Sophie Paul (she/her, b. 1998) is a designer and writer based across South East London and Oxfordshire. Working with critical writing, collaborative publishing, and experimental performance, her interests intersect critical theory, trashiness, and eroticisms. She has run writing and zine-making workshops, staged interventionist performances, and written for sound and live-voice, introducing alternative dialogues around the body as a site for interruption and excess.

Her thesis, Notes Towards a Theory for Iridescence, was completed in Spring 2022 and uses the qualities of iridescence to propose an affective re-writing of the ways girlhood and iridescence intra-act. 

Alongside Kaiya Waerea, she is one half of Sticky Fingers Publishing, an intra-dependant  publisher based in London, publishing experimental feminist, queer, crip, non-fiction.

She is currently a resident at Peripheral Alliances at the Ammersee, a cooperation between Kunstverein München and Euroboden. 


Writing & Exhibitions

Food Diary, Fortified Gazette, Summer 2022

My Mother, Mitochondrion, published in Wild Stone, a journal with RCA Sculpture Students and Poor House Reading Rooms, Spring 2022
Held in private and public collections including Poor House Reading Rooms, Van Gough House London, and Tate Archive.

How to Live Forever in the Body of a Girl: Notes Towards a Definition for Iridescence (MA Thesis), Summer 2022

There Are No Future Utopias, Another Gaze Journal, Winter 2021

ARC Magazine: Proxyerotics, Summer 2021.

Just Speak Nearby, featured partnership with Pitt Rivers Museum, Audiowork, Summer 2021

BOMB Retrospective: Cookie Mueller Revisited by Sticky Fingers Publishing, BOMB Magazine, Sticky Fingers Publishing, Spring 2021

Night Slugs, The Pluralist, Spring 2021

Treatise on Mould, Ending, Stopping, Closing: Scrawl Society, Winter 2020

The Unrealiseable, Superfluous Residency Publication
Contributing Writer/Reviewist for Marta Company, Winter 2020

Hey, Look, Something Is Happening, Goldsmiths BA Design Graduate Degree Show,, Summer 2020, (online)

Great Unrecorded History | Art Show, University of Birmingham Gender and Sexuality Liberation Associations, MAC Birmingham,
Contributing artist, Summer 2019

Talks & Workshops

It Will All End in Tears: Writing Rage with Sticky Fingers Publishing, as part of Calm Down Dear curated by Figs in Wigs, Camden People’s Theatre, Summer 2022

Sticky Fingers Publishing, Theory and Practice, MA Graphic Design Communication, Camberwell UAL, Spring 2022

Sticky Fingers in Your Ears: HORIZONS,
Montez Radio, Sticky Fingers Publishing and Rose Higham-Stainton, Spring 2021

Scrawl Sound, Ending, Stopping Closing,
Extract from Treatise on Mould, Export Radio, Winter 2020

Sticky Fingers In Your Ears x Scrawl, Export Radio, Winter 2020


Miss Read Berlin, Summer 2022

Montez Press x Babeworld, Interjection Calendar 7 launch and performance night, Spring 2022

Feminist Library Winter Fayre, Winter 2021

Eight Things, independently self-published, Summer 2021

Collective Ending Printed Matter Fair, Summer 2021

Circus Artspace Zine Fair, Summer 2021

ARC Magazine: Proxyerotics, RCA MA Writing Student Showcase Magazine, Summer 2021

Glasgow Zine Fest, Spring 2021

Dead Lovers,
Sticky Fingers Publishing
Cookie Mueller,Spring 2021
Anaïs Nin, launched at The Glory, Winter 2021

Artist Self Publishing Fair 6, Winter 2020

RCA Winter Fete, Winter 2020

Sticky Fingers Monthly Mailouts, Summer 2020-Present

Sticky Fingers Publishing MATERIALISMS, summer 2019
FICTIONS, winter 2019
GROUNDLESSNESS,  spring 2020
EXCESS, autumn 2020
BELONGING, Winter 2020
NOCTURNAL, guest ed. Donna Marcus Duke & launched at The Glory, Winter 2021

Hey, Look, Something Is Happening, Goldsmiths BA Design Degree Show Publication, Summer 2020

Artist Self Publishing Fair 5, Winter 2019

Food & Fear, self-published with
Marta Company, 2019-2020

DIY Space for London Zine Fair, Summer 2019

Non-Bed and The Night Slugs, self-published, Winter 2019


MA Writing, Royal College of Art, September 2020 - June 2022
Pass without corrections

BA Design, Goldsmiths University of London, September 2017-June 2020
First Class Honours

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Banbury College, September 2016-June 2017

Chenderit Sixth Form, September 2014- June 2016

A levels: English Literature (A*), Fine Art (A), History (B), Applied ICT AS Level (B)

Chenderit School, September 2009- June 2014 12 GCSE’s from A*-B, including English Language (A*), Fine Art (A*), Graphic Products (A*), English Language (A), History (A)


Peripheral Alliances, Residency at the Ammersee, Kunstverein München and Euroboden
June-August 2022

Access consultant, Europa
Royal College of Art Graduate Show 2022
April-June 2022

Bookseller, Waterstones Bookshop
Sept 2021-May 2022

Another Gaze Critics Workshop, Open City Documentary Film Festival
September 2021

ARC Magazine: Proxyerotics
RCA MA Writing student magazine
March-July 2021

How To Begin Residency
Led by Louise Olwin
March 2021

Wiped, RCA MA Writing x Export Radio
Work-in-progress radio show, Graphic design & contributor
Jan 2021

Hey, Look, Something Is Happening

Goldsmiths BA Design Degree Show organising commitee
Events and fundraising, publication & launch week
2019 - 2020

Postmodern Rom-Com
Re-Writing Workshops
Summer 2020

Sticky Fingers Publishing, co-founder & publisher
Summer 2019-Present

Print Assisstant, Oxford Green Print
September 2019

Studio Assisstant, Something and Son
July-August 2019

Creative team, Warner Records UK
June 2019

Exhibition Intern, Print Club London
July 2019

Print Collective, DIY Space for London

The Anti-Tour, alternative tour of the Natural History Museum archives, developed with The Natural History Museum, co-designer and facilitator, Spring 2019

Post Workers Theatre, Tomorrow’s Great Pageant
Spring 2019

Our House, Set Designer
Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Society
Summer 2018


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