March 2012 – Author – Sophia Blackwell



Sophia Blackwell was born in Newcastle in 1982 and read English at Oxford, where she began her career as a spoken word artist. She has performed her poetry at some of the UK’s biggest festivals and venues and her first collection, Into Temptation, was published in 2009 by Tollington Press. Her other writings have been published in Diva, Trespass, Fuselit and Rising and her short stories included in the Limehouse Books anthologies Boys & Girls and Men & Women. Sophia lives in London. After My Own Heart is her first novel.

LNL Questionnaire 

Your favourite virtue?

Humility. A quiet thing, but it always shines out.

Your favourite qualities in a man?

Gentleness and not explaining the offside rule.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?


Your main characteristic?

Animation. Some people see it as mania but I feel they just haven’t had enough coffee.

What draws you most to your friends?

I’m drawn to unconventional people who choose to live the life that suits them. But I understand those who don’t.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?

Someone’s mind. It’s about the only thing I can change.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?

Dorothy Parker, though I imagine it would be a liquid lunch.

Your idea of happiness?

Spending a day cooking a huge meal for the people I love, spending lazy hours at the table surrounded by them all and then topping it off with a drunken jam session.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?

Whether I’m alone or with someone, I like to start it with strong coffee and end it with an excuse to dress up. If I can fit in a cake break, even better.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?

Frida Kahlo. She gave life the respect and lust that it deserves. And she had monkeys.

Where would you most like to live?

New York; it keeps the same hours as I do.

Who is your favourite author?

That’s a really tough one, but I’m very fond of Anne Tyler and Helen Dunmore.

Who is your favourite poet?

Philip Larkin. Not very lesbian, I know (but he clearly wished he was, so maybe that counts).

Your favourite heroes in fiction?

Alex Portnoy, Alex DeLarge, George Bone in Hangover Square, Winston Smith, Stingo in Sophie’s Choice, Jonathan in The Travelling Hornplayer.

Your favourite heroines in fiction?

Pippi Longstocking, Jo March, Lily Bart, Daisy Goodwill in The Stone Diaries, Fevvers in Nights at the Circus, and the unfairly maligned Bridget Jones.

Your favourite painters?

Frida, Picasso, Bacon and Freud- anyone bold.

Who is your favourite composer?

Beethoven. I look like him on bad days too.

What is your favourite Film?

Pulp Fiction. It’s a combination of the non-linear story, the killer lines, the soundtrack, the junk food and Uma Thurman’s wig. Don’t judge me.

Your favourite food?

If it’s lardy, spicy and stands up to red wine, I’m probably gonna eat it.

Your favourite drink?

See previous question.

Who do you most admire?

Elizabeth Taylor; another woman who knew how to live (crazily, with shedloads of passion and bling. RIP).

What is your present state of mind?


For what fault have you most toleration?

I don’t like it when it motivates people to behave badly or hurt others, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t understand envy or insecurity.

Your favourite motto?

Keep buggering on.


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