Events

Sun 23rd April – 5.00pm –  A Talk at the Roseland Festival 2017 in St Mawes before a 6.30pm screening of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (1974) at the Hotel Tresanton cinema. To book Tickets £10 please click here. Stay for supper, which is available from 8.00pm – book direct with the hotel. Tel: Tresanton Hotel 01326 270055

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Roseland Festival 2017

This is the twelth year that the Roseland Festival has been held. To read more please click here

8th to 14th May 2017 – BooksEast Festival in Ispwich

Sophie Neville at The Nancy Blackett Day

Saturday 13th May – Sophie will be opening the Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree in Suffolk, celebrating the  20th Anniversary of the Nancy Blackett Trust and signing books. Come and look around Arthur Ransome’s yacht the Nancy Blackett, have lunch at the Butt and Oyster and visit the Pin Mill Studio

26th May – Opening talk at The Arthur Ransome Society weekend at Feldon Lodge near Hemel Hempstead followed by a celebration of ‘Winter Holiday’ with skating.

3rd June – A Q&A on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ at Kirby Stephen Community Arts near Ullswater, Cumbria

14th 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

17th to 23rd June 2017 Sailing Arthur Ransome’s yacht The Nancy Blackett in Holland.It is 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’.

15th July – Appearing at Mudeford Sailing Club’s Swallows & Amazons weekend

1st-3rd September – The Arthur Ransome Literary Weekend at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh

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 also be reading chapters, alongwith Christopher Wordsworth, the 4Xgreat grandson of the poet.

4th October 2017 talk on ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at Lymington Town Yacht Club.

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

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

8th March 2017 Talk ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ at Boldre Memorial Hall

Recent Events ~

14th February – With Henlease Book Group in Bristol discussing ‘Funnily Enough’

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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.

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December 2016 ~ A talk on making the landmark BBC series ‘The Hunt’ by award-winning producer Alastair Fothergill to raise funds for The Waterberg Trust.

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)

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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

Sophie Neville with Lt Gen and Mrs Chris Brown

Click here for the slideshow

September 2015 – 600th Anniversary of Agincourt at Chatsworth shooting the longbow

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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

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

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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

21st March on CBBC ~ Sophie appeared on Cinemaniacs.

Q&A singing copies of new DVD

January 2015 ~ A bit of exploration:  Sophie led the Waterberg Charity Ride through the game reserves of 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 London in the presence of HRH Duchess of Gloucester.

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Cotswold Life Author’s Lunch At Lower Slaughter Manor.

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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

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

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Sophie Neville with Lord Nelson’s canon

An evening with the Royal London Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight.

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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

Cinema screening of S&A

Brewery Arts Centre Cinema, Kendal screening with Q&A by Sophie Neville.

Lakeland Radio interview

Sophie Neville Q&A in Cumbria

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 Sophie Neville on ‘Woman to Woman’

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

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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

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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

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 – Sophie introduced 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 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.

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I want Cynthia to extend the de-cluttering challenge further a-field.

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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 ~

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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.

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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.’  Consent forms went whizzing across the Atlantic.

~ 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’
  • #9  in the category ‘Humour’
  • #1 in the category  ‘Famiglia e relazioni‘ in Italy
    in 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.

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 on Coniston Water.

Ben Ainslie’s Olympic Celebration at the RLYC

Congratulating Ben Ainslie on his Olympic gold medal

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

Barbury Castle Horse Trails  

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

Alexina Trophy at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Arthur Ransome tour of the Lake District reported in the North West Evening Mail

Sophie Neville on Coniston Water in the Lake District

Sophie Neville by Coniston Water in the Lake District with Mountain Goat

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, 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.

It reached #2 in Kindle Store > Books > Humour 

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21st April ~ Funnily Enough is #3 in Kindle Store > Books > Humour

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.

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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

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Sophie Neville speaking on Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

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

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Waterberg Waves Radio Station, South Africa ~ photo: Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville is profiled in the Lymington Times ~

Talk by Sophie Neville: Swallows and Amazons Forever! at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club

Mail Online – by Liz Thomas

The Telegraph – by Andrew Brown

The Daily Telegraph – by Anita Singh

The Guardian – by Ben Child

Variety – by Diana Lodderhose

Yachts and Yachting

Westmorland Gazette – by Rachel Ryan

Classic Boat – by Peter Willis with Sophie Neville

http://www.sailransome.org/photos

http://www.sailransome.org/relaunch

http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/swallow-sails-again-on-coniston/

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/photos/?s=64&PID=58283

http://www.intersail.co.uk/news/?article=155317

http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/516546/new-swallows-and-amazons-film

http://www.sailransome.org/london-boat-show

http://www.bankground.com/swallows/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0481437/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swallows_and_Amazons

6 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
      https://sophieneville.net/books-by-sophie-neville/
      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,
    Anna

  3. Anna Morton

    Hi,
    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,
    Anna

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