Vicky is a British/Welsh poet, and sometimes short story writer based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Her debut pamphlet If All This Never Happened was a winner of the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and is available from Southword Editions. She also works as a poetry teacher, and a mentor and editor of young and emerging poets who have received accolades such as: the New Poets Prize, the Young Northern Writers Award, and Foyle Young Poet of the Year. She’s the editor of four books of poetry and fiction written by emerging young writers, and writes content for creative projects and promotional literature.
Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014 for fiction, and was shortlisted for the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme for poetry 2016/17. She is a recent Jerwood/Arvon mentee for poetry (2019/20) working with poet Hannah Lowe.
The Rialto, Magma, Atlanta Review, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Wales, Butcher’s Dog, Under the Radar, The North, And Other Poems, Matter, Brittle Star, Write Where We Are Now project (Carol Ann Duffy/MMU), Slim Volume, Pieces of Me, Wild Poetry, Silver Birch Press, Café Writers Magazine, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Prole, and anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press 2017), Not in the Plan Vol4 (Carers UK 2017), Mancunian Ways (Fly on the Wall Press 2020), Poems about Love (Fragmented Voices 2020), The Untangling (Arvon 2020) Yorkshire Anthology (Green Teeth Press 2021/22)
Writing Teaching/Facilitation & Mentoring – bodies include:
Hive Young Writers Network, Arvon, The Poetry Society, Poetry Wales, The Writing Squad, Wakefield Literature Festival, Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Editing and mentoring
Writing Accolades, Awards & Happenings:
Writing-related Commissions (not including projects):
Vicky has collated and edited many publications for creative projects over the years including four anthologies of poetry & short fiction by emerging young writers: Everyday Hymn (2014) Wild Poetry (2017), Everyday Smile (2018), Surfing the Twilight (2019). She is a currently contributing editor at Poetry Wales (2021)
Various including: Cork Poetry Festival, Poetry Wales, Verse Matters, York Explore, The Shipping Forecast, Apples & Snakes, Rotherham Open Mic Performance, Gorilla Open Mic, Dina Sheffield, Writing East Midlands & Words Aloud.
Upcoming Readings: Harland Works Sheffield, Off the Shelf Festival.
Photo: Interviewing Shonaleigh Cumbers for Dyslexic & Loving Words