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

Contact Sophie:

Tel: 01332 840007

Follow Sophie on Twitter:@sophiedraper9



"Brilliant news for an
exceptional storyteller.
#Cuckoo is just extraordinary
- chilling, gothic and scared
the life out of me in
the small hours."

Caroline Ambrose,
Founder Bath Novel Award.
On hearing the announcement
about Sophie's book deal,
May 2018.



"I love to see people enjoying stories - whether reading books, listening to tales or creating their own.

" Bringing the tale alive - with voice, movement and humour - watching children giggling and entranced and adults holding on to every word of the story - is a magical life, and I relish every moment of it!"



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Sophie lives with her family in a renovated farmhouse surrounded by green rolling hills in rural Derbyshire. She has an MA in Mediaeval History from St Andrews University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has worked extensively overseas including secondments in France, Germany, New York and Alabama. Sophie is married to Rob, an aerospace engineer and they have three growing boys.

Brought up in Scotland, she moved to London, then Derby, for a busy career as a management consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions executive and then International Finance Director. These jobs took her all around the world, until after the birth of her first child she took a career break. She later returned to work as the member-nominated Non Executive Director for the Derbyshire Building Society, where she also chaired the Board's Customer Service Committee. Baby no 3 brought another career break and a few years later, with the boys at school, she took the plunge into life as a writer and professional storyteller.

"How did I get into oral storytelling? I helped at a literature festival, hosting a storyteller. I was blown away by the performance and the audience reaction, caught up in the tales. This was like no other art form, something special. I helped at a storytelling club funded by the Arts Council and started to build my own skills. I practised, learned and explored, then I joined Peak Performance, a group of developing artists, whilst also training with high profile tellers further afield."

Sophie started devising her own shows. In 2010, her show Seven Deadly Sins was nominated for the Buxton Festival Fringe Awards for Spoken Word and New Writing. She was also nominated for an Audience Award. "It was a lovely boost to my confidence." And so things grew. In 2013, she was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence under the category "Outstanding Female Storyteller", an award that recognises a storyteller "who has consistently told to an exemplary standard and has been an ambassador for storytelling across a range of audiences."

"I've always had an abiding interest in stories, performance and writing, books and the arts. Brought up in a lively, academic household filled with books, it was inevitable that I would return to these creative roots."

Sophie now works full time as a writer and storyteller, combining oral storytelling with traditional balladry and song. She is known for her vivid, warm and intimate style of telling and a wicked sense of humour.

She works in schools, theatres, arts centres, libraries, festivals, clubs and social venues of all kinds. From day care centres to village halls, grand historic houses to tourist attractions, she has worked with recovering stroke patients, newly released prisoners, and a secure mental health unit. Sophie loves telling for all ages and is always delighted to be asked to entertain at special family celebrations or corporate events.

Sophie writes under the name Sophie Draper. Her debut novel, Cuckoo, a psychological thriller, is being published on 29 November 2018 by Avon at Harper Collins. The book won the Bath Novel Award 2017, and the Friday Night Live 2017 competition at the York Festival of Writing. A second book is to be published later in 2019. Her author website will be launched shortly under the link

She has recorded and published 3 audio books for children: The Pirate's Sister (2006), The Dragon's Christmas (2006) and Dragon's Tales (2008). In 2009, Sophie won the Ripley Poetry Prize.

Sophie is an experienced trainer and workshop leader. She runs courses for developing storytellers and offers one to one tuition and corporate workshops on presentation skills and vocal confidence. Feedback from participants includes:

"It felt like a privilege to take part and I had been let in on some wonderful secret! Sophie has a wonderful way of leading a group. It is a rare mix of giving so generously of her time and herself, whilst also relinquishing control to give people space. It felt that she was able to make everyone feel safe and that whatever anyone contributes it feels valuable. It was a real pleasure to be a part of that!"

Sophie has been interviewed about her practice as a storyteller for the Settle Storytelling Festival - see:

To contact Sophie, ring Tel 01332 840007. Or email

She is always happy to chat about possible events, talks, creative projects and workshops and enjoys developing new work and commissions to suit any venue or context. Do please just ask.

Sophie's literary agent is Laura Williams at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. They can be contacted on 0207 344 1000. Note, all storytelling, training, speaking and project booking enquiries should continue to be directed to Sophie herself.




"Your flexible approach and team spirit were hugely appreciated and an asset to the event as a whole, as was your good organisation and professionalism throughout. Thank you!"

Neo Heny, Arts Project
Co-ordinator, Amber Valley Borough Council.


Sophie Snell, Joe Wileman Quarndon Village Hall 2010

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