About

steph Jo Higgs
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Who am I?
My name is Stephanie Phillips and I’m a London-based, NCTJ-trained arts & culture journalist and freelance copywriter.

Expertise
I specialise in music journalism but I also cover race, feminism, pop culture, technology, lifestyle, fashion, mental health, and politics. Have bylines in She Shreds, Noisey, Bandcamp, The Wire, i-D, Dazed, London in Stereo and more. You can view my full portfolio at Contently.

Author
I am currently working on a non-fiction book project focusing on Solange Knowles for the Why Music Matters series for University of Texas Press.

Content writer & copy writing
I take on copywriting work, online production shifts for national newspapers, and I create content for the trade sector. My work in this area is focused on the packaging and food industry, and has been featured in outlets such as Inside Drinks, Inside Food, ECigIntelligence, and Lombard.

Published essays
My writing is featured in three anthologies. I wrote an essay on Phil Spector’s mistreatment of women for Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them, edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies. I contributed several essays to Women Who Rock, edited by Evelyn McDonnell. My work is also featured in On Bodies, a collection on our relationships with our bodies.

Diversity and inclusion consultation
I took on a diversity editing project for Campaign Against The Arms Trade. My work involved checking through a selection of copy, analysing content, and ensuring the organisation was accurately representing the communities it covered.

Events organiser & curator
Part of DIY Diaspora Punx collective who organise the annual festival Decolonise Fest created by and for people of colour in the punk scene. Have experience curating events for other organisations and festival lineups.

Appearances and talks
Experience hosting panels, leading workshops, and taking part in talks on the music industry. I chaired a panel at Decolonise Fest 2018 on punks of colour who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s and chaired a panel on the legacy of Poly Styrene at 198 Gallery in June 2019.

Musician
I am the guitarist and singer in black feminist punk band Big Joanie.

Anything else?
Subscribe to my TinyLetter page for weekly updates, musings and rants. If you like my writing and would like to help me keep a roof over my head so I can keep doing what I do you can donate to my PayPal page.

stephphillips345@gmail.com