a freelance journalist, writer and editor, as well as the features director at ELLE Australia magazine.

Over the past 18 years, I’ve written for many publications (see below for a list) specialising in science, nature, travel, women’s lifestyle, books and culture. I love interviewing people and have written many real-life and celebrity profiles.

Career highlights: speaking to Björk for more than an hour about everything under the sun; interrupting Ewan McGregor for a chat while he was fixing up one of his motorbikes; diving off a boat into turquoise Mediterranean waters on a Greek island press trip; and bush-bashing through one of Australia’s national parks with an Indigenous ranger looking for art sites.

Some of my copywriting clients are listed below – I specialise in science and nature organisations, as well as universities.

I also speak at and host events, as well as conducting on-stage interviews at events. I’ve been a frequent radio guest over the years, speaking about my stories.

Check out my newsletter about connecting with nature – plenty of nature book reviews and other good nature stuff.

Clients

Magazines, newspapers and websites:

  • Australian Geographic
  • ELLE Australia
  • Escape
  • Harper’s BAZAAR
  • Marie-Claire
  • Grazia (both UK and Australian editions)
  • Who
  • Nine News
  • Sunday Style (and its later incarnation, Stellar)

Organisations:

  • The Wilderness Society
  • Guardian Labs (sponsored content vertical)
  • University of Sydney
  • Royal Institution of Australia (national scientific not-for-profit)
  • STEM Matters (STEM communications agency)
  • Parachute Digital (digital marketing agency for not-for-profits)

Professional Writing and Editing Experience

  • Magazine articles covering women’s lifestyle; books and culture; travel; science and nature
  • Advertorials
  • Native content
  • Website copy for businesses
  • Blog posts for businesses
  • Marketing material for businesses

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Classics & English, Oxford University (Trinity College)
  • Magazine Journalism Certificate, National Council for the Training of Journalists
  • Unlocking Creativity course, The Writers’ Studio
  • First Draft Novel and Script course, The Writers’ Studio
  • Feature Writing course, University of California Berkeley

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