Noo Saro-Wiwa

Noo Saro-Wiwa - Editor

London, UK

Award-winning author and editor with 16 years experience on various books and newspapers, including The Times, Lonely Planet and UCL Press.

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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.
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Political Science & Current Affairs
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
LGBTQ Fiction


  • Msc Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, NY
  • BA Geography, King's College London


  • Italy's Albatros Travel Literature Prize
  • Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year

Work experience

Copy editor

News International
December, 2014 – March, 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

Freelance copy editor

The Guardian newspaper (UK)
March, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

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

Freelance copy editor/proofreader

University of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
October, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

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

Temporary production manager/proofreader

Thomson Reuters
March, 2018 – September, 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.

Freelance proofreader and copy editor

UCL Press
January, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

Freelance proofreader and copy editor of academic journals and papers.

Freelance journalist

January, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

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.

Online sub-editor (maternity cover)

New Scientist magazine
April, 2012 – October, 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.

Copy editor/proofreader

NHS Choices website
May, 2008 – November, 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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Urban Claims and the Right to the City: Grassroots Perspectives from Salvador da Bahia and London

Walker, Julian, Walker, Julian, Carvalho, Marcos Bau, Diaconescu, Ilinca

Lonely Planet Africa on a Shoestring

Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond, Jean-Bernard Carillet

A Country of Refuge

Popescu, Lucy, Popescu, Lucy, Barry, Sebastian, Boyd, William, Kennedy, A.L., Kureshi, Hanif

An Unreliable Guide to London

Budden, Gary, Caless, Kit

Noo has 10 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Tammy Rabideau
My work with Noo was positive in every aspect. She responded timely, communicated and collaborated with me on my specific needs for my essay, and most importantly, did an excellent job with the developmental suggestions and edits on my piece.

Tammy Rabideau, February 2021

Gailann Alicia
Noo was profession and delivered good service. She was understanding of my sensitivity and offered really helpful tips on how to edit my manuscript. I would definitely request her assistance in future.

Gailann Alicia, February 2021

Leslie Cadet
I am so grateful to work with Noo for the second half of my project- proofreading and copyediting. Her changes made the manuscript read much nicer and I am so excited to self-publish my first book! I will definitely work with Noo again.

Leslie Cadet, February 2021

Ivan Leshinsky
I was totally pleased with the work that Noo provided for my memoir. I was specific in my request that she proofread my manuscript, not over-edit but keep to identifying and correcting typos, stylistic inconsistencies, grammatical, punctuation, numeration and spelling errors. I wanted her to make sure my voice inflection and verbal personality was not lost in the editing and Noo came through wi...
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Ivan Leshinsky, January 2021

Leslie Cadet
I am so happy that I found Noo for my project. Her recommendations were spot on, and she even provided some coaching, as I am a new writer. I look forward to working with her to finalize my book with copyediting and proofreading.

Leslie Cadet, December 2020

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