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 with her family in a renovated farm 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 speaks French and German. Sophie is married to Rob, an aerospace engineer and they have three growing boys.

Brought up in Scotland, she moved to London after uni, enjoying a busy career as a management consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions executive and then International Finance Director for Experian plc. With her marriage to Rob she moved to Derby and following the birth of their first child gave up work and the travel that came with it.

After their second baby, Sophie returned to work for four years as the member-nominated Non Executive Director for the Derbyshire Building Society, where she also chaired the Board's Customer Service Committee. Baby number 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 traditional storytelling? I was helping at a literature festival, hosting a storyteller. I was blown away by the performance. Watching the audience reaction, caught up in the tales, this was like no other art form. Something special.

"I went to a storytelling club funded by the Arts Council with a unique programme of events. I saw many of the headline UK storytellers 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.

"As I progressed, I was invited to do guest spots and gigs. My repertoire grew and I devised my own shows. In 2010, I was nominated for the Buxton Festival Fringe Awards for Spoken Word and New Writing with my show Seven Deadly Sins. I was also nominated for an Audience Award - it was a lovely boost to my confidence. And so things grew.

"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 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.

She loves telling for all ages and is always delighted to be asked to entertain at special family celebrations or corporate events.

"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."

In 2013, Sophie 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."

Sophie also writes.

Her novel, The Pear Drum, a psychological thriller, recently won the Bath Novel Award 2017, an international prize for unpublished debut authors. Later that year, she also won the Friday Night Live 2017 competition at the York Festival of Writing.

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) 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 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. 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 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 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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