Questions asked of a writer

Sophie Neville in the tropics

Me, Sophie Neville, in tropical debate

No matter where I am in the world, not a day goes by without someone, somewhere asking a question or sending a message in connection with my writing. I am hugely grateful for the encouragement.

In many ways, ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ was written by popular request, effectively commissioned by hundreds of people who wanted to know how it felt to appear in the film, albeit forty years ago.

It has to be said that was a little apprehensive about the questions I might be asked on Matthew Wright’s show, broadcast live on Channel 5 – for two hours.  If you are feeling brave, click here to see a profile on The Wright Stuff.

They wanted to know about the idea of children being allowed the freedom to take risks and enjoy their own adventures away from civilisation.

“… if it’s possible to have a Swallows and Amazons childhood these days – and if today’s kids would actually have the skills to survive. “

If you have views on the subject or want to see more on outdoor pursuits discussed on the programme email:

Sophie Neville If not Duffers.


You may need Windows 8 to watch it but the whole programme can be viewed here: 

The first section is about the film ‘Swallows & Amazons’

Author: Sophie Neville

Writer and charity fundraiser

8 thoughts on “Questions asked of a writer”

  1. Sadly I’m going to be driving to Coniston when it’s on perhaps you could post a clip or link so that those of us who missed it live can catch up good luck.

    1. I’ll record it- but am not sure of the copyright implications of then posting a clip on-line.

      It would be best if you emailed the programme asking for the S&A discussion to be featured in a clip on their site.

      Have a lovely time on Coniston. Swallow is at the Glenridding Sailing Centre on Ullswater until Thurs/Friday when we are hoping someone will tow her down to Cobnor.

  2. Hello Sophie – me too not able to listen! as I’m as usual in a hole in the ground in Turkey. But I’m pleased to hear that today is international left-handers’ day.
    Loving all your posts as always – you are a national treasure …..

  3. Sophie
    Just watched your parts of the Wright Stuff (recorded it this morning) and was impressed by you (were you struggling with a cold?) and pleasantly surprised by Matthew Wright’s views (when I saw you were going to be on the programme I did think they may give you a hard time!)
    Your book is a great read, I’d already got the ebook version but you can’t beat a physical book! Very entertaining, and a great insight in to how films are made.

        1. Thanks so much. It will be a huge encouragement to Marisa who spent hours on the lay-out.

          I took an anti-histamine for breakfast but it often happens. It’s one reason why I didn’t try to make a career for myself in front of the camera.

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