3rd September – Marathon reading of Arthur Ransome’s book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ out aloud at Coniston Boating Centre in the Lake District as part of the Visit England’s Year of Literary Heroes. Organised by Dr Chris Routledge of Liverpool University as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Arthur Ransome’s death, author Christina Hardyment, screenwriter Andrea Gibb and Hannah-Jayne Thorpe who played Peggy in the recent film, will be reading chapters, alongwith Christopher Wordsworth, the 4xgreat grandson of the poet. I am hoping Suzanna Hamilton will join me to read the final chapters in Swallow, the dinghy used in the 1974 film. All welcome! No tickets – it’s free.
Q&A with Sophie after a screening of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at the Brewery Arts Cinema in Kendal, date TBC
27th September 2017 – Talk on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at Lymington Town Sailing Club on the Solent.
12th October 2017 – Talk ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at Boldre Memorial Hall near Lymington in Hampshire for members of the Women’s Institute.
-Sophie Neville giving a talk-
Saturday 21st October an event at Pin Mill Sailing Club in Suffolk for the Nancy Blackett Trust. It is their 20th Anniversary, the 50th anniversary of Ransome’s death and the 80th Anniversary of the publication of his book ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’. More details to follow.
10th November – Charity Fundraising Auction at Southill Park, Bedfordshire
11th November – Rowing down the Thames for the Lord Mayor’s Show
5th December – Signing books at The Waterberg Trust Christmas Fair in Berkshire.
Talk on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ at Moreton Hall, Shropshire date TBC
January 2018 – The Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride across the game reserves of South Africa, to raise funds for Save the Wateberg Rhino and associated community projects.
February 2018 – Charity fundraising Drinks Party in London for Feedback Madagascar.
April 2018 – Talk on ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ at the Tavistoke Festival.
May 2018 – BooksEast Festival in Ispwich.
May 2018 – TARS visit to Uig Lodge on the Isle of Lewis
May 2018 – ‘Swallows and Amazons re-visited’ at Coniston Water in the Lake District.
Recent Events ~
July 2017 – in the New Forest for the Curious Arts Festival
June 2017 – Sailing Arthur Ransome’s yacht the Nancy Blackett in Holland.
June 2017 – A talk on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ at The Captain’s Club in Christchurch in aid of Oakhaven Hospice and The Waterberg Trust
May – Opening talk at The Arthur Ransome Society weekend introducing Barbara Altounyan who spoke about her father Roger.
April – A Talk at the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival 2017 at the Bedford Hotel on ‘Funnily Enough – Living with Otters’. We were joined by Rudi-the-Otter who stars in the new ITV series ‘The Durrells’ and appeared in Natural World for BBC Two recently.
14th February – Henlease Book Group in Bristol discussed ‘Funnily Enough’ with Sophie
The Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride across the game reserves of South Africa – January 2017, to raise funds for Save the Wateberg Rhino and associated community projects. Please click here for more info.
September 2016 ~ Screening of ‘My Feral Heart’ at The Courthouse Hotel in Soho.
October 2016 ~ An illustrated talk on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons: behind the scenes of the classic 1974 film’ with a book signing for Mudeford Sailing Club.
September 2016 ~ Book launch of Julian Lovelock’s ‘Swallows, Amazons & Coots’ with Forward by Sophie Neville
19th August 2016 ~ Release of the new film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (2016) in cinemas.
August 2016 ~ ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) screened at the Just So Festival
July 2016 ~ Swallows and Amazons regatta at the Aldebrugh Yacht Club with the 1930’s dinghy Swallow followed by a Q&A with Sophie Neville at a screening of the 1974 film of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ at Aldebrough cinema
June 2016 ~ Won Ladies Challenge at the Worcestershire Archery Society
June 2016 ~ Cast and crew preview of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (2016)
–Diver Dan Travers with Sophie Neville-
May 2016 ~ The Arthur Ransome Society IAGM in Dumfries, Scotland
April 2016 ~ Book launch for ‘Belfast to Behghazi: Untold challenges of war’ by Rupert Wieloch.
March 2016 ~ Representing Bible Society at Spring Harvest in Minehead
March 2016 ~ Leading the Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride 2016
Highlights or 2015 –
December 2015 ~ Book signing at the Red Cross Fair in Bedford
October 2015 ~ Film Night evening in aid of Hampshire Air Ambulance
September 2015 – 600th Anniversary of Agincourt at Chatsworth shooting the longbow
September 2015 ~ a Q&A at the Riverside cinema to celebrate ‘100 Years of Film’.
August 2015 ~ TARS summer camp, Chichester Harbour, with ‘Swallow’ from the film.
Photo: George Ping
July 2015 ~ Curious Arts Festival Talk and Q&A with Sophie Neville
July 2015 ~ Swallows & Amazons (1974) screened at the Belfast Film Festival
July 2015 ~ The launch of Ping-a-Pound for Medecine Sans Frontieres
June 2015 ~ Leading the flotilla for 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta
May 2015 ~ Talk by Sophie on ‘The Secrets of Filming Coot Club’
April 2015 ~ a Q&A from Sophie Neville at the Riverside cinema
21st March on CBBC ~ Sophie appeared on Cinemaniacs.
January 2015 ~ A bit of exploration: Sophie led the Waterberg Charity Ride through the game reserves of South Africa.
Highlights of 2014
Book signing at Waterstones in Lymington becoming bestseller of the day.
Canine Partners at Drapers Hall in London in the presence of HRH Duchess of Gloucester.
Cotswold Life Author’s Lunch At Lower Slaughter Manor.
A talk for The Arthur Ransome Literary Day at Linlithgow in Scotland.
Raising money for charity 2014 in Cowes, Isle of Wight
Filming with our otters in Scotland
Charity sheep drive across London Bridge as featured in the Times.
Event for inner City children at Countryside Live – Lee Valley, London
Sophie Neville with Lord Nelson’s canon
An evening with the Royal London Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight.
Procession of historic boats into the City of Nantes with the crew of the Drapers’ Shallop.
Sophie Neville being interviewed on France 3
Ladies prize for highest score West Berks Archery Meeting.
Sophie Neville on Channel 5’s show The Wright Stuff
Sophie Neville on BBC Radio Cumbria with Westmorland Gazette weekend feature
Sophie Neville with film fans
Screening at Zeffirelli’s cinema in Ambleside with Q&A by Sophie Neville
Brewery Arts Centre Cinema, Kendal screening with Q&A by Sophie Neville.
Lakeland Radio interview
Presentation of books ~ Ladies of LBC
Chatted about appearing in ‘Cider with Rosie’ on Mark Forrest Evening Show on BBC Radio
Talks at The Arthur Ransome Society International Annual Weekend.
40th Anniversary talk on Swallows & Amazons (1974) ~ for The Arthur Ransome Society
Arthur Ransome weekend with a talk on ‘Swallows & Amazons, the film locations’.
Vsit to Arthur Ransome’s last house Hill Top as reported by the Westomoreland Gazette.
Talk on China’s Bestseller in the Waterberg, South Africa
An after-lunch talk at Shotley Marina, Harwich.
Highlights of 2013
Funnily Enough awarded International Rubery Book Award 2013 third prize
Sophie Neville’s artwork featured on Made In Chelsea.
The unveiling of the Arthur Ransome plaque at Rugby School.
An introduction to the film Swallows & Amazons at Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
An after dinner talk for the Solent Section of the Cruising Association
Hosting the Film Cafe at the SE New Wine Summer Conference
30th Anniversary talk on ‘Filming ‘Coot Club’ and ‘The Big Six’ in East Anglia’ at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club
Guest speaker at The Arthur Ransom Soecity IAGM at Brockenhurst College.
Sailing the Nancy Blackett from Bucklers Hard to Lymington.
Sophie Neville supporting Comic Relief on Red Nose Day
Huge thanks to all supporters.
An interview on GNBA Radio broadcast worldwide.
Second Chance Radio Show in the USA. To listen to it click here
On Channel 4 ~ ‘Compulsive Obsessive Cleaners’, documentary series on the terrifying subject of clearing out my mother’s house. Filmed at the house in the Cotswolds where Funnily Enough is set, it examines how my parents cope with living in a medieval mill with two tame otters.
I want Cynthia to extend the de-cluttering challenge further a-field.
With Ryan Jones, Captain of the Welsh Rugby Team at a charity dinner supported by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Appearing on the cover of iBelieve magazine ~
Richard Pilbrow was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Suzanna Hamilton and I found ourselves at the cinema where the premier of Swallows & Amazons was held in 1974.
November 2012 ~ A cable from Hollywood: Hateship Productions wanting to use Sophie Neville’s artwork in a new movie starring Nick Nolte, Guy Pearce and Kristen Wiig called, ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.’ Consent forms went whizzing across the Atlantic.
~ Talks and other events ~
A talk on China’s Bestseller in Winchester and an illustrated talk on ‘China’s Bestseller’ in Southampton.
A book launch for ‘Remembering Tenko’ by Andy Priestner at the Imperial War Museum, with Ann Bell, Louise Jameson and other cast members. Sophie Neville provided location and cast photographs for the Kindle version.
Channel 4 filming a documentary with the Nevilles at Bakers Mill.
15th October ~ Ride the Wings of Morning did well in the UK and US free Kindle store promotion:
- #1 in Nonfiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups
- #1 in US Nonfiction > Travel > Africa
- #1 in US Nonfiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Adventurers & Explorers
13th October ~ Funnily Enough did quite well in the UK free Kindle store promotion ~
#1 in the category ‘Parenting and Families’
#9 in the category ‘Humour’
#1 in the category ‘Famiglia e relazioni‘ in Italyin the Amazon free Kindle stores.
10th~12th October ~ Ride the Wings of Morning #2 in the paid UK Kindle store in the category ‘Travel Africa’.
The Quay Book Club discussed ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ with Sophie Neville.
20th Anniversary of City Barge.
Regatta for the Disabled at Henley-on-Thames with Peter Willis, deputy editor of Classic Boat Magazine.
Swallows and Amazons (1974) was shown at Eden Arts’ Picnic Cinema at Brantwood on Coniston Water.
Ben Ainslie’s Olympic Celebration at the RLYC
Steven Morris of the Guardian reported: “He recalled how he started sailing in Cornwall on the creeks around Falmouth as a boy. Ainslie has called it a Swallows and Amazons kind of childhood. He had friends on the other side of the creek so he sailed over to see them.”
Archery with the longbow at Meriden
WAS Archey Meeting at Sherridge ~ won the Baylis Arrow
Rowing in the Royal Thamesis for HM the Queen at Henley-on-Thames
West Berks Archery Meeting
Cumbria Life report on Sophie Neville’s visit to the Lake District
Arthur Ransome tour of the Lake District reported in the North West Evening Mail
Swallows and Amazons was broadcast in the UK on Bank Holiday Monday.
8,737 copies of my books were down-loaded in one month
Ride the Wings of Morning is back at #2 in the Bestsellers in African Travel list on Amazon UK Kindle. Funnily Enough is just below Terry Pratchett on the Kindle list for Humour.
April 25th ~ Ride the Wings of Morning reaches # 2 in the Amazon UK Kindle store under the category Bestsellers in African Travel, above Bill Bryson’s African Diary and the Lonely Planet guides. Funnily Enough is sitting just under NIV Bible sales in UK Kindle Bestsellers in Non-Fiction.
Alastair Fothergill, one of the main characters in Funnily Enough, produced two feature films for DisneyNature: African Cats and Chimpanzee.
22nd April ~ Funnily Enough entered the Top 100 in the paid Kindle Store Bestseller list and reached:
- #14 in Bestsellers in Non-fiction, just above A Night to Remember: the Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic by Julian Fellowes, Brian Lavery and Walter Lord.
20th April ~ Richard Kay reports on Funnily Enough’s success in the Daily Mail
19th April ~ Funnily Enough at #2 in the Amazon UK Kindle store and at #1 for Humour.
Ride the Wings of Morning at #1 for Non-fiction/Biographies&Memoirs.
Both have been classified by Amazon as Bestselling Books.
16th-18th April 2012 ~ The London Book Fair ~ promoting Funnily Enough and Ride the Wings of Morning.
House of Commons by kind invitation of Lord Mawhinney
Talk at The Arthur Ransome Society annual lunch in Arundel.
The Arthur Ransome Trust ~ Movie Memories write-up
Book Launch of ‘Funnily Enough’ by Sophie Neville
Westminster Abbey ~ in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales for 400th year celebration of the King James Bible .
Art Exhibition at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
Guest appearance on Waterberg Waves, a Radio Station in South Africa