Sophie Wardell graduated in English Literature from Exeter University and started work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before moving to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in Bristol. There she worked in the ‘Knowledge Transfer’ team, managing projects that matched up humanities research with business needs. In 2010, Sophie began work in the Literature team at the British Council where she delivered an international programme of literature activities, author events, workshops, seminars, residencies and spoken word programmes. Sophie worked on partnerships and programmes across EU Europe, Wider Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and managed a number of key projects including literature activity around the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the current World War One literature centenary programme. Since April 2015, Sophie has been Programme Producer at Free Word – a literature, literacy and free expression organisation based in Farringdon.