I love reading and writing in equal measure. My first play age ten, ‘The Further Adventures of Bilbo Baggins’, almost made it onto the stage in Weald village hall in 1980. Over the last ten years I have been scribbling away in my little office studying the craft or writing, and have completed many short plays and stories. For two summers I was play creator/director at Wilderness Wood and am co-director of Bristol’s Portal Youth Theatre, devising and creating regular ‘Plays-in-a-day’ with groups of 7-16 year-olds.

In 2014 I was part of the Rondo Writers and had threel short plays performed at the Rondo Theatre in Bath. More recently I have focussed on short stories and a first draft of a novel.

In 2017 I completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University tutored by James Hawes and Morag Joss. In 2018 I was part of the inaugural Comma Press short story course run by Ken Elkes in Bristol.

I read mainly novels and short stories, but can be won over by a memoir such as Janice Galloway’s and Hilary Mantell’s. I also read poetry, and like to have one of the ‘Staying Alive’ trilogy near me at all times. Some of my favourite authors are Graham Swift, Elizabeth Strout, Lorrie Moore, Dylan Thomas, Joyce Carol Oats, Alice Munro, George Saunders, Laurie Lee, Anthony Doerr, Sebastian Barry, Frederick Busch, Elizabeth Taylor. In no particular order. If asked to choose my Desert Island Books (a radio show that should surely exist) I fear I would be unable to do so.

In my spare time I work part-time as a speech and language therapist specialising in voice disorders, am an outdoor swimming enthusiast and mother of three teenagers.

Sophie Holland

Award-winning short stories and plays, aspiring novelist

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