Hi. I’m Sophie.
I'm a writer, bestselling author and a University Teaching Fellow at Teesside University where I teach Creative Writing. This is my staff page at Teesside University.
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a First Class degree in English Language and I have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex, where I researched the connections between writing and wellbeing.
In between that first degree and my doctoral research is an eight year period that I consider a crucial part of my learning and teaching journey, where I worked in fundraising for an international non-profit, as a volunteer 'writing mentor' with refugees and asylum-seekers, and as a learning consultant for Reuters Group, the news and financial data agency, building digital learning resources and developing what we then called 'e-learning programmes' for staff and clients.
I trained in brief therapy and worked in practice for five years whilst writing and publishing a collection of poems and two novels. After the birth of my daughter, I arrived at Teesside, where I designed and developed the online MA Creative Writing. Teaching and learning on this course, and watching it continually evolve in the hands and minds of students all around the world, remains one of the best things about my job. I also work with students in other varied hybrid spaces, teaching and thinking about many things under the guise of writing such as creativity, criticality, reflexivity, digital pedagogies and what it means to thrive as a human being in these times.
I'm the author of the bestselling novels, The Dress and Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams, which have now been translated into Italian, French, German, Polish and Bulgarian.
I’m also a passionate advocate for the Humanities and interdisciplinarity. You can read more about that in this article.
Representation: My work as a creative writer and author is represented by The Blair Partnership.