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 Bill O’Jack’s, as it 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 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. Tissues at the ready!
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.