Sophie Townsend

Sophie Townsend is a radio producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

She is now working in ABC’s newly created podcast team, making programs about everything from Confucius to suburban murder mysteries. She’s a contributor to RN’s Creative Audio Unit, a regular storyteller on RN’s Now Hear This, and is currently working on her second book.


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?