Sophie Snell storyteller
Sophie Snell, professional storyteller for adults and children


Sophie Snell - Joe Wileman Performer Photography

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Tel: 01332 840007

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Sophie's debut novel,
is out on
29th Nov 2018.

Published by Avon
under the name
Sophie Draper


Sophie Snell is a professional storyteller and award-winning writer. She lives just outside Derby and travels throughout the UK.

A warm, engaging and lively performer, Sophie entertains children and adults at public events, festivals, storytelling clubs, schools, libraries and museums. From village halls to grand historic houses, someone's front room by the fire, or the cabaret setting of a plush city theatre.

Nominated for the BASE (British Awards for Storytelling Excellence) awards under the category "Outstanding Female Storyteller 2013", Sophie is known for her uniquely entertaining mix of comic and intriguing tales, a voice that "mesmerises" and a way of drawing the audience into the performance even if they are unfamiliar with the world of traditional oral stories.

Sophie writes under the name Sophie Draper. Her debut novel, Cuckoo, is to be published by Avon at Harper Collins on 29th Nov 2018. Cuckoo is a gothic psychological thriller about a children's illustrator tormented by the stories of her latest commission.

Cuckoo won the Bath Novel Award 2017 and the Friday NIght Live Competition at the York Festival of Writing 2017. A second novel will be published later in 2019. Sophie's work as an author is represented by Laura Williams at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop.

As an oral storyteller, Sophie has also written and recorded various audio books for both adults and children, available here via her website and Amazon.

With a background in senior management, Sophie works with corporate, educational and arts bodies, both groups and individuals, to create tailored workshops for all ages, on storytelling, creative writing, presentation and communication skills. She also acts as a coach to developing tellers and business people seeking to improve their public speaking and presentations. Her unique combination of storytelling skills and corporate experience is used to build confidence, creativity and oral literacy, about which she is passionate.

Sophie is a regular speaker / entertainer for various groups, and appears on BBC Radio Derby from time to time as one of their "Loud Mouths".

"Captivating... hoots of laughter echoed around this Tudor
building - can't wait to have her back!"

"Sophie has a wicked sense of humour!"

"We will 'dine out' on those pauses, when you had every one of us
in the palm of your hand and you could have heard a pin drop..."

"I am envious of her kids' bedtime stories, she is phenominal!"

"I have never seen that group so intent on listening, they were
hanging on to every word!"

Sophie Snell Storyteller


"To possess that charisma, that
energy, that memory!
Spellbinding and better than
any film or tv!
Fantastic evening - wonderful!"

Amanda Bowman
BBC Radio Nottingham

storytelling for children, burghley house

Burghley House, "Festival of Surprises"
August 2010



Society for Storytelling website


"Those gifted with storytelling weave an invisible web that draws
the listener into the tale without you realising what's happening.
Sophie Snell is one of those storytellers whose voice mesmerises
you, whilst images form in your mind as the tale unfolds."

Cindy Vallar, reviewer (see

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