Sophie Neville became inadvertently well known as a girl when she starred as ‘Titty’ in the 1974 movie ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Forty years later, she was persuaded to bring out an ebook on ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’. This attracted such over-heated headlines in the Times and Telegraph that she was commissioned to write ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’, now published by The Lutterworth Press.
Although useless at sailing, she became President of The Arthur Ransome Society, giving talks at cinemas and literary festivals. Sophie was commissioned to write articles for the Daily Telegraph, Country Life and DVD Extras for Revelation Film, along with forewords for ‘Swallowdale‘ by Arthur Ransome, ‘Swallows, Amazons and Coots’ and ‘An A-Z of Cumbria and The Lake District on Film’. She has been speaking on BBC Radio and nearly capsized on ITV News.
Sophie has a degree in Anthropology from Durham University and background in television production. She began working at the BBC as an assistant on drama serials such as ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Eastenders’ and ‘My Family and Other Animals’, before directing her first documentary for Channel 4 when driving from London to Johannesburg. She later wrote her own programs, produced an Inset series, set up a Blue Peter summer exploration of South Africa and worked freelance for the BBC Natural History Unit in Botswana and Namibia. As trustee of The Waterberg Trust, she organised a number of challenge rides in Southern Africa where she lived for twelve years while working as a wildlife artist and cartographer. While living in the African bush she put together two illustrated memoirs: Ride the Wings of Morning and Funnily Enough, which was serialised in iBelieve magazine and hit #1 in Humour on Amazon Kindle in the UK.
The Lutterworth Press bring you an interview with Sophie Neville here