Sophie F Baker: poet, designer, swing dancer, writer, photographer, bicycler, crafter [& horse]


Sophie F Baker is a poet, among other things, now based in Little Paxton, near St Neots in Huntingdonshire. She lives with her other half and her four side-kicks: Hyphen, Bracket and Asterisk (Or -)*) the rats, and Mugetsu the black Maine Coon. She is inspired by the indefatigably poetic nature of ordinariness, the endotic exotic, and has performed her work at events and festivals including the Sunday Assembly, Durham Book Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Morden Tower, The Poetry Cafe, the Lit & Phil Library, Trashed Organ and StAnza, St Andrews' festival of poetry.

She is a co-founding editor of the biannual print poetry magazine Butcher's Dog, which was funded by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts. Sophie co-edited issues three, with Amy Mackelden and Jake Campbell, four, with The Poetry School, and eight, with Amy Mackelden and Clare Pollard.

Her own work has been published in three anthologies by The Emma Press (of Age, of Dance and Urban Myths and Legends) and in magazines such as Popshot, Poetry London, magma, Smiths Knoll, The Rialto, Iota, Horizon Review, Ferment and Pomegranate, as well as being read on BBC Radio 4. In 2010 she was awarded the Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North for her poetry, and in 2012 received an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors. In 2017 she was placed in The Rialto/RSPB Nature and Place Poetry Competition, judged by Kathleen Jamie.

She first appeared on the internet, poetically speaking, under the guise 'Catalogue 25' where she blogged a creative post every day for a year, most of which were poetry. She is continuing her daily blogging with a project for 2017-18, Catalogue 34, where she is recording her daily encounters with creatures and other wild earthlings, tempered by keeping tabs on global environmental news, all with a view to raising awareness about environmental issues.

She used to work at Mslexia, was Marketing Manager of The Poetry Society for four years and now works at the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, where she's in the charge of the members' magazine Local Wildlife. She is compiling her first collection. In 2016, she was one of the TOAST poets.