Sophie Rochester founded The Literary Platform in 2009, initially as a free online resource dedicated to exploring the interface between literature and technology showcasing ground-breaking projects, and then as a specialist consultancy.
In 2010 she launched, supported by Arts Council England, the National Lottery funded Fiction Uncovered – now the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize – an ongoing programme dedicated to celebrating the work of British fiction writers. Previously she worked in communications at publishers 4th Estate and Jonathan Cape before moving to the digital agency Good Technology in 1999. In 2002, she joined Colman Getty where as Associate Director she worked on various projects, including digital development of The Man Booker Prizes website and communications strategy; The Poetry Archive, the online project launched by Andrew Motion and the launch of OUP’s Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Independently she went on to work on the communications for digital agency AllofUs, content strategy for the Man Booker Prizes, and delivery of the literary strand of ‘Story of London’ working for the Mayor of London’s cultural campaigns team.
She has been a speaker on digital publishing developments at TOC New York, the Frankfurt Book Fair, Bologna Book Fair, Editech Milan, British Council Crossing the River conferences in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong; Electric Bookshop Edinburgh, FutureBook Innovation Workshop, London Art Book Fair and Alphaville at Whitechapel Gallery. She is also a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communications MA in Publishing and UEA’s MA in Creative Writing.
She is currently a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation. She is a keen marathon runner.