About the Author

 

Sophie Buchaillard was born in Paris in a family defined by travel and a blending of languages and cultures. She herself travelled across Europe, the United States and Africa and lived in Bordeaux (France), Salamanca (Spain), Merrill (NY-USA) and London, settling in South Wales by accident.

 

Originally trained as a political scientist, she worked for student and environmental charities and the Higher Education sector for twenty years, as a researcher, a strategist and a policy advisor, set up a business as a leadership coach supporting women returning from maternity leave, and co-authored Talented Women for a Successful Wales, a report making recommendations to the Welsh Government on improving gender parity in business and education. 

 

In 2019, she left it all behind to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a writer and to show her children that it is never too late to follow your passion. She completed an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with distinction.

 

Sophie writes contemporary fiction and 'decolonised' travel literature, inspired by her and her family's travels, and short stories that reflect on the anxieties of our age. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Wales Arts Review, Murmurations Magazine, the Other Side of Hope and Square Wheel Press. Her debut novel This Is Not Who We Are is out in June 2022 (Seren Books). 

 

Now a doctoral candidate, she tutors in creative writing at Cardiff University, alongside writing an experimental autofiction and co-hosting a literary podcast @Writers_reading.

Sophie lives in Penarth with her family.

 

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