Wednesday, September 09, 2009


As the publicity person for the Society of Women Writers & Journalists, I do like to spread the word about some of our talented members. Jane Bidder (pen name Sophie King) has been a journalist for over 25 years and contributes regularly to national newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Express. Jane's novel 'The School Run' was a best seller as was Second Time Lucky, The Supper Club and The Wedding Party and mums@home - She is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Her new novel called THE WEDDING PARTY is great and will be the top of many reading groups in Essex (we now have 500 reading groups)

Jane/Sophie has had hundreds of short stories published in magazines such as Woman's Weekly and My Weekly as well as non-fiction books for both adults and children. She tutors in creative writing and has also led several writing workshops.

In 2005, Jane won the Elizabeth Goudge Short Story Trophy in 2005 and was a runner up in the Harry Bowling Prize. She has also appeared on breakfast television and radio including Woman's Hour. In addition, she is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association; Women in Journalism; the National Union of Journalists and of course the SWWJ.

When not writing, Jane is also Writer In Residence at a high-security, male prison and lectures in creative writing for a local college and Oxford University. She also tutors for Writers News Writing Magazine.

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! Jane now has a blog spot, thanks to a kind friend who showed her how to do it at the recent Writers Holiday weekend at Caerleon. Email her on She loves to hear from her readers.