Sophie Draper

Agent: Laura Williams

Sophie was born in the Midlands but raised in Scotland. After gaining an MA in Mediaeval History, she followed a career in finance, travelling the world as a management consultant and International Finance Director. She took a career break to have a family, returning to work as a non-executive director for a building society. After a third son, she rediscovered her love of stories, taking up life as a writer and traditional oral storyteller, performing across the UK telling stories to adults and children at festivals, schools, museums and historic houses. Sophie lives with her family in rural Derbyshire, in a house filled with music, several cats, too many books and 3 growing boys.

Under the name Sophie Snell, she also works as a storyteller. In 2013, Sophie was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence, in the category of Outstanding Female Storyteller.

Her debut novel, CUCKOO, will be published by Avon (HarperCollins) in November 2018. In 2017, CUCKOO (then titled THE PEAR DRUM) won the Bath Novel Award, as well as the prestigious Friday Night Live competition at the Festival of Writing 2017 in York.