Sophie Townsend

Sophie Townsend is a senior producer and editor at the ABC’s Radio National, and her feature-making work is internationally recognized.

In 2015 she won the HearSay International Audio competition with her piece Mr Fix-it. Her works Stories and Driving and The Updates were featured at Third Coast in 2015, and she was a Australian Walkley Award nominee for her documentary Cancer as a Battleground. She regularly makes work for the BBC’s Short Cuts podcast, and were work has also featured in CBC’s Love Me.


The Updates

When Sophie Townsend’s husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, she started the Russell Updates, a weekly email that laid it all bare for friends and family.

At what point did you decide to adapt your emails for the radio? What changes did you make to the writing so it would work for an audience of listeners versus loved ones?


We make stories for the ear, but there’s no escaping the highly visual nature of the work we produce...