Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet.
Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, on a 42 metre mural along the sea-front at Margate, and at her local allotments. She’s held many residencies in the UK and internationally. Recent commissions include a set of 16 new images for the Voices of the Holocaust collection at the The British Library, a wall of stories on permanent display at The Museum of Liverpool, over 90 hand cut vignettes for Marina Warner's new memoir, and co curating and hosting a poetry event on The Wasteland, at The London Library. Other projects include a hand printed 300 metre tablecloth for the Thames Festival, a life-size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton to stand by her grave, and a pie on the lawn of an old people’s home big enough for seven drama students to jump out of, singing. Performances and readings include Tate Britain and Tate Modern, Winchester Poetry Festival, The National Poetry Library, Belfast Book Festival, Poets and Players, Jewish Book Week and many others. In 2019 she was a Hawthornden Fellow, and in 2020 held a residency in Berkeley, California.
Her collection Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017) was Poetry Book of the Month in the Observer, and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Her book 60 Lovers to Make and Do, (Henningham Family Press, 2019) was a TLS Book of the Year. She has illustrated six fairy tale and mythology collections, most recently The Mighty Goddess, written by Sally Pomme Clayton, (The History Press, March 2023.) Her artists’ books are in The Bodleian Library and many public collections. She has an ongoing project where she listens and draws stories live with members of the public. Her latest collection is INDEX (zimZalla, 2021), a box of 78 collage poems, made from found text, published in a box as a deck of prophetic cards.
“Sophie Herxheimer writes extraordinary poetry” Carmen Calil, BBC Radio 4