I am a mother, writer, teacher and activist living in South Devon with my family.
My blogging journey began in 2013 with the launch of sophieis.com. It was there I found the voice that had lain dormant for too many years, and began to carve out a new identity for myself as a writer and a mother.
With Raising Revolutionaries, I am focusing in on my passion for respectful parenting and education, and am keen to work with others who share my values and goals for children and young people.
One of my main priorities right now is enabling my eight year old son to find his place in the world, and nurturing his younger brother who arrived in September 2017. This little corner of the internet serves as a place for reflection and personal growth as I continue on my parenting journey.
My experiences as a mother shape and develop my beliefs about how we can best raise our children to lead happy and fulfilled lives, building on over twenty years’ experience of working with young people as a school leader, teacher, and arts practitioner – and now an enthusiastic member of the home education community. I am a facilitator with the awesome Mothers Who Make, and a member of Extinction Rebellion, working with both XR Families and XR Educators on local and national actions. I am also a trustee for Theatre Alibi, improving access to quality theatre performances for children and communities. I have recently joined the board of Phoenix Education, working to transform education though democratic, human-centred and rights-respecting structure and practices.
I am proud to have been a contributor to The Green Parent and JUNO magazines, writing about a variety of topics from the power of wild swimming for maternal mental health to building attachment with a preemie. You can see some examples of my published work here. I have developed particular expertise in writing about babywearing, blogging for Connecta and Integra Baby.
I have particularly loved having the opportunity more recently to discuss my ideas with others and to share them with a wider audience on local television and radio channels, and also podcasts.
You can hear me talking about motherhood, creativity and activism as part of Dreadnought South West‘s ‘Occupy the Airwaves’ programme for International Women’s Day on Phonic FM here:
Here you can listen to me discussing home education during a global pandemic with Gerry Scullion from The Human Centered Design Network:
This podcast is a recording of a workshop I facilitated for the 2020 Freedom to Learn forum, exploring the question of how self-directed education can empower children to create a better future.
In 2021 I was interviewed by Esther Jones from A Place on a Hill for a podcast about raising empowered people and trusting ourselves.
And you can hear more of my poetry in the final episode of this series too:
My latest project is a book based on the themes and ideas in this blog. I am currently actively seeking representation so please get in touch if you would like to read the proposal.
If you think we might have something to offer each other then don’t hesitate to drop me a line. Who knows where it may lead?