Our Staff

Our Staff

Meet our team!


Editor-in-Chief: Rachael Murray

Hi! I’m a third year English and Classical Studies student from sunny Scotland and, since my schedule didn’t seem quite hectic enough, I created the SAJES. In an inability to stick to my own brief, I denounce any attempt to make me choose between ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and Austen’s works as an act of cruelty requiring hours of indulgence in my other favourite pastime – photography – for a full recovery.

I hope you’ll enjoy the SAJES and perhaps even contribute yourself!


Editor: Amy Cooper

Hello! I’m a fourth year English and Latin Joint Honours student from Shropshire. My favourite poets are Norman MacCaig and TS Eliot, and my favourite book is ‘Meggie’s journey’ by Margaret D’Ambrosio. Outside academic work, I love baking, hiking and craftwork.

I’m very excited to be part of the team during the inaugural year of the journal, and can’t wait to see where it takes us!

Deputy Editor: Alice Hobbs

I am Alice, a third year English and History student from just outside London (aka a field in the middle of nowhere). Like most of this team, I’m sure, I love reading. Some of my favourite books include Dodie Smith’s ‘I Capture the Castle’, Murakami’s ‘Norwegian Wood’, the poetry anthologies ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘Being Alive’ edited by Neil Astley, which I think everyone needs to read. Also, any YA dystopian-esque trilogy will always have a place in my heart. When not editing for this journal, you will often find me on East Sands crying over the array of adorable dogs, and trying to persuade friends to come swimming with me (it’s only the North Sea in November?!).

Proof-reader: Megan Auld

I am Megan, a fourth year English Literature student from Glasgow. I have a great love for reading, laughing, rifle shooting and travelling – an odd mix, I know. When asked what I wanted to be when I grow up (which I fully intend never to do), I replied ‘happy’. Not sure how to get there yet, but if I had to choose, travel writing like Michael Palin seems a good option. My favourite author is currently Terry Pratchett though I could never commit to a favourite book. After I graduate, I hope to continue my studies and stay out of the real world for just a little bit longer.

Proof-reader: Callum Irvine

Hey! I’m Callum, and I’m a second-year Literature student from Derbyshire. I’m often found cramming in the library, going through journal submissions with the SAJES team, or hosting games and movie nights to put off getting around to writing and working. In the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to publish a collection of poems (‘And then, you’, 2016), and to work alongside Musical Director Matthew Gibson to produce works and commissions for various college choirs of the University of Oxford, as well as some musical theatre.


Editor: Blánaid Barr

My name is Blánaid Barr and I’m a third year English Literature student from Ireland. I love Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel. My favourite book is ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan.

Deputy Editor: Lewis Walsh

Hi! My name is Lewis, and I will be joining the journal as the Deputy Editor of Reviews. I am currently a third-year student studying English. Though literature is my passion, I also adore theatre, and I hope that my position will allow me to be exposed to as great a variety as possible!

Proofreader: Bianca Ritter

I’m Bianca, a second year English student from Austin, Texas. I’m a proof-reader for the SAJES’ aptly named ‘Review Crew’ and very excited to be involved with this publication. As an English student, I should probably claim to be an adorer of Milton or Chaucer, but I much prefer classic novels and absolutely anything by Lewis Carroll. Despite my sneaking suspicion that I was given this position primarily because I promised to bake cookies for the meetings, I look forward to working on the upcoming editions of the SAJES!

Proofreader: Tennyson Flint

I am an undergraduate third-year student, from the United States, studying English and Comparative Literature in a joint degree. My favourite books are ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Dostoyevsky, ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Bulgakov and Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. I love reading and writing, and when I am not proofreading or studying, I am usually working on my own novels or practicing piano.