Episode 11. Sophy Roberts: Award-Winning Travel Writer on Hidden Africa and the Lost Pianos of Siberia

Sophy Roberts on Beyond The Lens

The ever-adventurous writer, Sophy Roberts, is the author of ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’ a Times, Sunday Times, and Independent ‘Book of 2020’. This non-fiction book explores the pianos created during the boom years of the nineteenth century. Sophy tells the story of her piano hunt through two centuries of Russian history, which reveals an unexpected musical legacy and profound brave humanity. Sophy is a regular radio, podcast, and panel events contributor, focusing on travel stories from remote parts of the world, with a particular interest in literary work, history, and culture.

In this episode, Sophy shares what inspired her to write about traveling and how looking at the sky above empty landscapes fill her with optimism. She describes how she got into writing and explains why she sees herself as a traveling writer. Together, they discuss their passion for exploration and capturing the world’s natural beauty through writing and photography. Sophy looks back on her journey in penning ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’, revealing why she associates warm feelings with the country after meeting Siberian people. Sophy reflects on her experience visiting a national park in Tanzania, which leads to the debate on the benefits of tourism on wildlife conservation.


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