Behind the Cover Club presents: Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur

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Licenses are no longer available for this audiobook through Behind the Cover.

Introduction to the book

Sophia takes you on an intimate journey through love, loss, faith, and self-discovery. She gives a voice to the experiences that connect people and encourages readers to look into themselves and explore the tendencies of the heart.

The poems draw on the author’s experience as a young mixed-race young woman trying to make sense of a lonely and complicated world. With a strong narrative voice and emotional empathy, this is poetry that will resonate with all young people, whatever their background, and whatever their dreams.

As she says, she hopes the poems will help readers "grow through what they go through".

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen reviews

Uplifting, brave and quietly devastating, Sophia Thakur’s new collection of poetry is so resonant – whatever your age, background or experiences – she touches on the universal experiences we all know… Give your heart this book.”

“Sophia Thakur is one of the most brilliant and necessary voices from the UK. The power of her words will affect generations.”
Angie Thomas

“It's a real pleasure to find this empathic and empowering contemporary collection by Sophia Thakur. A powerful and relatable read.”
Book Trust 

Get to know Sophia Thakur

Sophia Thakur has been performing spoken word poetry since the age of 16 and has inspired with her words ever 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.

Sophia Thakur has sold out three ground-breaking headline shows across the world, including her book launch at the Jazz Cafe in London.

​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.

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