I’m Sophie Raynor—a freelance writer, reader, editor and fool from sunny Perth, Western Australia.
After studying law and arts degrees at the University of Notre Dame, I fell into a staff writing job at the slick lifestyle magazine publisher Scoop Publishing, where I wrote and edited earnest articles about the not-for-profits, social enterprises and committed community workers who shared my doe-eyed enthusiasm for doing good.
When the section was cut, I switched gears – growing a then-casual volunteering gig into a full-time role working in advocacy and fundraising communications for the anti-poverty campaign Live Below the Line.
A filmmaking trip for that role to tropical Timor-Leste proved pivotal, and on my return home I quit my job, boxed up my jackets, and returned for two sun-soaked years abroad, where I worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter and content producer. (I also drank a lot of coconuts, tried to learn Tetun, sweated in a LOT of public buses and started scuba diving.)
My work has been published in digital and print publications, including Scoop Magazine, Crikey, SBS Life, Southeast Asia Globe, New Naratif, Eureka Street, the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter, Perth Guide, Junkee, AWOL, The Cusp and others. I’ve written copy and produced content for clients including UNICEF, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and Think Films.
While living in Timor-Leste I kept a blog called Sophie Rai Liur, where you can read thoughts and observations from two years living abroad. I’m now back at home in Perth seeking new writing, copywriting and editing work.
If you’ve got a lead, a thought or an idea, I’d love to hear from you.
Sure, we’re on the internet, but I want to acknowledge that the land on which I do my work is the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people, and to pay my respects to their elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded. I work on stolen land, and I recognise the continuing connection to land, water and community of the Noongar people and honour their strength and resilience.