Spreading the Spoken Word | A Q&A with Poet Sophia Thakur

1 April 2019

Sophia Thakur  climbed onto the stage at the age of 16 and captivated a room full of adults, sparking a love of poetry. Continuing to push traditional boundaries of poetry and literature to inspire audiences across the country, Sophia is a truly unique speaker delivering an incredibly powerful message on a wide range of topics.

Sophia caught up with us to talk about her poetry, inspiration and the incredible journey she has gone on to spread the love of the spoken word.

Hey Sophia! We hear you got into poetry at a young age. What sparked your interest?

I've always loved how powerful music can be. It reaches behind the skin and tugs at the more delicate parts of us. And then I discovered performance poetry. A perfect medium between the ease of conversation, and power of art.

What is your writing process like? Where do you find inspiration?

Recently, silence. I'm writing my first book and it's forced me to listen more. To observe why we do the things we do. How we cope, how we don't. So people. People and the universal tendencies of the heart.

Your speaking journey has taken you all over the world – what are your favourite places you have been to?

Ghana. I've just come off tour and I'm ready to pack a bag and move there. The people are so warm. The culture is so rich. There is real room for impact over there. The love that my poetry was swallowed into was uncontested.

If your audience could take home one key message from you, what would it be?

To allow the heart to go through its process. That doesn't mean dwelling at every hurdle. The key word here is 'through'. It's a motion. Allow yourself to feel and navigate through yourself. It's the only was to function healthily, irrespective of the industry.

And finally, what’s next for you Sophia?

Poetry in every industry.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your Ghana trip to chat with us! We can't wait to see you conquering the world with the spoken word.

For further information or to book Sophia Thakur, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070  or email  info@speakerscorner.co.uk .

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