Vicky is a British/Welsh poet, teacher, editor and occasional short story writer. She grew up in Abergele on the North Wales coast and is based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Her debut pamphlet If All This Never Happened (Southword Editions) was a winner of the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 21/22. She is the founder of Hive Young Writers and works as a teacher of poetry and fiction, and a mentor and editor of established, 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.
Vicky is the editor of six books of poetry and fiction written by emerging young writers and countless others for community arts and creative writing projects. She also writes content for creative projects and promotional literature. Vicky was an Jerwood/Arvon mentee for poetry (2019/20), working with poet Hannah Lowe, and was shortlisted for the Mairtin Crawford Award for Poetry 2022.
The Poetry Review, New Welsh Reader, The Rialto, Obsessed With Pipeline, 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, Southwords (forthcoming), Myslexia (forthcoming), 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), A Republic of Poetry: 100 Issues of The Rialto Anthology (2023)
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Vicky has collated and edited many publications for creative projects over the years including six anthologies of poetry & short fiction featuring many award-winning writers: After Hours (2023) Dear Life (2022) Surfing the Twilight (2019). Halfway Smile (2018), Wild Poetry (2017), Everyday Hymn (2014)
Various including – The Writing School (guest reader), Seren launch of Flamingo by Kathryn Bevis, What We Read Now (with Kate Fox & Joanne Limburg), Cork Poetry Festival, Poetry Wales, Verse Matters, York Explore, Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Apples & Snakes, Harland Works, Rotherham Open Mic Performance, Gorilla Open Mic, Dina Sheffield, Writing East Midlands, Words Aloud & The Shipping Forecast.
Photos : Covers of anthologies edited 2014 to 2023 | an interviewing Shonaleigh Cumbers for Dyslexic & Loving Words