I can feel the longing of a future self waiting impatiently to take me to the other side of things

Bringing you personal essays about the meanderings of life.

About the author:

I’m a writer and visual artist based in Edinburgh. I studied playwriting at the University of Arts in Berlin and my first book of essays “Things I Have Noticed” was published in 2020. My second book of essays “Things I Have Loved” just came out!

You can get my books here.

If you want to get a more visual insight into my life you can follow me on Instagram: @sophiahembeck

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I write personal essays, short or longer observations on the quotidian, pop culture, and sometimes I interview interesting artists. I started the Muse Letter in May 2020 during the turbulent times of the first lockdown to inspire and feel connected to the outside world.

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I can feel the longing of a future self waiting impatiently to take me to the other side of things.


Sophia Hembeck is a writer and visual artist based in Edinburgh. Her first book of essays “Things I Have Noticed” was published 2020. Her second book of essays “Things I Have Loved” came out in February 2023. She is currently working on her third.
She/Her. Femme. MA & MLIS. Writer. Speaker. Curator. Librarian. Strega.