Editing & Mentoring
As well as working as a teacher for many years, Vicky is also a mentor and editor, significantly of poetry. She’s worked with both emerging and established poets of all ages, from single poems to pamphlets and collections. She has collated and edited many young writers’ books and project publications including four young writers anthologies of fiction and poetry: Everyday Hymn (2014) Wild Poetry (2017), Halfway Smile (2018), Surfing the Twilight (2019).
If you’d like to work with Vicky, or have any questions, you can contact her here at: growords(at)gmail(.com)
“Vicky is honest, precise, tough, compassionate and efficient. She helps me polish my poems with tremendous tenderness and sensitivity, and I couldn’t wish for more from any editor. Oh sweet and lucky day that I met her.”
Vanessa Lampert – M.A in Poetry (distinction) Newcastle University 2017-2019
Highly commended Bridport Prize & Troubadour Prize / Commended Gregory O’Donoghue Prize 2018
2nd in Yeovil Prize / 1st in Cafe Writers Prize 2019
Highly Commended Newcastle Poetry Prize / 2nd Prize Fish Poetry Prize 2020
“Vicky pays close attention to detail with knife-sharp observations that always serve the story of the poem. Anything that was muddled suddenly becomes very clear with her guidance and no stone is left unturned. She’s taught me so much about both editing and writing, and challenges me whilst remaining supportive & warm.”
New Poet Prize winner 2018 (The Poetry Business)
“Vicky really knows her stuff. Her attention to detail has taught me a lot about poetry and honing a piece of work. I understand a lot more about how a poem needs to ‘balance’ now and how to approach editing my work.”
Poet, Singer, Storyteller, Founder of Nyara School of Arts
Vicky is an inspirational mentor. She’s devoted her attention to helping me develop and hone my work and given me both confidence and direction as a poet, always listening to my point of view respectfully alongside offering her own. She has always believed in me and invested in helping me succeed. I leave sessions with new perspectives on pieces that help me see things afresh.
Georgie Woodhead, 17
Newcastle Young Writers Prize / Highly commended in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2020
Young Poet in Residence at Sheaf Poetry Festival 2019
Winner for Foyle Young Poet of the Year / Highly-commended winner of the Young Northern Writers Award / 2nd prize Ledbury Poetry Festival young writers category 2018
“Vicky is an amazing mentor, helping me develop my work and encouraging me to trust my voice (however odd it sometimes is!) She’s provided me with brilliant guidance that’s helped bring my poems to life and taught me so much about the editing process – how to shape a poem and how to ‘kill our darlings’. Vicky has encouraged me so much in my writing journey, and I wouldn’t be where I am without her.”
Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, 18
A winner of the international Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards 2019,
and highly commended in the Young Northern Writers Award and Ilkley Young Writers Competition in the same year.