Hi I’m Jean!
I’m originally from Edinburgh but I moved to London in 2016 and have lived, studied, and worked here ever since. You might know me from my YouTube channel BookishThoughts where I review books, provide study tips, discuss sustainable living and much, much more.
At the moment I am conducting my PhD research in ancient history at The University of Roehampton, where I also teach undergraduate students. I have completed both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in classics at The University of Edinburgh. My specialties are Greek literature, Athenian law, Greek Mythology, and the history of women in Classical Greece.
In addition to this I produce the podcast That’s Ancient History, which is available on most major podcast apps. The podcast explores antiquity from its history to its place in today’s world. Episodes include interviews with authors Pat Barker, Madeline Miller, Natalie Haynes, and Alexandra Sheppard. Podcast available here.
I am currently available for freelance work; some of the services I offer are listed below.
To get in touch email me at email@example.com
I have chaired panels at literature festivals and independent events. Authors I have interviewed at live events include Christopher Paolini, Louise O’Neill, Imogen Hermes Gower, Nikita Gill, Kirsty Logan and Jen Campbell.
I offer talks and workshops on subjects including:
- Social media for authors and/or publishers
- YouTube for beginners and/or businesses
- Classical Mythology (all ages)
- Ancient History (all ages)
And I am available as a panellist, chair or speaker for events including but not limited not:
- Social Media
- Reviewing Literature
- Author interviews
I also have experience as a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University in their humanities department.
I am available to write online content for blogs and magazines on topics including literature and mythology. For some examples of my writing see the following:
- Challenge Your Reading for the Pan Macmillan Blog
- Guide to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the Pan Macmillan Blog
- Young Adult Fantasy for the Pan MacMillan Blog
- The Myth of Procne and Philomela for the Dangerous Women Project
- Myth Retellings in Children’s Literature for Our Mythical Childhood
- LGBTQ+ Fiction for my own blog
I am also currently involved in a volume of academic articles for Bloomsbury Publishing edited by Prof. Susan Decay and José Malheiro Magalhães, which will feature some of my own research in addition to that of various scholars working on antiquity.
I am one of the three judges for the 2020 Blue Peter Book Award, in collaboration with Book Trust.
In addition to my own YouTube videos I have presented political and literary video content on BBC Scotland’s The Social, including an informative series on how to vote.
Between September ’16 and January ’18 I was the Creative Producer at the UK-based publishing house Pan Macmillan and I was responsible for the literary video series Book Break, which you can watch at youtube.com/panmacmillanbooks
Social Media Management
As well as being a member of the digital team at Pan Macmillan between 2016 and 2017, in 2018 I was the social media assistant at The Pool (online women’s magazine). I have extensive experience running the following platforms:
If you would like to collaborate on the promotion of your brand, send me items for review or discuss a sponsorship on my Instagram or YouTube channel, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the past I have collaborated with brands including Audible, The Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Costa Book Awards, Skillshare, and The British Council, as well as various publishing houses and authors.
Let’s work together!