Episode 11: Sophy Roberts

Award-Winning Travel Writer on Hidden Africa and ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’

“I’ve been drawn to those landscapes, where there is an emptiness and clarity of the sky.”

The ever-adventurous writer, Sophy Roberts, is the author of ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’ a Times, Sunday Times, and Independent ‘Book of 2020’. This non-fiction book explores the pianos created during the boom years of the nineteenth century. Sophy tells the story of her piano hunt through two centuries of Russian history, which reveals an unexpected musical legacy and profound brave humanity. Sophy is a regular radio, podcast, and panel events contributor, focusing on travel stories from remote parts of the world, with a particular interest in literary work, history, and culture.

In this episode, Sophy shares what inspired her to write about travelling and how looking at the sky above empty landscapes fill her with optimism. She describes how she got into writing and explains why she sees herself as a travelling writer. Together, they discuss their passion for exploration and capturing the world’s natural beauty through writing and photography. Sophy looks back on her journey in penning ‘The Lost Pianos of Siberia’, revealing why she associates warm feelings with the country after meeting Siberian people. Sophy reflects on her experience visiting a national park in Tanzania, which leads to the debate on the benefits of tourism on wildlife conservation.


This episode is brought to you by Kase Filters. I travel the world with my camera, and I can use any photography filters I like, and I’ve tried all of them, but in recent years I’ve landed on Kase Filters.

Kase filters are made with premium materials, HD optical glass, shockproof, with zero color cast, round and square filter designs, magnetic systems, filter holders, adapters, step-up rings, and everything I need so I never miss a moment.

And now, my listeners can get 10% off the Kase Filters Amazon page when they visit.

beyondthelens.fm/kase and use coupon code BERNABE10

Kase Filters, Capture with Confidence.

Created & produced by: Podcast Partners
Published: Jul 15, 2022

More episodes:

Ep 22: Marc Muench

Insights on Photography Workshops, The Art of Seeing, and Ski Photography in Iran

Published: November 18, 2022

Ep 21: Ankur Warikoo

Author of ‘Do Epic Shit’ on Lessons for Going Pro, Entrepreneurship, and Habits for Success.

Published: November 4, 2022

Ep 20: Gina Greer

Executive Director at the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)

Published: October 21, 2022

Email updates

Join the mailing list today and receive the latest episode directly to your inbox