Who is Sophie Sparham?


New York, IBS Radio Awards 2015: Gold for Most Innovative Program, Silver for Most Creative Programme

Special Mention at Charles Parker Prize 2014 for ‘This is not a Novelty’ documentary, resulting in airplay on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Best Radio Student of 2014, Birmingham City University


Sophie Sparham is a performance poet and writer from Derby.  She is currently editing her second young adult sci-fi and fantasy novel and has just released her first poetry book ‘Please Mind The Gap’.

Her poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects, such as depression, LGBT and women’s issues. She has performed all around the UK; including festivals such as Y Not, Shambala and the Opera House Stage at Rebellion, the UK’s biggest punk festival.

Sophie’s work has appeared in the People’s History Museum in Manchester, as part of the exhibition ‘Loitering with Intent’. Last year she was featured as one of the UK Young Artists with her collection ‘Dead Air: If they won’t place us in the history books, we’ll write our own stories’. This allowed her to perform poetry in unusual places from market halls to libraries, educating people about forgotten revolutionary figures from history.

Sophie also does creative writing workshops for schools and vulnerable adults. She has worked with QUAD Derby, Leicester City Football Club Community Trust, Women’s Work, Padley Centre, Nottingham Poetry Festival and various schools, both Primary and Secondary.


Sophie has worked at various media companies; including interning at Kerrang Radio! and The Prison Radio Association. She currently works on a freelance basis for Overtone Productions, creating and pitching ideas for BBC Radio. Her documentary St Pancras Pianos has recently been aired on BBC Radio 4.

Twitter: @SophieSparham