Both a creative entrepreneur and emerging poet, Sophie-Louise first came to Loughborough in 2009. Holding a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing (both received from Loughborough University), Sophie is now studying for her part-creative PhD, for which she was awarded a Glendonbrook Fellowship and expects to complete in 2016-17.
Since first graduating in 2012, Sophie has founded an award-winning creative enterprise; The Student Wordsmith is an online creative writing and publishing platform, specifically aimed at a student and graduate audience. Following its launch in April 2013, The Student Wordsmith has hosted its first National writing competition, published two editions of its first anthology (now available on Amazon), and was named ‘Overall Winner of Graduate Enterprise’ at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards 2014.
Her vested interest in contemporary poetry, including both radical and experimental genres, has given rise to a number of Sophie’s own poems being selected for publication in some really original works, including the recently-launched magbook Petrie 66.
It is her enthusiasm to encourage collaboration across the art forms that has been the inspiration for her latest and forthcoming venture. An online home to her numerous innovative projects and professional services, In2Collision is the place where corporate meets creative (launching in January 2015).
You can listen to more about Sophie's research and hear some of her poems in the latest Brum Radio Poets show with Helen Calcutt:
Verbatim poetry takes its form, originally, from the techniques of verbatim theatre, which, as Derek Paget identifies, ‘employs (largely or exclusively) tape-recorded material from the “real-life” originals’ of its characters and events.’ (Paget, 1987, p.317)
Initiated in October 2013, Sophie’s research is a part-creative project that explores the technique of verbatim in poetry in order to create a ground-breaking body of work that will demonstrate practice as research.
Through both academic study and creative practice, In Verbatim’s three main objectives are:
Implementing Technique:To take the technique of verbatim (as used in earlier theatre practice), and apply it to the genre of poetry.
Exploring The Event:To explore a historical event of significant social, cultural and political importance (in this case the riots across England during 2011), through a contemporary and innovative medium.
Representing You:To give a voice to the individuals and communities involved in or affect by this event who have, for one reason or another, been under-represented in media reportage and coverage of the 2011 riots.
By drawing upon earlier forms of verbatim theatre and contemporary poetry, it will also ask questions surrounding sourcing material, authorship and ethics of practice.
It is hoped that this research project will result in an original collection of work (including print, digital and performance literature) that will engage both under-represented and unconventional audiences with poetry and literature. In summary, this study will transform individual testimonies, which explore the 2011 riots across England, into a new form of poetry that is both more accessible to and representative of its communities.
Dr Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in Creative Writing
Dr Emily Keightley, Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies
‘The Verbatim Interrogation of Strangers: 'Placing' and the Liminal Identity in the Auto/Biographical Writings of Bhanu Kapil Rider’, conference paper, Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network, Liverpool John Moore’s University, 4 July 2014
‘The Verbatim Interrogation of Strangers: Transgressive Poetics in the Auto/Biographical Writings of Bhanu Kapil Rider’, conference paper, Transitions and Transgressions, Loughborough University, 11 September 2014.
‘Giving Community a Voice with Soup Kitchen Solidarity*: Using Verbatim in Creative Writing’, conference paper, National Association of Writers in Education, 15 November 2014.
'"Tweet, Tweet": The Practice of Crowd-sourced Poetry in establishing Online Imagined Communities', conference paper, The Place for Poetry Festival, Goldsmiths University, 7-8 May 2015.
'Using Verbatim in Poetry', Writing in Education, Issue 66 (NAWE, July 2015), pp. 56-9.
'Between the Wordsmith and the Writing', presentation, PGR Inspiring Research Conference, Loughborough University, 11 November 2015.
'"The Birmingham Lootings of 2011": Representing Imagined Communities in Verbatim Poetry', conference paper, National Association of Writers in Education, Durham, 15 November 2015.
Sophie has had a number of her creative works published, including eight to ten poems which were anonymously selected for inclusion in The Student Wordsmith’s You is for University (2014) anthology. These include: ‘Goodbye to Ice Cream’ (2013), ‘It’s a Knockout’ (2013) and ‘Lost to Man’ (2012).
Two poems from the collection, United We Stand, written as part of my creative PhD thesis have recently been published by The Worcester Journal.
The journal is based in Central Massachusetts and both '10th August 2011' and 'On Monday Night' were published by the magazine in March 2016.
The poems can also be read on the journal's website: http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/magazine/2016/3/9/o9auah6z4ikyydqkk3apt8jdspqz60
Most recent publications:
'The Rebel', PETRIe 66 (October 2014)
'Still, Credited to a Woman', Inspired by my Museum (SAMPAD, November 2014)
'Roszke Detention Centre, Hungary', Refugees Welcome: Poems in a Time of Crisis (Eyewear Publishing, November 2015)
'Finding the Flow', a facilitated poetry workshop for the senior management teams of Anglian Water, in partnership with Loughborough University's School of Business and Economics and Lane4, 18 November 2015.
'Satisfaction', PETRIe Inventory (December 2014)
'Which Side of the Cow do you Find Yourself On?', PETRIe Inventory (December 2014)
'It Was Her Body', PETRIe Inventory, e-magazine (June 2015)