A signed edition of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ by Sophie Neville sold in the children in Read charity auction in aid of BBC Children in Need for £251
Sophie has a chapter in a writing guide launched on 9th October.
She has been working on a pair of historical novels set in Africa that have been winning prizes in literary competitions. As some are judged anonymously, publicity is limited, but one novel is currently in the Finals of the international Eyelands Book Awards for an unpublished historical novel, competing against four other authors.
An earlier edition of this novel also reached the finals of the Page Turner Wards.
It was in the quarter-finals of Roadmap’s Write Start Competition in the USA, the semi-finals of The Eludia Award 2021, was long-listed for Retreat West’s First Chapter Competition, made it to the finals of the 2020 Eyelands Book Awards for an unpublished historical novel and was awarded third prize in the Association of Christian Writers’ novel competition:
Sophie’s other work in progress, set in East Africa, Burma and Japan, has won three literary awards:
‘A Woman’s Write’ 2019 prize for an unpublished novel in the USA
Eyelands Book Awards 2019 prize for an unpublished historical novel.
Athanatos Writing Contest in the USA: Grand Prize U$2,500
It was long-listed for the Historical Novel Society’s First Novel Award along with Retreat West’s First Chapter Competition, 2021 and is currently in the semi-finals of a North American novel writing competition and has been long-listed in the 2021 Flash 500 novel opening competition.
Sophie was awarded a Three Rock Writer’s Resort residency on Crete
The Wilson Stephens & Jones Gallery in London have been exhibiting Sophie Neville’s picture of an artichoke, taken during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Sophie has become an Author Supporter for SchoolReaders’ literacy programme
‘The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome‘ presented by Griff Rhys Jones, which includes film clips is constantly on BBC iPlayer.
Sophie Neville’s incredible true stories can be seen profiled on Wikiesvied.com here
Sophie has been speaking on BBC Radio Solent about her beach cleaning activities. She won Beach Picker of the Year 2020, awarded by Littler Pickers of the New Forest.
to help advertise the Essex Book Festival 2019
She has been contributing to the Westmorland Gazette’s Podium column:
and writes for various publications to gain publicity for The Waterberg Trust
She opened the The Tavistock Festival
David Webb‘s new DVD on ‘Walton’s Secret Backwaters’ presented by Chris Opperman features an interview with Sophie in her role as President of The Arthur Ransome Society and includes the cover of her book on ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’. The DVD can be purchased here.
Sophie’s talk at the Alhambra Cinema in Keswick attracted press coverage for the Keswick Convention.
She is often invited to speak on BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Cumbria while her public appearances have been discussed on other stations this year.
6-page article in La Plume was published in the Netherlands
-News from 2017-
with a Podium column The Westmorland Gazette.
News coverage of the marathon reading of ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’ attracted extensive with coverage on BBC News, BBC Radio Suffolk, and ITV local News when Griff Rhys Jones and Sophie Neville were both interviewed.
A 6-page feature in Classic Sailor magazine.
News of the Marathon Reading of Swallows and Amazons in the Mail with photos in the Westmorland Gazette
Sophie Neville with Radio 4’s reporter Caz Graham
News of Sophie’s books has also been covered by other regions:
‘Funnily Enough’ on the front cover of the Tavistock Times Gazette
-News from 2016-
The 1974 film of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ broadcast in Australia
Westmoreland Gazette – November
Lymington Times – October
East Anglian Daily Times – October
Speaking on Premier Radio – August
The Times Diary – August
Czech News Agency quoting Sophie Nevillova:
“Je třeba brát neustále v úvahu, že Vlaštovky jsou fiktivní hrdinové,” zdůrazňuje Sophie Nevillová, předsedkyně Společnosti Arthura Ransoma. “Ano, vycházejí z Altounyanových dětí, ale Ransome chtěl, aby se s nimi mohlo ztotožnit každé dítě.”
BBC Radio Leeds with Richard Stead – August
Sophie’s book trailer published in the Mail Online – August & July
repeated on NZ News
Speaking to Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria
News article in the Ipswich Star 25th July
Feature article in Weekend edition of East Anglian Daily Times
“Would I be remembered as an intrepid child?” Saturday Telegraph
Author Sophie Neville in Bedford Times and Citizen and Radio BigglesFM
Appearing in the classic movie ‘Swallows & Amazons’ on ITV3 over Christmas
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Q&A at a cinema screening of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ featured in the Ipswich Star
The Mail Online published the book trailer for ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’
live radio interviews on
and by Anne Diamond on The Wright Stuff
The Times Diary (TMS) on 6th July
and Pick of The Week:
All after this interview in the Telegraph was syndicated nationwide
A photograph in the Telegraph View
a comment in the Daily Telegraph editorial
a photograph in the Independent
articles in the Daily Express
The Guardian – rated ‘Top Entertainment Story’ by Google
articles in about 34 other newspapers
CBBC TV’s new show Cinemaniacs
The Wright Stuff ~ Channel 5
A photograph from the film in the Times Saturday Review
Excitement about the 40th Anniversary cinema screenings of Swallows & Amazons (U) spawned pictorials in the Westmorland Gazette weekend feature
Cumbria Live picked up on the news, as did BBC Radio Cumbria and Lakeland Radio.
Westmorland Gazette 2014 with a feature article and The Lymington Times reviewed the book. There were numerous on-line reviews of StudioCanal’s 40th Anniversary release of the restored Blu-ray and DVD with bonus material as well as posts such as this one on Flickering Myth.
The cover appeared in The Sunday Observer magazine and the Telegraph Magazine, while Sophie wrote a piece for a page in Country Life:
The Making of Swallows & Amazons has also been featured in the magazine Yours:
Media attention received by the publication of the ebook on The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons was considerable. The day after an article appeared in Richard Kay’s column in the Daily Mail, Hayley Dixon ran a feature with colour photographs and the book trailer in the Telegraph, Culture- Books section
The Sunday Telegraph Seven magazine rang to ask for exclusivity on extracts. The next day The Times published this half-page article in their Saturday issue:
There was another article in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday:
It was followed by features in local newspapers:
Lutterworth and Rugby Observer and The Rugby Advertiser ran news features.
Local newspaper articles led to sales:
Classic Boat magazine had a book review in their February issue.
iBelieve, the Christian lifestyle magazine, published eleven double-page extracts from ‘Funnily Enough’ .