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

Contact Sophie:

Tel: 07796 296387

email:robandsophie@hotmail.com

 

"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 just outside Derby. She has a Masters degree in Mediaeval History from St Andrews University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and speaks French and German. Sophie is married to Rob, a performance engineer in the aerospace industry and they have 3 growing boys.

After a high flying career working as a management consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions executive and then International Finance Director for Experian plc, she gave up work on the birth of her first child in 1999. A second baby followed and she returned to work for 4 years as the member-nominated Non Executive Director for the Derbyshire Building Society, where she also chaired the Board's Customer Service Committee. After another baby and a period at home enjoying life as a full time mother, she took the plunge into life as a writer and professional storyteller.

"How did I get into traditional storytelling? I first saw it at a literature festival and was blown away by the stories and the performance. Watching the audience's reaction was an education - caught up in the tales, this was like no other performance art form. It was something special.

"I went along to a storytelling club funded by the Arts Council with a unique programme of storytelling events in Derby. In a short space of time, I saw many of the headline storytellers in the UK and was able to have a go myself.
As time passed, I practised, learned and explored. I joined Peak Performance, a group of developing tellers who met monthly to train, whilst also visiting nearby clubs and attending more workshops with high profile tellers further afield.

"Storytelling is addictive, for both listeners and tellers. As I progressed, I was invited to do guest spots and gigs. My repertoire grew and I started developing my own shows. 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 and stories from all around the world, it was inevitable that I would return to these creative roots."

Sophie now works full time as a 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 does family celebration bookings, corporate events and has even worked in a secure mental health hospital and told stories to newly released prisoners.

"Whatever the context and setting, stories are a point of contact with people in all circumstances and walks of life, a sharing of common experience that draws us together. I've had a fascinating career, travelled and seen so much, but I now find myself doing a job I couldn't adore more!"

Sophie was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence 2013 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."

Sophie also writes. Her novel, The Pear Drum, a psychological thriller, has recently won the Bath Novel Award 2017, an international prize for unpublished debut authors. She has also recorded and published 3 audio books for children: The Pirate's Sister (2006), The Dragon's Christmas (2006) and Dragon's Tales (2008), and in 2009 Sophie won the Ripley Poetry Prize.

In addition to her work as a performer, Sophie is an experienced trainer and workshop leader. She runs a series of workshops for developing storytellers and offers one to one training 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. Please count me in for the next one!"

"It was wonderful to start to get a glimpse of the language that storytellers use to orientate themselves in the storyscape...it was a lovely day, with lovely people, in a lovely setting and so useful in adding to my ability to think about and understand the landscape of storytelling. I would definitely come again."


"What a creative day, followed by a rewarding and inspiring evening of stories from tellers of all ages and with so many open hearts and individual voices, telling their stories with clarity, humour and passion, it couldn't fail to be anything but what it was; inspiring."

Sophie has been interviewed about her practice as a storyteller for the Settle Storytelling Festival - see: www.settlestories.blogspot.com.

To contact Sophie, ring Tel 01332 840007 or email robandsophie@hotmail.com. She is always happy to chat about possible storytelling events or workshops and enjoys developing new work and commissions to suit any venue or context. Just ask!

 
   
   

"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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