About me

Sophie Cooke

My work focuses on truth and its social currency. I am interested in the ways in which reality is mutually constructed, and how this construction is often warped by differentials in power relations.

I want to make people laugh and cry. I also want to give them some things that I’ve thought about in the hopes they might enjoy them. And I want the whole object to be beautiful.

I read more books than is healthy. I grow plants that require little sustenance. I dream of better worlds, ones in which humans do not abuse their power. I try to see the shapes of the gaps between those worlds and this one, and to work out why they are there. I admire the work of writers like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Alasdair Gray, Arthur Koestler, and Danilo Kis.

I love to travel. My work has taken me to Russia, the Middle East, and the Balkans. I am fascinated by how much common ground there is among people everywhere. I think we all want the same things in our societies: peace, freedom, justice.

I write novels, short stories, poems, and travelogues. I also take photographs.