Northern Writers Awards
Northern Writers Awards 2014

Vicky is a poet and sometimes short story writer based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. She also works as a poetry mentor and editor, particularly with young and emerging poets, and 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 been published in places like Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Matter, Slim Volume, Silver Birch Press, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Under the Radar, Prole and Brittle Star. She won first place in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2019, 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.
(Forthcoming poems in: Poetry Wales & Atlanta Review)

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.

Vicky has a Certificate in Creative Writing (University of Sheffield), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Writing and an MA in Writing (ongoing).

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