I can’t live without writing, nature, and travel (in no particular order). I play samba/techno music in Hebden-Bridge based band Drum Machine, and having spent five years living in Andalusia, I am obsessed with flamenco and enjoy making up (pretty bad) Spanish songs on the guitar. I also dabble infrequently in poetry and painting, yoga and bouldering, and I’m a passionate amateur herbalist.
This site is a selection of features, reports, reviews, comment and investigations conducted since 2004. I’m currently working on a couple of travel books, a screenplay and two big investigative pieces, so apologies for the lack of new posts for those of you who have asked where I’ve disappeared to…I’ll be back! In the meantime, some of you might be interested in a seasonal blog I write about life in rural Spain. Check it out here.
I’m a freelance investigative journalist and feature writer based near Manchester. I have 13 years’ extensive and diverse experience investigating and writing original features and reports with a special focus on the media industry, world news, politics, and social issues. I believe journalism should be about truth and justice, not advertising revenue and propaganda. I hate Murdoch, I love whistleblowers, and George Orwell is my hero. That probably sums me up.
I have a first class honours degree in journalism and linguistics and earned an additional award for best print journalism student in my graduating year (2005). Until 2016 I worked primarily on the digital magazine True Activist as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and video content curator, and was a regular contributor to The Big Issue and Salon before that. I’ve had 600+ articles published in a wide range of print and digital media outlets in the UK, Spain and USA over the years.
I won a NW (formerly New Woman) magazine national writing competition in 2007 for an opinion piece on society´s attitudes to female bodies, and was freelancer of the fortnight on an industry website in 2009. I was editor of a regional parenting magazine for several years and was shortlisted for a Mslexia award in 2011 for a memoir writing competition.
I have written travel and music reviews for various online media, and when I was permanently based in Spain I edited a magazine aimed at expats living in Andalusia. This covered insider travel guides, lifestyle and expat themes in each issue.
In 2009 I was asked to ghostwrite the memoirs of Bridget Benson. The book When Tomorrow Speaks To Me has been very well received since its publication by Llewellyn in December 2010. It has earned many excellent reviews, not only from journalists across print and online media, but more importantly from readers themselves.
In addition to journalism and ghostwriting commissions, I have been employed as a book editor, PR and social media consultant, copywriter and translator (Spanish to English) for various clients between 2014 and 2018. I blogged for Equinox kombucha drinks company and Mediterranean Luxury Foods between 2014 and 2017, working at international trade shows and building their reach through social media and marketing campaigns. I also have over seven years’ experience teaching advanced English grammar to foreign learners.
References from clients
“When I worked as an acquisitions editor, one of the books I acquired was ghostwritten by Sophie McAdam. The manuscript was well written and expertly presented, allowing for a fast and efficient editing process. In my 5 years of working for Llewellyn, her manuscript was one of the most noteworthy in terms of literary quality.” – Carrie Obry, Llewellyn USA
“Sophie came up with original and novel ideas for features, researched them thoroughly, delivered crisp copy on deadline and was on hand to respond promptly to any queries.” –Kevin Gopal, editor-in-chief, The Big Issue in the North
“I found her work to be highly creative and she managed to draw the reader into my book from the very beginning. I have had so many people comment to me that they could not put the book down and felt that they were part of my story too. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sophie to anyone thinking of putting their own life story into words. An excellent job. ” – Bridget Benson, ghost-writing client
“Sophie had a unique approach to covering the more sensitive issues that concerned our readers. Her writing was always interesting, readable and thought provoking.” – Hazel Bregazzi, magazine publisher
Original references can be read here on LinkedIn.
Please note: this blog functions as a portfolio, which means I only post a very small selection of my work here. Cuttings are available on request for print-only publications and older pieces.
I can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with me on Linkedin.