Vicky is a writer, editor and creative practitioner based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For 21 years she has worked as a freelance creative, educator, facilitator and producer on numerous short and long-term projects with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. A passion, and much of the focus of her work, is supporting the artistic, personal and professional development of young people.
Vicky facilitates across creative writing, filmmaking, journalism, visual art, design, multimedia and photography in a wide variety of contexts and settings. She has devised, managed and delivered numerous creative projects and undertaken commissions as an artist and designer, a filmmaker and in more recent years, a writer. Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014 for fiction and is a current Jerwood/Arvon Scheme for poetry 2019/20.
For the past 13 years, Vicky has focused on working as a writing facilitator and development worker building young writers’ provision in the South Yorkshire region. From 2005 to 2012, she ran Cube Young People’s Magazine, an innovative work experience journalism and media project for young people. In 2016 she set up Hive South Yorkshire, a consortium writing project and hub for young writers, 14 to 25, in the region. Her expertise in this area includes running creative writing groups and projects, mentoring young and emerging writers, live events and large-scale festivals, devising competitions, producing & editing anthologies, magazines and exhibitions, and building participation and networks.
Please note, there are many projects yet to be added to the online portfolio.
Vicky grew up in North Wales but has lived in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, for most of her life and calls it home. Time off means writing, reading, pottering in the garden, long podcast walks and fixing things. Her favourite quote remains this, from William James, which has stayed with her since she first read it many years ago. Here’s a good continuation of it from the amazing Patti Smith.