Sophie Hardcastle is a twenty-five-year-old author, artist, screenwriter and scholar in English literature.
Australian born, she now resides in Oxford, England working as a research assistant at the University of Oxford. In 2018, she was a Provost's Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford University. She is one of the first two Australians to receive this scholarship.
Her forthcoming novel, Below Deck has sold for publication in 2020 to Allen & Unwin (ANZ), Prometheus (The Netherlands), Kein & Aber (Germany), and Allen & Unwin UK (United Kingdom).
Sophie is also the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of the Australian webseries, Cloudy River, which was made with completion funding from Queer Screen, and principal funding from Screen Australia. The show is produced by unko, and distributed by Escapade Media.
Previously in Australia, Sophie completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), majoring in painting, in 2016. She completed Honours in Visual Arts at SCA on an academic scholarship from the University of Sydney in 2017, graduating with First Class Honours and an Academic Merit Award.
Sophie's memoir, Running like China is published by Hachette and was released in September 2015. Her debut novel for young adults, Breathing Under Water is also published by Hachette and was released in July 2016. Bolinda Audio publishes both books as audio books.
In addition to her books, Sophie has written for various magazine publications, including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Anthroposphere Review, The Stick, Surfing World and Damaged Goods Zine. Her art has appeared in The Mays Anthology, and RISE (Oxford Climate Review).