Sophie Tanner

Writer, performer and sologamist

Sophie Tanner lives a mere stone's throw from Brighton beach with her bumptious labrador. She is eternally curious about human behavior and has a strong interest in literature, music and theatre. Her first novel, Happily, is a cheeky, light-heartedly subversive tale about a girl who decides to marry herself. In a perfect example of life imitating art, Sophie married herself at Brighton Fringe festival in May 2015. The ceremony was well-received and aimed to encourage a cultural mind shift; empowering other people to accept and celebrate themselves.

Dilemma Of A Dyeing Woman: Shall I Just Let My Hair Go Grey?

I've always thought that a woman's natural hair is her crowning glory. It tends to have a whole shaft of luminous and subtle tones that shift around her face and flatter her complexion in perfect synchrony. No salon 'highlight' jobby can mimic the way natural hair carries the light.
24/04/2017 17:06 BST

An Idiot's Guide To Sologamy

As a proud sologamist, I'm delighted to see that self-marriage is trending again - Yorkshire-born Lynne Gollogly recently tied the knot with herself and last week Janet Street Porter had a rather hysterical shotgun self-wedding on Loose Women.
27/02/2017 13:43 GMT

It's Time For UK Ecotourism To Move From Niche To Mainstream

It seems that this could be about to change; an exemplary programme of UK wildlife conservation holidays, designed by Wild Days to support the work of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, the National Trust and the RSPB, proves that there is a sustainable model for successful ecotourism in the UK.
19/01/2017 14:31 GMT

Six Things You Didn't Know About Olive Oil

Thanks to its optimal climate, fertile land and skilled workers, Tuscany produces some of the most exquisite olive oil in the world, with the regions of Lucca and Chianti especially lauded for their extra virgin olive oil.
07/11/2016 12:17 GMT

How To Keep Your Dog Happy

Sometimes dogs can come across as pretty dumb, with their repetitive behaviour and slobbery fixations, but then we're all guilty of chasing our own tail on occasion. I personally think they're actually on a much higher plane to us.
24/08/2016 15:43 BST

Feeling Lonely? Stop Online Dating and Start Befriending

Unfortunately dating apps offer a quick fix of false intimacy, which can become addictive to people who are feeling lonely. Yet the cause of loneliness doesn't always come from being alone, it comes from a lack of deep and meaningful relationships, which take time and can't realistically be built on a foundation of pouting selfies and sexting.
19/08/2016 11:45 BST

Food For Thought: The Future is an 8-Course Tasting Menu

Cultural norms are shifting and, in this new era of longevity, people are breaking the traditional moulds that have previously defined status. Cultural commentator and co-founder of the Women's Equality Party, Catherine Mayer, says life-extension and life-enhancing technologies like the ability to freeze eggs are leading to an age of 'amortality',
20/07/2016 11:15 BST

Why Aren't Spinsters Eligible?

The benefits of sologamy are numerous; I am definitely still in the honeymoon period. I take my commitment to myself seriously and see being single as a viable lifestyle choice.
28/03/2016 11:31 BST