I’m a journalist and author specialising in culture, gender, the arts and literature. I’ve contributed to The Guardian, The New York Times, Interview Magazine, Elle, The Lenny Letter, A-Muse, Little White Lies, Broadly., VICE, i-D, AnOther Magazine, Riposte, Mr Porter, Wallpaper* Magazine, the Aïshti Foundation’s magazine A, Forbes.com, Al Jazeera and others.

I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly culture publication SLEEK Magazine and have held senior editing positions at NBCNews.com and Elephant Magazine. 

My book Play With Me: Dolls – Women – Art is out now with Laurence King Publishing.

I’m a trustee of nia, an independent charity providing services for women and girls suffering or at risk of male violence. To donate to the charity or find out more please click here.

For all inquiries and publicity requests related to Play With Me: Dolls – Women – Art please contact Fiona Livesey at Laurence King Publishing – fiona.livesey@laurenceking.com

For commissions and all other inquiries, email me directly – graceelenabanks@gmail.com

Farfetch Curates and Assouline

I contribute to the Farfetch Curates series published by Assouline.

Recently I contributed the essay Women and Post-Internet Art to Farfetch Curates Art and a profile of Lucy McRae to Farfetch Curates innovators. 

My Account: Inside Zaatari by Mother London

Co-edited the book My Account: Inside Zaatari published by Save the Children and Mother London


Working with illustrators I create and write illustrated editorial stories.

Illustrations by Damien Cuypers and Daisy de Villeneuve.