Sonia Elston graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in English and a primary school teacher’s certificate. She also has a background in drama, gaining a drama teacher’s certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She appeared in many shows at Nottingham Arts Theatre, but comedies were always her favourites.
On moving to Ireland in 2001 Sonia joined the Group Theatre and taught drama at various schools around Kerry. She is a member of the Toastmasters, and a founding member of the Ragged Road Theatre Company in North Kerry.
Since retiring from teaching, Sonia has devoted her time to writing, particularly comic verse, and was placed in the prestigious Bard of Armagh before it ended in 2018. For many years she ran the Tralee Humorous Verse Contest, only stopping when the dreaded Covid rampaged.