Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville is currently launching The Making of Swallows & Amazons, a filmography of the 1974 feature film in which she played the part of Titty as a child. Although encouraged to work as an actor, she gained a BA in Anthropology at Durham University and forged a career in television production at the BBC, writing a number of the dramas and documentaries that she produced. The story of an abrupt change in her life is told in Funnily Enough, a self-published memoir that became a bestseller on Kindle and won her third prize in the International Rubery Book Award 2013. The sequel Ride the Wings of Morning tells of her escapades in southern Africa while she was working as a wildlife artist, freelancing for the BBC and researching her current project, the true story of a Commonwealth soldier who became a prisoner to the Japanese in WWII.

Sophie is President of The Arthur Ransome Society, a member of ACW and a Director of Witness Films Ltd. An official speaker for Bible Society, she often gives talks on Swallows & Amazons to raise funds for the Waterberg Welfare Society, a charity which addresses HIV/AIDS in a corner of rural South Africa where she lived for twelve years.