11th December – A talk on Ride The Wings of Morning for Brokenhurst Probus.

TBC – A winter talk at Lymington Town Sailing Club on the Solent.

29th April – Meet the Author – interviewing Rupert Wieloch at Pilgrims’s Old Library Winchester – Drinks are served at 7.30 and the talk starts at 8 pm.

Future events ~

TBC – Talk at Boldre Memorial Hall in Hampshire for the Women’s Institute.

TBC: Mudeford Sailing Club’s Swallows & Amazons weekend

TBC: Talk on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ at Moreton Hall, Shropshire

TBC: The Athanatos Festival, Greenwood, Wisconsin, USA

TBC: Q&A with Sophie after a screening of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at the Brewery Arts Cinema in Kendal

Brewery Arts Centre Logo


Recent events ~

13th September – Speaking at TARS Literary Weekend at the Royal Agricultural University

5th-10th August – Sailing up the coast of Norway to Bodo above the Arctic Circle

3rd August – Won Ladies Championship for long-bow archery

5th July – Rowing the Drapers Shallop at Henley Royal Regatta

Sophie Neville rowing the Draper's Shallop

12th-14th July – Romantic Novelist Association Conference at Lancaster University

28th June – Worcestershire Archery Society at Blackmore Park

18th June – Great British Spring Clean 2019 celebration at the House of Commons

June 2019 – 30 Days Wild with the Wildlife Trusts

22nd March to 23rd April – Great British Beach Clean with Keep Britain Tidy

9th April – A talk on charts and maps for Brokenhurst Probus at Balmer Lawn Hotel.

3rd March 2019 –  Sophie joined authors Julia Jones and Peter Willis at the Essex Book Festival


24th-27th May 2019 – The Arthur Ransome Society IAGM in Lyndhurst, New Forest

Highlights of 2018 ~

11th December – Book Signing at Beenham Hatch, Buckleberry, Berkshire

Launch of the DVD ‘Walton’s Secret Water.’

24th October 2018 – A talk on ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

11th-13th October – Art For Africa – an exhibition of paintings at Beenham Hatch.

August & September – Interviewed on beach cleaning by BBC Radio Solent

Keswick Reminder Film Billing

28th July 2018 – Q&A after a screening of the original film ‘Swallows and Amazons'(1974) in association with the Keswick Convention.


25th -28th May 2018 – ‘Swallows and Amazons re-visited’ in the Lake District

Sophie Neville with Robin Pratley and Swallow

BBC Radio Cumbia on 24th May and 24th July

BBC Radio Cumbria Mike Zeller

24th May 2018 – 45th Anniversary talk on ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)’ in Cumbria featured in the Westmorland Gazette

8th May 2018 – Talk at Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, for Probus

5th May – Talk on ‘The Secrets of Filming Coot Club & The Big Six’ for the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club in Wroxham


21st & 22nd April 2018 – Opening the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival, giving an illustrated talk on ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ followed by a cinema screening Q&A.

24th March – Rowing on the crew of The Queen’s barge Gloriana in the Boat Race Flotilla televised on BBCTV.

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.

TWT Ride 2018 team photo at Lindani

 Highlights of 2017~

5th December – Signing books at The Waterberg Trust Christmas Fair in Berkshire.

21st October – Griff Rhys Jones, Lubby Purves and Sophie Neville took part in a Marathon Read at Pin Mill Sailing Club in Suffolk to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of Arthur Ransome’s book ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’.

27th September – A Talk at Lymington Town Sailing Club

12th October – A Talk in Hampshire for members of the Women’s Institute.

3rd September – Marathon reading of Swallows and Amazons’ as part of the Visit England’s Year of Literary Heroes. Hannah-Jayne Thorpe who played Peggy in the recent film and BBC Radio 4’s Caz Graham also read chapters.

1st-3rd September – The Arthur Ransome Literary Weekend in Edinburgh.

July 2017 – in the New Forest for the Curious Arts Festival

June 2017 ~ Won Ladies Challenge at the Worcestershire Archery Society

June 2017 – Sailing Arthur Ransome’s yacht the Nancy Blackett in Holland.

June 2017 – A talk at The Captain’s Club in Christchurch.

May – Opening talk at The Arthur Ransome Society

May – Sophie opened the Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree in Suffolk.

Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree

April – A Talk at the Roseland Festival 2017 in St Mawes at the Hotel Tresanton cinema.

Roseland Festival 2017

April – A Talk at the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival 2017 on ‘Funnily Enough – Living with Otters’. We were joined by Rudi-the-Otter who stars in the ITV series ‘The Durrells’ and appeared in Natural World for BBC Two .

14th February – Henlease Book Group in Bristol discussed ‘Funnily Enough’.


The Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride across the game reserves of South Africa – 2017

Highlights of 2016 ~


December 2016 ~ A talk by award-winning producer Alastair Fothergill to raise funds for The Waterberg Trust.

September 2016 ~ Screening of ‘My Feral Heart’ in Soho.

October 2016 ~ An illustrated talk 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 ~ Q&A with Sophie Neville at a screening of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at Aldebrough cinema

June 2016 ~ Won Ladies Challenge at the Worcestershire Archery Society

June 2016 ~ Cast and crew preview of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (2016)

DSCF4560Diver 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 of 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

Chatsworth 2-Sophie Neville shooting at Chatsworth-

September 2015 ~ a Q&A at the Riverside cinema to celebrate ‘100 Years of Film’.

Q&A to packed house

August 2015 ~ TARS summer camp, Chichester Harbour, with ‘Swallow’ from the film.

Sophie Neville at Curious

Photo: George Ping

July 2015 ~ Curious Arts Festival Talk and Q&A with Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville shaking cocktails-Sophie Neville at the Curious Arts Festival-

July 2015 ~ Swallows & Amazons (1974) screened at the Belfast Film Festival

Swallows and Amazons at the Belfast Film Festival-‘Swallows and 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

DSCF3445-Sophie Neville with the Town Crier of Windsor-

June 2015 ~ Swallow, the dinghy used in the film was at Beale Park Outdoor Show

May 2015 ~ Talk by Sophie on ‘The Secrets of Filming Coot Club’

April 2015 ~ a Q&A from Sophie Neville at the Riverside cinema

Q&A ar Riverside Screening

March ~ Sophie appeared on CBBCTV’s  Cinemaniacs.

Q&A singing copies of new DVD-Sophie Neville signing books-

January 2015 ~ Sophie led the Waterberg Charity Ride in South Africa.

Sophie Neville in South Africa-Sophie Neville in South Africa-

Highlights of 2014

Book signing at Waterstones in Lymington becoming bestseller of the day.

Sophie Neville signing books in Waterstones

Canine Partners at Drapers Hall in the presence of HRH Duchess of Gloucester.


Cotswold Life Author’s Lunch At Lower Slaughter Manor.

Sophie Neville at the Cotswold Life Author's lunch - photoTWM

A talk for The Arthur Ransome Literary Day at Linlithgow in Scotland.

Sophie Neville on the Solent

Raising money for charity 2014 in Cowes, Isle of Wight

Filming with our otters in Scotland on the movie Scottish Mussel

Sophie Neville with Beanie the Otter

Charity sheep drive across London Bridge as featured in the Times.

Event for inner City children at Countryside Live – Lee Valley, London

Nelson's canon

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 TV

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 in the studio with her camera

Sophie Neville on BBC Radio Cumbria with Westmorland Gazette weekend feature

Sophie Neville signing books in Ambleside

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

Sophie Neville Q&A in Cumbria

 Sophie Neville on ‘Woman to Woman’

The Hackney PictureHouse Summer Family Film Festival with Q&A from Sophie Neville.


Hastings Pirate Day  Sophie introduced Swallows & Amazons at the Electric Palace  Cinema

Announcing the film to the pirates of Hastings

Presentation of books ~ Ladies of LBC

Chatted about appearing in ‘Cider with Rosie’ on  Mark Forrest Evening Show on BBC Radio

Mark Forrest

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 Westmorland 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

A talk on ‘The Secrets of filming Swallows & Amazons’ for Walhampton School.

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

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

Dulwich Film at the Michael Croft Theatre introducing a screening of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ .Sophie Neville with the film crew from Betty Television for Channel 4

On Channel 4 ~ ‘Compulsive Obsessive Cleaners’, documentary series on clearing out my mother’s house where Funnily Enough is set.


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 ~

iBelieve cover March

Highlights of 2012 ~ 
Suzanna Hamilton, Richard Pilbrow and Sophie Neville

Suzanna Hamilton, Richard Pilbrow and Sophie Neville

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.


Odeon Cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue

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.’


~ Talks and other events ~

Writer Sophie Neville

Advocating the use of the Kindle app in churches

A talk on China’s Bestseller in Winchester and an illustrated talk on ‘China’s Bestseller’ in Southampton.

The cast of the BBC serial 'Tenko'

Those involved in the BBC serial ‘Tenko’ reunited at the Imperial War Museum

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.

Sophie Neville filming in the Cotswolds

Sophie filming for Channel 4 ~ October 2012

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:

13th October ~ Funnily Enough did quite well in the UK free Kindle store promotion ~

  • #1 in the category ‘Parenting and Families’
  • #1 in the category  ‘Famiglia e relazioni‘ in Italy
    in the Amazon free Kindle stores.

The Quay Book Club discussed ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ with Sophie Neville.

20th Anniversary of City Barge.

The Drapers’ Academy Opening Celebration 

The Draper's Schallop ~ The Royal Thamesis

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

Ben Ainslie’s Olympic Celebration at the RLYC

Congratulating Ben Ainslie on his Olympic gold medal

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

Cumbria Life report on Sophie Neville’s visit to the Lake District

Alexina Trophy at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

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.

'Swallows and Amazons' broadcast on ITV3

‘Swallows and Amazons’ broadcast on ITV3 ~ May Bank Holiday

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.

China's Bestseller

Sophie Neville at Milford-on-Sea where she was giving a talk.

April 25th ~ Ride the Wings of Morning reaches # 2 in the Amazon UK Kindle store under the category Bestsellers in African Travel. Funnily Enough was sitting just under NIV Bible sales in UK Kindle Bestsellers in Non-Fiction.

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.

Sophie Neville

20th April ~ Richard Kay reports on Funnily Enough’s success in the Daily Mail

Sophie Neville with China’s Bestseller

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.

Dove Frieze

16th-18th April 2012 ~ The London Book Fair ~  promoting Funnily Enough and Ride the Wings of Morning.

Sophie Neville at the London Book Fair

18th April ~ The Kindle ebook of Funnily Enough, reached Number 2 in the free Amazon UK Kindle store downloading at the rate of 240 an hour: a new Amazon Bestseller.

Sophie Neville with Virginia McKenna

‘Man Friday!’ Sophie Neville with Virginia McKenna in 2012. Claude Whatham cast us as as daughter and Mother in 1973 when we took on the roles of Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday on a desert island in the Lake District.

 Kempsford Literary Festival, supporting Virginia McKenna who was speaking on her book ‘The Life in My Years’ and her work with the Born Free Foundation

Ben Fogel interviewing Suzanna Hamilton and Sophie Neville at Bank Ground Farm in cumbria

Ben Fogel interviewing Suzanna Hamilton and Sophie Neville at Bank Ground Farm in Cumbria.

Ben Fogel interviewing Suzanna Hamilton and Sophie Neville for BBC 1

A bottle of grog provided by members of The Arthur Ransome Society

 Previous Events

Sophie Neville at the House of Commons

Sophie Neville at The House of Commons

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 .

Sophie Neville with her husband outside Westminster Abbey

Sophie Neville with her husband Simon outside Westminster Abbey

Art Exhibition at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Illustrated talk by Sophie Neville on The making of Swallows and Amazons for The Arthur Ransome Society’s Literary Weekend 2011

Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville speaking on Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Guest appearance on Waterberg Waves, a Radio Station  in South Africa

Writer Sophie Neville with her new book 'Ride the Wings of Morning'

Sophie Neville with her book ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ #1 in the UK Amazon Kindle charts under the category ‘Travel Africa’

7 responses to “Events

  1. Wendy

    Very busy lady! I’ve been rather out of touch, and had no idea you’d been producing books and much more all these years. Well done a hundred fold over! It isn’t clear enough to me how to BUY your books, which I must now do… one of each is essential. Tell me where to click for a PayPal order.

    • The only books I have for sale at the moment can be found on
      You can certainly use Paypal. Your best bet is to click on The Book Depository UK as they will send out to S.Africa free of charge.
      I know you will want the next two, as you’ll know some of the characters – but I am still busy formatting in the artwork – it takes ages, I’m afraid. Please let me know if you’d like me to e-mail you a draft copy. It needs proof-reading!

  2. Anna Morton

    Dear Sophie,
    One of my friends has just told me about your website and I will definitely be reading it bit by bit to learn about the making of Swallows and Amazons, as I love the books and film.
    I also see that you are coming to give a talk at Orwell Park in March – I live in Ipswich and would love to come, but I’m not sure if it’s possible for someone who’s not connected with the school to come along? Do you have any more information?
    Many thanks,

  3. Anna Morton

    Thank you so much for finding out about the talk for me. Unfortunately I work full time, so I won’t be able to come. I hope it goes well and that the children are interested.
    Best wishes,

  4. Pingback: News of 2nd edition of ‘The Making of SWALLOWS and AMAZONS (1974)’ published by The Lutterworth Press on 25th May 2017 | Sophie Neville

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