Northern Writers Awards
Northern Writers Awards 2014

Vicky is a poet and short story writer based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. She also works as a poetry mentor and editor, particularly with young poets, and writes content and edits for creative projects and promotional literature.

Vicky has been published in places like Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Matter, Slim Volume, Silver Birch Press, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Brittle Star, and Prole. Her poetry has been anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), and Not in the Plan Vol4 (Carers UK), and she was recently 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 woman gaining the right to vote.

Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Jerwood/Arvon Scheme for poetry 2016/17. Her poem, Treatment was highly commended in the Carers UK Poetry competition 2017. Currently, she’s working towards her first pamphlet publication. As of April 2019, she is an Arvon/Jerwood mentee for poetry under mentor and poet Hannah Lowe.

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.

She 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 Vicky’s work as a writing facilitator and projects relating to writing.