Sophie Parkes was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, in 1985. A graduate of the University of Manchester and the Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, she is currently studying for a PhD in creative writing and folklore at Sheffield Hallam University, for which she won a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship.
Sophie is currently working on her first novel with her agent, Giles Milburn, from the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency. The novel’s working title is Out of Human Sight, and is set around the time of the notorious 1832 Bill’s O’Jack’s murders that occurred in The Moorcock Inn, Saddleworth, close to where Sophie now lives.
In 2017, Sophie won the Arvon Award at the Northern Writers’ Awards for her collection of short stories based on or influenced by English folk song.
Her passion for music has seen her write the official biography of one of her all-time musical heroes, Eliza Carthy. You can find out more about Wayward Daughter here – the title of which was later given to an album of Eliza’s as well as her big band. Sophie continues to write about music and musicians for an array of different titles, including Songlines and Rock'n'Reel.
Sophie also helped put the incredible story of endurance athlete, Blind Dave Heeley, down onto paper. From Light to Dark is available now, with a portion of the story influencing short film, Seven Days, made by Pixel Revolution Films.
An Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, she is a frequent facilitator of creative writing workshops in the community, leading workshops for Oldham Libraries, The Portico Library, Saddleworth Literature Festival, Tameside Libraries, amongst others. She also founded and continues to run Mossley Writers.
Some writing highlights
2020 Winning monologue, 'Bird Behaviour', M6 Theatre
2019 Vice Chancellor Scholarship for fully funded PhD, SHU
Distinction in MA Creative Writing, MMU
Mossley Writers’ John Knight group project funding
2017 Northern Writers’ Award
2016 Founded Mossley Writers
From Light to Dark (Pitch)
2014 Shortlisted for IdeasTap/Writers’ Centre Inspires
2013 YA novel longlisted for Macmillan Write Now! prize
2012 Wayward Daughter (Soundcheck Books)
2010 Contact Theatre (Verbally Challenged)
2008 Co-writer 'Crow Of Murders', Contact Theatre
2006 Shortlisted in PCS short story competition
2002 Fiction serialisation in Absolute Horse magazine
- Thu, Dec 17ZoomChristmas workshop: free and online!It's Christmas! Join writer, Sophie Parkes-Nield, for two Christmas-themed writing workshops via Zoom. No heavy theory, just the chance to get pens moving and feel inspired. You never know, it might just be the best Christmas present to yourself yet!
- Thu, Dec 10ZoomChristmas workshop: free and online!It's Christmas! Join writer, Sophie Parkes-Nield, for two Christmas-themed writing workshops via Zoom. No heavy theory, just the chance to get pens moving and feel inspired. You never know, it might just be the best Christmas present to yourself yet! An event for adults.
- Wed, Mar 18The Portico LibraryCANCELLED The Portico Library: introduction to historical fictionThis sold-out workshop has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Portico Library has shut from immediate effect today (Tuesday 17 March). The session will be rescheduled once things are back to normal. More soon!
Sophie founded and continues to lead Mossley Writers, a community writing group in the
small town where she lives. If you live locally and would like to join the group, feel free to join the mailing list.
This friendly, inclusive group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, at The Britannia Inn,
Mossley, 7.30pm-9.30pm. We welcome all kinds of writers, at all stages of their career.
In 2019, we completed our first group project: A Worthy Mossley Man, an anthology and exhibition of our writing about John Knight, Mossley resident and prominent figure in the 1819 peaceful demonstration that became known as the Peterloo Massacre. You can read some of our work on this dedicated website.