I live in London and am best known for the embarrassing things I used to say when I was an activist who thought the Internet would change the world for the better. And for persuading Hugh Grant to join Twitter.
Student protests logically progressed to lobbying in UK and EU Parliament. Then my millennial ‘expertise’ took me to consulting with tech startups in Silicon Valley and London. And I finally settled in working with agencies, brands and charities.
And then I started to focus on telling my own stories.
Inspired by my work in politics and social media, and a court case that changed my life, I tell stories about women working through their darkness to make an impact on the world – always with humour, hope and heart. Write what you know, as they say.
I have various original pilots and projects at different stages of development – about subjects as varied as politics, astrology, trains, influencers, cults, protest cliques and beyond 🥀
I am enjoying meeting all of the production companies in London and the world right now. Get in touch to discuss, or contact my agent – Mark Brennan at United Agents.
My work has been nominated for the TV Foundation and Edinburgh TV Festival New Voice Awards for comedy, and offered a place in the Stowe Writers Lab. My scripts have also been shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom, Royal Court Introductory Writer’s Group, the Cannes Unlimited Residency and Comedy5050 / UKTV initiatives. I’ve also reached the semi-finals of Screencraft and the Austin TV Festival and second round of the the Austin Film Festival, and my work has received ongoing support from The Black List in their industry opportunities, as well as the British Film Commission.
My short film, SALAD DAYS, is shooting in November 2022 with an exciting cast and crew to be announced soon.
My short theatre works have been performed at Arcola Theatre scratch nights, and placed in literary journal Bartleby Snopes’ final dialogue only short story contest.
I also write book reviews, essays and interviews authors for The Book Slut and have been a script reader for the Austin Film Festival.
STRATEGIC AND CREATIVE CONSULTANCY
I still work with brands and agencies on a freelance basis, usually on building a strong personality and voice for social media, as well as long and short-form copywriting. Key clients have included Nike Foundation, Google, Baileys, Virgin Trains, Universal Pictures, Toshiba, EE, Canon, Pottermore, Lumos, Mastercard. Click here to find out more about my work.
Click on my links below to find out more about me. If you don’t want to click on any links and would rather just chat or see a portfolio, email me at jessica.m.riches (at) gmail (dot) com