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At the same time, Ophelia wrote journalism and book reviews for The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review and others. In 2000, she started to research and write The Favourite, a historical biography of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton and in the US by St Martin’s Press. In 2003, Ophelia received the inaugural Elizabeth Longford Grant for the writing of historical biography, and was commissioned by HarperCollins to start work on her second book, The Kit-Cat Club, published in 2008.
Until 2008, Ophelia was Director of the Writers in Prison Programme of English PEN, the international writers’ association that campaigns for persecuted and imprisoned writers around the world. Subsequent freelance jobs have included teaching 'Writing Biography' to MA students at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL, UCL) and an evening course on 'The Art of the Essay' at The Idler Academy, the compilation of an 'Essay Library' for Notting Hill Editions, and contribution of an article to a forthcoming OUP book on 'The Literary Essay'.
Since 2010, Ophelia has become involved in the field of Special Educational Needs, and, when not developing new writing projects, she works for the disabled children’s charity, KIDS, providing ‘Independent Support’ to families and young people applying for special educational provision.
Ophelia currently lives in London, with her partner and children.