Sophie Atherton - Freelance Journalist


After around 20 years in the business I have more cuttings than I know what to do with.. These are just a few examples of my previous work. Some are in the form of links to the website on which the item appears but where the piece isn't available online I've reproduced it so it can be read here.

One of my Morning Advertiser (MA) columns, about the art of conversation and the changing way we use pubs:

Another MA column, this time about how pubs that 'go green' can attract more customers:

I wrote this feature about the UK's first Trappist brewery for The Daily Telegraph:

These two interviews with 'real ale heroes' appeared in CAMRA's BEER magazine:
E Gadd brewer and
Dr P Darby hop expert.

Two more of my MA columns, about the benefits of a quiet pub and, conversely, the joy of pub gigs:

I wrote a beer column for Great British Food magazine for a couple of years, here's two of them on beer & cheese and lager respectively

I wrote this piece, about an American beer dinner at the posh and trendy Kitty Fisher's restaurant in Mayfair, for Fiona Beckett's Matching Food & Wine website:

This review of the pub on Lundy island ran in the Telegraph's Pint to Pint column (you can also find it and some of my other columns in the Pint to Pint compilation, published by Icon Books):

This feature on how to grow your own hops appeared in the Telegraph:

This is a news piece I wrote for The Guardian:

This is a piece I wrote for The Guardian's Word of Mouth food blog:

This piece appeared in The Guardian's G2 section:

I did this interview, with New Model Army's Justin Sullivan, for Cornwall Today magazine:
Cornwall character feature

I was asked to write this short piece for an RSPB booklet 'Celebrating Seabirds':
The magic of seabirds

This article appeared in the, sadly now defunct, magazine Devon Today:
Inspired by nature

I wrote this piece about Steve Knightley of folk duo Show of Hands, for Dorset magazine:
Made in Dorset

Sophie Atherton - Freelance Journalist

I am an experienced journalist and broadcaster, with a background in newspapers, radio and PR. I'm available for regular or occasional writing gigs; media consultancy & training; public speaking and radio & TV expert interviews/punditry.

My specialist subjects include (but aren't restricted to), birdwatching, nature, the environment, pubs and beer.

To discuss commissions, rates and availability contact me at: or on +44 (0)7946 112025.


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