Noo Saro-Wiwa

Noo Saro-Wiwa – Editor

Award-winning author and editor with 17 years experience on various books and newspapers, including The Times, Lonely Planet and UCL Press.


I’m an award-winning author, journalist and copy editor with versatile writing and editing skills.
My book, Looking For Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012), was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2012; The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, 2012; shortlisted for the Author’s Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award in 2013; named by The Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. In 2016 it was awarded Italy’s Albatros Travel Literature Prize.

I have contributed to four anthologies: An Unreliable Guide to London (Influx Press, 2016); A Country of Refuge (Unbound, 2016); La Felicita Degli Uomini Semplici (66th and 2nd, 2016); The New Daughters of Africa anthology (Myriad Editions, 2019).

In 2019 I became a Rockefeller Foundation Arts & Literary Fellow at the Bellagio Center in Italy.

As a journalist I write book reviews, travel, opinion and analysis articles for The Guardian newspaper (UK), The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, City AM, Prospect magazine and The New York Times, among others.

I also edit and proofread copy for The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, as well as academic papers and books for UCL Press.

As an editor I will breathe life into your prose, making it sharp, succinct and engaging, while removing all those repetitive rhythms and sentence constructions. And through my experience as an author I can advise you on how to structure your long-form narrative, be it fiction or non-fiction.
Biographies & Memoirs Political Science & Current Affairs Sociology Travel
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Fiction Romance
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • Italy's Albatros Travel Literature Prize
  • Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year
  • Msc Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, NY
  • BA Geography, King's College London

Work experience

News International

Dec, 2014 — Mar, 2020 (about 5 years)

The Sunday Times & The Times:

Edited, fact-checked and proofread digital and print news articles and features; wrote headlines and photo captions

The Guardian newspaper (UK)

Mar, 2020 — Present

Editing web articles, creating headlines and photo captions, fact-checking, proofreading; uploading photos; ensuring SEO

University of Neuchatel (Switzerland)

Oct, 2019 — Present

I edit and proofread academic research papers and dissertations for the Institute of Geography.

Thomson Reuters

Mar, 2018 — Sep, 2018 (6 months)

As the temporary production manager/proofreader for employment law, I edited and proofread employment law handbooks and the IDS Employment Law Brief, a twice-monthly journal that reports on new employment legislation.

UCL Press

Jan, 2018 — Present

Freelance proofreader and copy editor of academic journals and papers.


Jan, 2015 — Present

I write book reviews for The Times Literary Supplement. I also write travel, opinion and analysis articles for City AM, The Guardian, Prospect magazine, The Financial Times, The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

New Scientist magazine

Apr, 2012 — Oct, 2012 (6 months)

I copy edited and proofread articles, using the bespoke content management system to upload and format articles and images. I delivered content that was accurate, scientifically literate, libel-free, adhered to house style, and contained hyperlinks and multimedia content where appropriate.
In addition, I wrote accurate, attention-grabbing headlines and captions that promoted the stories while conforming to New Scientist's consumer-friendly style and SEO requirements.

NHS Choices website

May, 2008 — Nov, 2011 (over 3 years)

Edited the NHS website to produce accurate copy that conformed to house style and contained appropriate cross-links and relevant multimedia content, while meeting the standards for search engine optimisation.

Noo has 18 reviews





Aiesha M.

Aiesha M.

Jan, 2022

Noo Saro-Wiwa provided useful, constructive feedback the reflected the careful lens she used while analyzing my first novel. She talked about a range of additional elements I can included to improve the overall manuscript. I highly recommend Noo!!!!🥰
Shavest B.

Shavest B.

Sep, 2021

My experience with collaborating with Noo was great. She was professional, responded to all emails in a timely manner, provided useful feedback, and delivered the finished project on time. She has a very good eye for detail. I would highly recommend her and work with her again on future projects.
Tracie H.

Tracie H.

Sep, 2021

I feel fortunate to work with Noo. She proofread and copyedited my manuscript and synopsis, delivering the finished work before the deadline. She is truly an exceptional editor, professional, and a lovely person––I highly recommend her.
Michael B.

Michael B.

Aug, 2021

It was delightful to work with Noo. She turned my manuscript into a proper book I must say, without losing any or the originality and impact. I will happily work with Noo again and I highly recommend her.
Michael M.

Michael M.

Jul, 2021

Noo is truly an experienced editor. I'm really pleased with her work. I would highly recommend her services. Looking forward to working with her on my future projects.

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