About me

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.

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, 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 The Portico Library, Saddleworth Literature Festival, and Tameside Libraries, amongst others. She also founded and continues to run Mossley Writers and in 2021 won an Arts Council England grant to run The Tameside WordShop

You can read some of Sophie's stories here:

Rituals & Declarations: 'Procession'

Dear Damsels: 'May Day'

M6 Theatre (performance): 'Bird Behaviour'

The Real Story (creative non-fiction): 'Hero'

Chethams Library collection: 'Mary Leech, née Blackwall, on returning to her parental home'

Chine Magazine: 'Milkers Day'

Streetcake (issue 52): 'Silence Surrounds Her'

The Pygmy Giant: 'The Unquiet Grave' 

William Faulkner's Typewriter: 'Tonight's the night that'll be the night'

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

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Events

 
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Mossley Writers

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, 7.30-9.30pm. 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.

In 2021, Sophie won an Arts Council England grant to run The Tameside WordShop, a year-long programme of free writing workshops for Tameside writers.

Mossley Writers on Facebook

 
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Contact

sophie@sophieparkes.co.uk

All photography courtesy of the inimitable

Graeme Cooper: http://www.graemecooper.co.uk