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Born and brought up in Wales, Sonja has been richly shaped by that Celtic land of song and story. Significant strands in her varied life are: singing achievements in school plays and Eisteddfods, chapel, plus operatic roles and rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ in London, the Midlands and France.

Sonja has also gathered in her fruitful basket three academic degrees, including a PhD from Birmingham University, UK. Her passions include human and cultural development, music, literature, trees and the environment. For ever morphing, her “Doctor Sonja’s Bitches Brew: a ‘telling’ journey through music spaces” (2011), reveals the impact of music and musicians on her life and thinking.

“Music and Oppression: Shaping Women’s Voices in Estonian Cultural Spaces” (2015) demonstrates Sonja’s ethnomusicological interests with a special focus on two Estonian classical singers; a history of harsh political Occupations of Estonia; and the connections one of the singers had with South Wales. Estonians also feature in her book “Processes of Othering, Distinction and Shared Understanding: Power–Tools in UK and Estonian Social and Cultural Spaces” (2017), also incorporating chapters and themes from her sociological/ethnomusicological doctoral research in the UK in the 1990s.

Sonja has written two novels reflecting her interest in culture, and unpacking discrimination and social exclusion. “Sloughing the Skin” is a tale shrouded in mystery, where a female narrator casts her critical yet poetic gaze over a house renovation in Brittany. Set in Wales, Herefordshire and London, her second novel “The Hat Maker” illuminates social mobility, gender, rape, and the theatrical/literary world of the 1900s.

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