Events 2019


Given Covid19, I am now offering virtual visits. This means that schools and groups can have a short "visit" that is budget-friendly and conducted over video. This has been working really well, with groups able to listen to me telling a story or interview me about my writing. I am also currently working on a middle grade adventure series (I am published as Sophie Draper), so able to read and talk about that too. Please contact me to discuss further (Email: or tel 01332 840007).

Sophie offers storytelling performances for all ages, workshops, talks and one to one coaching on storytelling, writing and presentation skills.

She's quite happy to travel, and even takes bookings overseas, but bear in mind you need to factor in travel and accommodation costs. Every job is different, so do get in touch to discuss details and get a quote. If you would like make an enquiry, you can...

       Email Sophie on:

       Or telephone her on: 01332 840007.

For more information about Sophie's published books, please see her author website:

Not every commitment is listed below, as it's hard to keep the website that up to date with the diary - but here's a flavour of what Sophie does:



Mon 13th, 10am - 1pm - Derbyshire Museum Heritage Forum, staff workshops.

Mon 27th, 3.30pm - S. Anslems School, Bakewell, storytelling event at Bakewell Bookshop.


Mon 10th, 2pm - School author visit, Derbyshire, as part of the Aspire Project.

Sun 16th, 2pm onwards - Buxton High Peak Bookstore, book signing event.

Mon 24th, 2pm - School author visit, Derbyshire, as part of the Aspire Project.

MARCH 2020

Mon 2nd - 3rd, daytime - Oxford visit, private event.

Wed 4th, daytime - School storytelling, Derbyshire, World Book Week.

Thurs 5th, daytime - School storytelling, Nottinghamshire, World Book Week.

Fri 6th, daytime - School storytelling, Derby, World Book Week.

Thurs 12th, 7.30pm - Ladies Group, Holymoor, storytelling and book talk.

Mon 23rd, daytime - School storytelling, Derby. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

Tues 24th, daytime - Nottingham High School, school storytelling. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN

Sat 28th, 6pm - family storytelling; and 8pm adult storytelling, at the Church Hall, Ilkeston UR Church, Green Spire. Tickets (including food) available from Coleen on 07773 358834 or Susan on 0115 932 0213. POSTPONED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

MAY 2020

Tues 5th, eve - Belper Library opening event - author talk, details to follow. POSTPONED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

Mon 11th, 2.30pm - Take Heart, Derby, storytelling. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

Sat 30th, 10am - 4pm - Glossop Victorian & Heritage Weekend, storytelling for all ages. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

Sun 31st, 4.30pm - Derby Book Festival, DEDA, Author Panel, along with Jo Jakeman and Roz Watkins. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

JUNE 2020

Sat 6th, daytime - Nottingham Trent University / Forest Schools training day, Keynote address and storytelling workshops "Creative Roots into Storytelling - developing language and communication outdoors." POSTPONED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

Sat 13th, daytime - writer one-to-one sessions , a series of Zoom / telephone advice sessions with Sophie, organised in conjunction with LoveLit Derbyshire. FULLY BOOKED.

Fri 19th, 2pm - Worksop U3A, talk. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

Tues 30th, 2pm - Tues Ripley Club, Derbyshire, talk. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN.

JULY 2020

Fri 3rd, 2pm - Derby Stroke Club, storytelling. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN


Sat 5th, 10 - 11.30am - Writers workshop on "Writing Psychological Thrillers", organised in conjunction with LoveLit Derbyshire. To book, follow link on EventBrite, or contact Sophie by email VIDEO WORKSHOP via ZOOM.

Tues 8th, 7.30pm - Ashby Writers Group, Leicestershire, talk.

Sat 26th, 10 - 12noon - Writers workshop on "Editing", organised in conjunction with LoveLit Derbyshire. To book, follow to EventBrite, or contact Sophie by email VIDEO WORKSHOP via ZOOM.


Sat 17th, 10 - 12noon - Writers workshop on "Submitting to Agents", organised in conjunction with LoveLit Derbyshire, booking details to follow, or contact Sophie by email VIDEO WORKSHOP via ZOOM.


Tues 15th, 7pm - National Trust Derby & District Members Group, Landau Forte College, Derby, "Winter Tales".


Sat 26th, 10am - 1pm - Derby Museum, family storytelling to mark the start of National Storytelling Week.

Mon 28th, daytime - School Visit, Worcestershire.


Thurs 7th, 7.30pm - Wingerworth Ladies Club, Derbyshire, talk on storytelling.

Wed 27th, 9.30am - 3pm - School Visit, Nottinghamshire.

MARCH 2019

Fri 1st, all day - School Visit, Derbyshire.

Sun 3rd - Wed 6th, incl - School Visits, Spain.

Thurs 7th, all day - School Visit, Leicestershire.

Fri 8th, 9.30am - 3pm - School Visit, Derby.

Fri 15th, 2.15pm - Derby Stroke Group, Derby, songs and stories.

Thurs 28th, 6.30pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

APRIL 2019

Sun 7th, 2pm - Wirksworth Book Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, talk and Q&A.

Tues 30th - publication date for The Stranger in Our Home, the Canadian version of Cuckoo.

MAY 2019

Thurs 2nd, 7pm - Writers in the Peak, Bakewell, Derbyshire, workshop & author visit.

Mon 13th, 6.30pm - Derby Book Festival, Trent College, Derby Rd, Long Eaton, NG10 4AD, reading & book signing.

Wed 15th, 7pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

Fri 17th, 7pm - Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Derbyshire, an evening of Gothic Tales, storytelling for adults.

Wed 22nd, 7pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

Thurs 30th, 7pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

JUNE 2019

Sat 2nd, 11.30am - Derby Book Festival, DEDA, Derby, author event & book signing.

Mon 3rd, 7pm - Private Booking, Derby, Derbyshire Folktales.

Wed 5th - Sun 9th, incl - Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, storytelling for RHS Flower Show.

Wed 12th, 1 - 3.30pm - School Visit, Nottingham.

Mon 24th, 2pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

Tues 25th, 7 - 9pm - Bakewell Bookshop, Matlock St, Bakewell, DE45 1EE - author event and book signing.

JULY 2019

Mon - Wed 8th - 9th, daytime - Private Booking, Nottinghamshire, storytelling for National Literacy Trust.

Tues 16th - 12 - 5pm - Private Booking, Derby.

Sat 20th, 2 - 5pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.


Thurs 15th - Fri 16th, all day - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

Sat 17th, all day - Derbyshire Noir Festival, Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell St, Chesterfield, S40 1QN - author events.

Mon 19th - Fri 23rd incl, 11 - 4pm each day - Crich Tramway Museum, family storytelling for Woodland Week.


Sat 7th, 2pm - Guest spot on behalf of Derby Book Festival on the Market Square stage, Derby. An event helping to raise awareness for mental health. Book signing for any that wish it afterwards.

Mon 9th, 3 to 5pm - Private Booking, Derbyshire.

Tues 10th, 7.30pm - Longford WI, Derbyshire, Ghost stories.

Sun 15th, 11.30am - The Other Worlds Workshop Weekend, Nottingham Writers Studio, Hockley, NG1 1FH, workshop on psychological thrillers.

Sat 21st, 3pm - Duffield Arts Festival, author talk and book signing,Ecclesbourne School, Wirksworth Rd, Duffield, DE56 4GS.

Wed 25th, 7pm - Cultural Crossing, Sandiacre (Buonissima Bar / Restaurant, 14, Station Rd, Sandiacre, NG10 5BG), reading.

Fri 27th, 10am to 12 noon - Private Booking, Nottingham.

Mon 30th, all day - School Visit, Nottinghamshire.


Fri 4th, 7.30pm - Private Booking, reading group visit, Yorkshire.


Fri 15th, 7pm - Derbyshire Writers panel, Ashbourne Town Hall, Market Place, Ashbourne, DE6 1ES. With Stephen Booth, Sarah Ward and Roz Watkins.

Tues 19th - School booking tbc.

Wed 20th, 10am - 3pm - Crich Tramway Museum, staff workshop.

Thurs 21st, 12 noon - 2pm - Lace Market Theatre, storytelling workshop for adults.

Tues 26th, 6 - 7.30pm - Magpie Book Launch, Waterstones, 78-80, St Peter's Street, Derby, DE1 1SR. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so places must be pre-booked. Simply email Sophie at Magpie officially goes on sale in the UK on Thurs 28th Nov, but copies will be available (and signed) at the launch event on 27th.

Thurs 28th, 6.30pm - Tissington Hall, Derbyshire - storytelling (private event).

Thurs 28th - Magpie officially goes on sale in the UK.

Fri 29th - UK Ghost Story Festival, QUAD at Derby, running workshop, 3 - 5pm, on Elements of the Ghost Story.

Sat 30th - UK Ghost Story Festival, QUAD at Derby, author panels at 12 noon and 3pm.


Wed 11th, 10.15am - Little Eaton Ladies Coffee Club, Little Eaton, Derbyshire, Seasonal tales.