Editing & Mentoring

As well as working as a teacher for many years, Vicky is also a mentor and editor, significantly of poetry. She works 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
Highly Commended in the National Poetry Competition 2021
Debut pamphlet: On Long Loan (Live Canon 2020)
Highly Commended Newcastle Poetry Prize /
2nd Prize Fish Poetry Prize 2020
2nd in Yeovil Prize / 1st in Cafe Writers Prize 2019
Highly commended Bridport Prize & Troubadour Prize / Commended Gregory O’Donoghue Prize 2018

“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.”

Warda Yassin Sheffield Poet Laureate 2020-2022
New Poet Prize winner 2018 (The Poetry Business)
Debut pamphlet: Tea with Cardamom (The Poetry Business 2019)
Winner of the Women Poets Prize 2020

“Vicky is an amazing mentor and editor – she cuts to the heart of every poem, and always sees exactly what needs to be done to make something not only work, but sing. She taught me a huge amount but is also sensitive, encouraging and just really lovely, and I left every session feeling inspired and full of confidence.”

Elizabeth Chadwick Pywell
Breaking (Out) (Selcough Station 2022)

Vicky is a really engaging and inspiring mentor and editor. Her craft and skills are well-honed, and she is generous in sharing her hard-earned lessons. What I admire most about Vicky is her willingness to take time to help me develop my ideas and give me confidence in my own writing. I have grown as a poet under Vicky’s guidance and feel a lot more self-assured when editing my own work now. 

Sujana Crawford
Poet & Playwright

“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.”

Danae Wellington
Poet, Singer, Storyteller, Founder of Nyara School of Arts

Vicky is an inspirational mentor. She’s devoted time to helping me develop and hone my work and given me both confidence and direction as a poet. 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
New Poet Prize winner 2020 (The Poetry Business)
Debut pamphlet: Takeaway (The Poetry Business 2021)
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 your darlings’. Vicky has encouraged me so much in my writing journey, and I wouldn’t be where I am without her support.”

Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, 18
New Poet Prize winner 2020 (The Poetry Business)
Debut pamphlet: Ugly Bird (The Poetry Business 2021)
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.