Sophia Thakur is an award-winning, best-selling author and performance poet. She started her career on stage at the age of 16 with a refreshing and intimate take on traditional poetry, and captivated a room full of career professionals. Since then, she has pushed the boundaries of poetry to inspire varied audiences across the world from the Glastonbury stage to the Ted Talks stage to countless mainstream TV and radio stations. Her powerful messages on mental health, diversity, politics, self-expression, empowerment, women and wellbeing has led to participation at events organised by Google, Accenture, Nike, The Guardian, The Royal Family, Channel 4, BBC, Viacom and the Liberal Democrat and Labour party. Sophia has sold out three groundbreaking headline shows across the world, including her book launch at the Jazz Cafe in London.
Her debut poetry book ‘Somebody Give This Heart a Pen’ became a #1 Bestseller, exploring issues of identity, difference, faith, relationships, fear, loss and joy. Stylist Magazine called it “Uplifting, brave and quietly devastating”. She has also just released her first book for children entitled ‘Superheroes. Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength’, with an introduction by Stormzy. The tales of inspiration from over fifty British icons aim to inspire and motivate the next generation to follow and achieve their dreams.
She has performed in front of diverse audiences in India, Denmark, Ghana & Chicago, as well as at Facebook, Getty Images, universities, schools and The Houses of Parliament.
She regularly works with creative teams to craft powerful messages, to further enhance brand campaigns. She worked on MTV’s Black History Month series and Viacom’s International Women’s Day campaigns which have gone on to win a number of film awards. Her environmentally focused piece for Unilever ‘There’s No Finish Line’ recently won Best Individual Performance at PR Week and Campaign Magazine’s prestigious Brand Film Awards.
Online, Sophia has cultivated a passionate following with up to 1 million impressions per month and over 41k subscribers across her social media channels.
Merging the sounds of poetry with afrobeats, jazz, neo-soul and Colombian reggae, Sophia has become an expert in telling our stories back to us in a way that both entertains, provokes and evokes empathy and compassion.
Sophia naturally has a light London accent which could also be perceived as Neutral and she has a Gambian, Indian and Sri Lankan heritage.
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