Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Sophie Nicholls
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Sophie Nicholls was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She studied and worked in Trieste, Edinburgh and London before returning to her native Yorkshire, where she now lives in York.

She has a DPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex where her research established a framework for the use of writing in personal and professional development and in health care settings. She has worked as a ‘writing mentor’ with the organisation Freedom from Torture, helping people to work through painful experiences through writing and story.

She now works as a therapist and coach and runs the Word Sauce writing e-courses.


Refugee (2011, Salt)

Poems in Promises to Keep (ed. Dean Parkin, Jerwood/Arvon, 2004)


Awards and prizes:

Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, 2002

Arvon Jerwood Young Poet Apprenticeship, 2003

Shortlisted, The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, 2005

Second, Third and Yorkshire Prize, Elmet Poetry Competition, 2009

Advanced Poetry Seminar, The Poetry Trust, 2010

Academic publications:

Writing the Body: Ways in which creative writing can facilitate a felt, bodily sense of self. (2006) DPhil thesis. University of Sussex.

‘Beyond Expressive Writing: Evolving Models of Developmental Creative Writing.’ (2009) Journal of Health Psychology. Vol. 14 No. 2, 171-180


Sophie’s website: wordsaucery.com



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