Northern Writers Awards
Northern Writers Awards 2014

Vicky is a poet, and sometimes short story writer, raised in North Wales and based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. She also works as a poetry mentor and editor, particularly with young and emerging poets. She is the editor of four books of poetry and fiction written by emerging young writers and also writes content for creative projects and promotional literature.

Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme for poetry 2016/17. She is a current Jerwood/Arvon mentee for poetry (2019/20) working with poet Hannah Lowe.

Vicky has appeared in places like: The Rialto, Poetry Wales and Atlanta Review, Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Matter, Slim Volume, Silver Birch Press, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Under the Radar, Prole and Brittle Star, Writers’ Cafe Magazine.

She was a runner up in the Milk’s Milk Poetry Prize 2020 and in 2019 she won first place in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition and was highly commended in the Carers UK Poetry competition 2017 and longlisted in the Yorkmix Poetry Competition 2016 and 2017. Her poetry has been anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), and Not in the Plan Vol4 (Carers UK), and she was commissioned to write a poem on the theme of woman’s suffrage for Apples and Snakes to mark the centenary of the first wave of women gaining the right to vote in 2018.

Interviewing Shonaleigh Cumbers for Dyslexic & Loving Words

In 2013, Vicky was commissioned to make a documentary exploring what it means to be a dyslexic writer. Dyslexic and Loving Words (available here on YouTube) encourages dyslexics to pursue a love of words through interviews with well-known dyslexic wordsmiths such as Benjamin Zephaniah and Sally Gardner, and highlights some of the word-related difficulties dyslexics face.

See Facilitation and Projects for more about her work as a writing facilitator and projects relating to writing.