Sophie Atherton trained and qualified as a broadcast journalist, but her first writing job was as a reporter for a weekly local paper. After this she went on to work as a journalist and newsreader in local radio, before taking up a role as a press officer for the RSPB – which enabled her to combine her love of writing with a passion for bird watching.

Since 2010 she has been a freelance journalist, with bylines in a diverse range of publications – everywhere from The Guardian to The Daily Telegraph and beyond. Somewhere along the way two more of her great loves, beer and pubs, became a focus for her writing and the subject of her first book. Despite this, she continues to write about anything that interests her, with nature being her main inspiration.

In her spare time she likes a busman’s holiday, having a pint or two in good pubs wherever she find them, and birdwatching – which has been her hobby for more than 20 years. She also enjoys reading and walking – but not at the same time or she’d crash into things.

Freelance journalist – for hire

If you’re interested in commissioning Sophie, drop her a line at: sophieatherton@gmx.com 

Find links to a selection of Sophie’s cuttings/previously published work on the Journalism & Books page. She’s also an experienced broadcaster, podcaster and public speaker able to take on radio, TV and speaking gigs – contact her for details of her availability and fees.