‘An exceptional new talent’  The Herald

Both brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable, Sophie Willan takes inspiration from her unusual life experiences, to make bold, unapologetic and political work. A force to be reckoned with, she exudes confidence and northern charm.

‘Wise, confessional and bloody funny’  The List

In 2015 powerhouse Sophie Willan secured funding of over £100k to create the dynamic multi-platform project, Stories Of Care. The work Stories Of Care does with Care-Leavers across Greater Manchester has become a national talking point, establishing Sophie as one of the UK’s leading ambassadors for Homeless and Care Experienced Young People.

Sophie Willan was born to do this’  Beyond The Joke

In 2016 Sophie took her debut hour On Record, based on her experiences of growing up in and out of the Care system, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A total sell out run and phenomenal critical acclaim followed, securing Sophie’s place as one of the most exciting rising stars in British Comedy.

‘An exciting new force in British comedy’  London Is Funny

Sophie also works as an Educator in many different contexts including Key Note Speaking, Panel Speaking, Facilitating Creative Workshops and Mentoring Artists.

Alongside this, Sophie is a Panel Member for Swiis Foster Care, where she contributes to the decision making process of potential and current Foster Carers.


  • June 2017

  • Thu 29 June : SW:WILD Preview

    Contact Theatre, Manchester MORE INFO
  • July 2017

  • Sat 22 July : SW: WILD Preview

    The Teapot, Yorkshire Fringe MORE INFO



is a dynamic writing project for Looked After Children and Care Leavers founded by Sophie Willan.

Sophie Willan is a Care Leaver who has built a reputation as a highly regarded socially engaged Artist, Producer and advocate for young people.

In 2015 Sophie decided to create a children’s writing project that would empower and represent Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

Working with Producer and Editor, Oliver Sykes and Youth Liaison Officer, Rod Kippen, Sophie recruited Care Leavers across the North West to take part in the creation of a published children’s anthology for Looked After Children.

Through workshops, research trips and one-to-one support, the group became friends, shared their experiences and built their skills as writers.

Together with Sophie they have created the tremendously vibrant anthology, Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful, inspired by their experiences and fired by their imaginations.

Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful is incredibly moving, astoundingly honest and sidesplittingly funny.

Sophie Willan Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful

This book will be distributed to Looked After Children across the UK, providing an entertaining read that will comfort and inspire, as well as providing positive relatable role models, both through the characters within the book and writers of the stories themselves.

The book is being published by Barbican Press and will be launched on 3rd July 2017 at Manchester Children’s Book Festival.
If you would like to attend the launch event book tickets here

If you would like to buy a copy of the book click here