Spoken Words sweetheart Sophia Thakur climbed onto the stage at the age of 16 with a refreshing and intimate take on traditional poetry, and captivated a room full of career professionals. Since, she has pushed the boundaries of poetry to inspire varied audiences across the world from the Glastonbury stage to the Ted Talks stage to countless mainstream TV and radio segments. Sophia Thakur’s powerful messages on mental health, diversity, politics, self-expression, empowerment, women and wellbeing has led to participation at events organised by The Guardian, The Royal Family, Channel 4, BBC, Viacom and the Liberal Democrat and Labour party. Many of whom she has continued to work with. Sophia Thakur has sold out three groundbreaking headline shows across the world, including her book launch at the Jazz Cafe in London.
Her debut book ‘Somebody Give This Heart a Pen’ became a global #1 Bestseller months before it hit the shelves. The collection of stories-in-verse has been named the ‘the only key to empathy’, and has been publicly supported by Accenture, The Bookseller, MTV, London Times Magazine, Stylist, Google and even Stomrzy’s Merky team. Sophia’s unique approach to delivering a powerful message through poetry and workshopping has led her to be invited to captivate and charm diverse audiences at Google, Facebook, Getty Images, over 80 Universities, The Houses of Parliament and countless Corporate and commercial agents across the world. She is often invited into work with the creative teams at Nike, Samsung and MTV to share her talents for crafting powerful messages, to further enhance their campaigns. Most recently, MTV’s Black History Month series and Viacom’s International Women’s day campaign which has gone on to win a number of film awards.
Online, Sophia has cultivated a passionate following with over 1 million impressions per month and over 41k subscribers across her social media channels. She has inspired millions of watchers to pick up a pen or type their own story and is regularly invited into schools and global offices to facilitate writing and public speaking workshops. Sophia’s work also includes intimate forums with cancer patients and refugees.
Now a multi-award-winning writer and speaker, Sophia’s mission is to push the boundaries of poetry and literature by taking spoken word into a more commercial space. In 2019 after finishing a speaking tour across high-schools in Ghana with a band of native musicians she returned to London to fill both OMEARA and The Jazz Café. Merging the sounds of poetry with afrobeats, jazz, neo-soul and Colombian reggae, Sophia has become an expert in telling our stories back to us in a way that both entertains, provokes and evokes empathy and compassion.