About

I’m a communications practitioner and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand).

I recently completed a 6-month contract as Communications Manager at Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki/Auckland Arts Festival, and am currently in post as Communications and PR Manager at Melodics, an Aotearoa-based music software start-up. I’m also a freelance publicist with music and special projects agency Great Things.

I have worked in the UK as a Communications Manager with The Open University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio, and in various communications-related roles at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute, and The University of Sheffield’s Institute for International Development.

I launched and ran Impolitikal, an online zine with a social, political focus between 2014 and 2018, and was commissioned to co-edit Don’t dream it’s over: Reimagining journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (Freerange Press, 2016).

In a past life I worked as a US-based music and entertainment journalist and content creator, interviewing celebrities like Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, and Yoko Ono. I also wrote about travel, lifestyle, and coffee, and created encouraging content as an editor for a website for teenage girls.

I have a Master of Science in Poverty and Development from The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute.

For further detail of my work experience, please see my CV. Keep an eye on Updates for news about my current projects. For information about availability and rates, please email sarah@sarahillingworth.com.