About me

About me

I’m a qualified journalist who’s been in the business for more than 15 years. For the last few years my day job has mostly been writing about beer and pubs, but I used to work in conservation (both as a journalist for the RSPB and as a practical volunteer) and before that I was a newspaper and radio reporter. I’m keen to get back into writing more widely on different subjects and, I suppose, this site is part of that desire.

In my spare time I like a good busman’s holiday, having a pint or two in good pubs wherever I find them. I also enjoy reading and walking – not at the same time. I’m what you could call a lapsed birder. I took up birding after finishing university some 20 years ago, but did not go birding for a long time after my parents died. I’ve returned to the fold now, but need to get my arse in gear to go out and look for birds instead of wishing something rare would fly into my garden.

Freelance journo – seeks gigs

As well as writing for specialist/beer industry publications, such as the Morning Advertiser (in which I have a monthly column), my work has also appeared in  The Guardian, The TelegraphThe Times and various magazines. 

I’m also an experienced broadcaster and public speaker able to take on radio, TV and speaking gigs – contact me for details of my availability and fees.

Visit www.sophieatherton.co.uk for more about my work or e-mail me: sophieatherton@btinternet.com to discuss commissions.