Sophie was born in Jakarta
in 1959 to French parents but spent much of her early childhood with
her grandmother in France before coming to live in Australia in 1963.
Her upbringing was truly multicultural as French was spoken at home
and she regularly travelled back to the tiny south-western French village
of Empeaux. From an early age she loved writing stories, finding that
they helped her make sense of the world.
Sophie went to university
in Sydney and Armidale and now lives in Armidale with her husband and
three children. Her first novel, The House in the Rainforest
(published in 1990), was for adults but the books she has written since
have mainly been for children and teenagers. However, she is also a
short story writer, occasional essayist and journalist, contributing
regularly to newspapers and magazines including The Australian
and The Australian Book Review, Quadrant, The Guardian
(UK), Magpies and Viewpoint. As well as making a vigorous
and significant contribution to the children's book world Sophie has
recently been appointed to a three year position on the Literature Board
of the Australia Council..
Sophie's strong interest
in Arthurian legend led to her involvement as one of the organisers
of the Grail Quest festival held at Sydney University in June 1999 and
the Camelot Day celebrations at Macquarie University in April 2000.
She is the president of the Arthurian Association of Australia.
include The Opera Club, The Sun is Rising, The Secret,
The Tiger, Cold Iron, The Forest of Dreams (an adult
fantasy trilogy based around the life and work of the twelfth-century
poet, Marie de France), The Tempestuous Voyage of Hopewell
Shakespeare, In Hollow Lands, Snow, Fire, Sword, and most recently, the Thomas Trew series. Sophie was also the editor of The
Road to Camelot, a collection of stories written by
prominent Australian children's authors, based on Arthurian characters.
As well as crossing age barriers, Sophie likes to write within
different genres and has successfully written both fantasy and
'realistic' fiction as well as novels combining both elements.
She also likes to play tricks with prose and enjoys threading
elements of mystery and suspense throughout all her books.
Sophie regularly visits schools
to offer talks and workshops and is happy to work with all age groups
Y3 - Y12. She is able to speak on a number of different topics related
to her work, for example writing and publishing books, journalism, her
extensive knowledge of Arthurian legend, the importance of myth and
fairytale in modern society.
More information is available
Feedback from Sophie's school
workshop. Creating a fantasy world was lots of fun."
"Excellent information given to students. Great questions asked
by students and Sophie's answers were all honest and encouraging for
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