Sylvia Arthur is a writer whose essays, monologues, and narrative nonfiction explore themes of identity, diaspora, politics, and place.
After graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Westminster, Sylvia worked as a runner for Sky News before becoming a reporter at News Africa magazine. She freelanced for The Guardian, the BBC, and The British Journalism Review and worked as a senior researcher/assistant producer for the BBC, ITV, and Sky.
Between 2007 and 2010, she was International Life.Culture Editor at Clutch magazine. She’s interviewed global music stars including Erykah Badu, Solange Knowles, Eric Benet and Brian McKnight as well as acclaimed academics and cultural commentators, among them Cornel West, John McWhorter, Cora Daniels, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Jeff Johnson. She was also a contributor to Pride, Britain’s premier lifestyle magazine for women of colour, where she wrote hard-hitting investigative features from an internationalist perspective including an investigation into the murders of 31 women in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and another on the prevalence of the physically and psychologically damaging skin bleaching phenomenon. Her piece on institutional racism in the British media was published in the prestigious journal, The British Journalism Review.
In 2010, she relocated from London to Brussels for a job with a communications agency, working as a consultant to the European Commission on communicating the benefits of free movement to Europeans. In this role, she travelled the continent extensively, meeting Europeans from all walks of life with compelling stories to tell and she began writing her first narrative nonfiction book, Fragile Continent: Two Lost Years in Europe.
She holds a BA in Philosophy from University College, London, and an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from City University, London.