Sophie Kirtley


Sophie Kirtley is a prize-winning poet and children’s author.

Her best-selling debut novel, The Wild Way Home, was published by Bloomsbury in 2020; it was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize. Sophie’s second book, The Way to Impossible Island, was selected as one of the Best Children’s Paperbacks of 2021 by Waterstones and several national newspapers. Her poetry for children and for adults has been widely published in journals and anthologies. Sophie is currently working on a contemporary middle grade novel to be published by Bloomsbury in autumn 2024.

Sophie grew up in Northern Ireland where she spent her childhood climbing on hay bales, rolling down sand dunes and leaping the raw Atlantic waves. Nowadays she lives in Wiltshire with her husband, three children and their mini-menagerie of pets and wild things. Sophie loves reading, writing and inspiring others to be creative too.