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Sophie Parkes

  • Arvon Award, 2017
Sophie Parkes

Sophie Parkes lives in Mossley, Greater Manchester, where she runs a community writing group. Her passion for folk and traditional music fuels her fiction writing and she is currently working on a collection of short stories based on or influenced by English folk song. With a working title of Sovay, the collection seeks to demonstrate the form’s rich variety of stories which have been passed down through time in the pub, the field and the factory. Two of the stories from the collection have already found homes in The Pygmy Giant and Streetcake Magazine. Sophie’s first fiction publication came while she was studying for her A Levels, when she had a long-form piece serialised in a magazine. She studied creative writing under John McAuliffe and Martyn Bedford as part of her English Language and Literature degree at the University of Manchester, during which time she co-founded the University’s Creative Writing Society. She has since had other short stories placed in The Roundtable Review and a Comma Press anthology, William Faulkner’s Typewriter. In 2006, she was shortlisted for the PCS short story competition and in 2014, she was shortlisted for the Ideas Tap and Writers’ Centre Inspires mentoring programme. Sophie Parkes has also published two works of non-fiction: an official biography of musician, Eliza Carthy (Soundcheck Books, 2012), and a ghostwritten autobiography of blind endurance athlete, Dave Heeley (Pitch, 2016). For 15 years, she has contributed features and reviews to a range of different titles, including fRoots, Penguin Eggs, The Quietus, English Dance and Song, Spiral Earth, The Living Tradition and Manchester Evening News. For more information about Sophie and her writing, please visit

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