by Sophie

Hello, and welcome
—I'm so glad you're here!

I grew up in the fairytale city of Oxford, England, and I’ve been a writer and lover of words ever since I could first scribble; one of my earliest memories is of sitting under my mother’s desk, filling notebook after notebook with squiggles in an effort to copy what she was doing. I used to borrow her Dictaphone and wander around the house recording a running commentary on everything I saw, interviewing my sisters, their friends, the pet guinea pig—anyone I could persuade to stay still for long enough.

I vividly remember the moment that I first realised I could read; the moment that the words on a page swam into meaning before my eyes, and the accompanying joy of the realisation that whole new worlds had been suddenly opened up to me. As a child, I was constantly living in fantastical imaginary places, writing stories and poems and inventing languages.

To me, story-telling of every kind is one of the most fascinating, enjoyable, and important things in the world. When we read or write someone’s story, we get to step outside of ourselves for a moment and see the world through someone else’s eyes. We are called to imagine and empathise, and our hearts and minds are expanded in the process. In our increasingly divided world, we need to learn to listen to—and meaningfully engage with—each other more urgently than ever.

As I leave my twenties behind me and look forward to the next decade of my life, I've realised that my priority is to tell stories that matter—whether that's by helping further the work of others through copywriting and consultancy, or my own work in freelance journalism, creative writing, and fiction. For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of seeing the magical little words, "by Sophie", on the cover of a book, and I hope I can make this dream a reality in the coming years.

After a blissful three years studying English Literature at Durham University, I got my Masters in Magazine Journalism at City University in London, before going on to figure out how to build myself a career doing what I love.

Having written my Masters dissertation on ethical fashion, I pursued my passion for this field further as a section editor for the Ethical Fashion Forum’s online magazine, Source, in 2011. Following multiple internships both in the magazine industry as well as the charity sector, I worked for a while in marketing and copywriting for a charity consultancy. In 2014 I joined the team at Verily magazine, first working on headlines and growth, and then eventually moving on to work as their Special Projects Manager.

Over the years I have contributed work to a variety of different publications, both in print and online. I enjoy writing about a whole range of things: style, interior design, food, travel, art, music, culture, people, social justice and sustainability. I believe that anything and everything that makes life worth living—beauty, community, culture—is worth our time and attention.

I try to draw attention to the positive, not because I don’t see the negative or believe it needs calling out from time to time, but because I think optimism and hope are usually more empowering than the cynicism. This is a daily choice I fight to make, in spite of (rather than due to a lack of) daily struggles and stresses. I believe that being open-hearted and emotionally honest requires far more strength and courage than looking like you have it all together.

I am interested in people and projects that are fighting to make the world a better, fairer, kinder, happier place for everyone. I believe in the importance of empathy and engaging with other perspectives; you’ll always find me arguing against the dehumanisation of our fellow human beings (even the ones I passionately disagree with), because when we start to see others as monsters, we lose a little of our own humanity.

I made the leap to freelance life in 2017, and I'm currently living and working with my husband and two daughters in Norwich, England. In between my paid work and escapades with my little ones, I am also trying to make some time to dedicate to my passion project, A Better Place Journal (which I'm hoping I'll be able to update and improve over the course of 2019-2020), as well as working on various creative non fiction essays, short stories, poetry, and a tantalising idea for a novel.

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