Vicky is a British/Welsh poet, and occasional short story writer based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Her debut pamphlet If All This Never Happenedwas a winner of the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and is available from Southword Editions. She also works as a poetry teacher, and a mentorand editor of established poets, and 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 the Arvon Award for fiction in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme for poetry 2016/17. She was a recent Jerwood/Arvon mentee for poetry (2019/20) working with poet Hannah Lowe.
Publications: 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), NeurodiVERSE (Flapjack Press 2022) The Brain Charity Liverpool Poetry Prize Anthology (2022)
Writing Accolades, Awards & Happenings:
If All This Never Happened shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards for Best Poetry Pamphlet 2022
Highly Commended Liverpool Poetry Prize 2022
If All This Never Happened was a winner of the Munster Literature Centre’s Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2021
Shortlist Wolves Lit Festival Poetry Competition 20/21
Contributing Editor – Poetry Wales Jan to June 2021
Dyslexic and Loving Words: a 40-minute documentary exploring what it means to be a dyslexic writer, encouraging dyslexics to pursue a love of words through interviews with well-known dyslexic wordsmiths such as Benjamin Zephaniah, and highlighting word-related difficulties
faced by people with dyslexia. (Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2013)
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)
Readings: Various including: Cork Poetry Festival, Poetry Wales, Verse Matters, York Explore, The Shipping Forecast, Apples & Snakes, Harland Works, Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Rotherham Open Mic Performance, Gorilla Open Mic, Dina Sheffield, Writing East Midlands & Words Aloud.
Upcoming Readings: Harland Works Sheffield, Off the Shelf Festival.
See Facilitation and Projects for more about her work as a writing facilitator and projects relating to writing.
Photo: Interviewing Shonaleigh Cumbers for Dyslexic & Loving Words