‘Swallows and Amazons'(1974) in which Sophie Neville plays the heroine, Titty, is to be Broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday 30th August.

BBC Children in Need 2020 @BBCCCiN will be taking bids for a signed, hardback, first edition of ‘The secrets of filming Swallows & Amazons’ – based on diaries kept whilst making the original film in 1974.

Online bidding will take place for Lot 108 – in the category ‘Autobiography’- along with many other books by bestselling authors, here 

Great British Beach Clean – 11th to 28th September #SolentBeachClean with Keep Britain Tidy. You can see some of the weird things we’ve collected recently here.

Sophie has been hosting a competition on photographing books for Instagram  –


For the ‘Chick Lit and Proscecco’ online festival with a Facebook Live talk followed by an interactive workshop now online.


May-July 2020 – Lockdown Tales – broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Sound with a Wonderfulbeasts podcast featuring Sophie Neville reading for children. You can listen to it here:


‘Lockdown Tales’ brings together a fantastic array of readers – Miranda Raison, Gemma Jones, Dame Penelope Wilton, Diana Quick, Sophie Neville, Hilary Greatorex, Sam Wright, Emily Holt and many more brilliant voices, as well as authors reading their own work. All have recorded themselves at home, reading stories and poetry dedicated to children they can’t be with due to Coronavirus.

Wonderful Beast

With original music composed by Sylvia Hallett, the collection will from Thursday be made available for free for children worldwide, in a podcast series hosted by #WonderfulBeast. Follow-up resources for home-schooling activities will be available on our website, encouraging children to respond creatively to the tales they’ve heard.

picts-and-martyrs- book reading


May 2020 – Marathon reading of The Picts and The Martyrs by Arthur Ransome – an IF NOT DUFFERS production

Future events ~

Meet the Author – interviewing Rupert Wieloch at Pilgrims’s Old Library Winchester – discussing his book Churchill’s Prisoners – Drinks are served at 7.30 and the talk starts at 8 pm.

Rowing the Draper’s Shallop at Henley Royal Regatta 2021

TBC December 2020 – A talk on Ride The Wings of Morning for Brokenhurst Probus at Balmer Lawn

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

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

Brewery Arts Centre Logo


Recent events ~

  • Highlights of 2019 ~
    • Sailing up the coast of Norway, meeting Stacey Dooley in Bodo above the Arctic Circle
    • Won Ladies Championship for long-bow archery
    • Romantic Novelist Association Conference at Lancaster University
    • Worcestershire Archery Society at Blackmore Park
    • Great British Spring Clean 2019 celebration at the House of Commons
    • 30 Days Wild with the Wildlife Trusts
    • Great British Beach Clean with Keep Britain Tidy
    • A talk on charts and maps for Brokenhurst Probus at Balmer Lawn Hotel.
    • 24th-27th May 2019 – The Arthur Ransome Society IAGM in Lyndhurst, New Forest
Sophie Neville at the House of Commons with the Director of Clean Up Britain and Heroes of the Great British Spring Clean 2019
Sophie Neville at the House of Commons with Heroes of the GBSC 2019

Highlights of 2018 ~

Sophie Neville with Robin Pratley and Swallow

BBC Radio Cumbria Mike Zeller


TWT Ride 2018 team photo at Lindani

 Highlights of 2017~

Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree


Highlights of 2016 ~


DSCF4560Diver Dan Travers with Sophie Neville-

Highlights of 2015 ~

Chatsworth 2-Sophie Neville shooting at Chatsworth-

  • TARS summer camp, Chichester Harbour, with ‘Swallow’ from the film.

Sophie Neville at Curious

Photo: George Ping

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

Swallows and Amazons at the Belfast Film Festival-‘Swallows and Amazons'(1974) screened at the Belfast Film Festival-

DSCF3445-Sophie Neville with the Town Crier of Windsor-

Q&A ar Riverside Screening

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

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

Highlights of 2014

  • Book signing at Waterstones in Lymington becoming bestseller of the day.
  • Canine Partners at Drapers Hall in the presence of HRH Duchess of Gloucester.


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

Sophie Neville on the Solent

Sophie Neville with Beanie the Otter

Nelson's canon

Sophie Neville with Lord Nelson’s canon


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 signing books in Ambleside

Sophie Neville with film fans

 Sophie Neville on ‘Woman to Woman’


Announcing the film to the pirates of Hastings

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

Sophie Neville supporting Comic Relief

Sophie Neville supporting Comic Relief on Red Nose Day

Huge thanks to all supporters.

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.


  • 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


~ Talks and other events ~

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
Writer Sophie Neville
Advocating the use of the Kindle app in churches
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.

Congratulating Ben Ainslie on his Olympic gold medal
  • Archery with the longbow at Meriden

'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

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.

 Previous Events

Sophie Neville at the House of Commons
Sophie Neville at The House of Commons
Sophie Neville with her husband outside Westminster Abbey
Sophie Neville with her husband Simon outside Westminster Abbey
Sophie Neville
Sophie Neville speaking on Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
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 thoughts on “Events”

  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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,

    1. Dear Anna,

      If you would like to come to the talk at Orwell Park School please contact Mrs Sarah Howell who teaches there (and is also a friend of mine). Her e-mail is I will write to her saying you were interested.

      I’ve been asked to speak to the 12 and 13 year olds but think some of the parents might come along. It’ll be on the Monday afternoon – 19th March.

      Hoping you can come – Sophie

  3. 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,

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