Hello! I write both fiction and non-fiction, often indulging my love of music in the process. 

On this website, you can find more about me and my writing; The Word Mill, the writing group I facilitate in Mossley, Greater Manchester; and information about the media relations I deliver for some of my favourite artists. I've also included the highlights of the live music and spoken word night that I used to co-ordinate in the centre of Manchester, too, just because it was a lovely three years of life that I wouldn't want to forget. And you never know, you might find it interesting, too.


My latest book is a ghostwritten autobiography of Blind Dave Heeley, entitled From Light To Dark. It was published by Pitch Publishing on 15 February and can be found in all good bookshops. You can also read a little more about it on the My writing page, including information regarding the book signing events that Dave and I have been doing. 


My first book was an official biography of one of my all-time heroes, Eliza Carthy, published by Soundcheck Books. It's called Wayward Daughter and you can buy it from all the usual places, including AmazonWaterstones and, more excitingly, from Eliza herself if you're lucky enough to see one of her gigs. I've been writing about music, and more often than not, folk music, since 2000. 

In 2014, I was shortlisted for the Ideastap and Writers' Centre Inspires programme on the strength of my fiction writing. I'm currently putting the finishing touches to a historical middle grade children's novel, as well as working on a collection of short stories influenced by or based on English folk songs. Visit My writing to learn more.

Feel free to get in touch via Twitter (@sophparkes) or sophie at sophieparkes dot co dot uk, it'd be lovely to hear from you.

'Working with her has been an absolute pleasure. She: 
- Showed great tenacity in securing interviews with various musicians, such as Billy Bragg. 
- Was happy to finish the manuscript ahead of schedule allowing us to publish early. 
- Produced a manuscript that was of a high standard and an easy edit. 
- Was creative, enthusiastic, helpful and professional. 
This was her first book, yet she behaved like a seasoned author.' Phil Godsell, Soundcheck Books.