Victoria is a writer, creative writing tutor and book reviewer living in the East Neuk of Fife. She is working on her first novel, Brantwood, which is based on several years in the life John Ruskin, and she recently received funding from Creative Scotland to help her complete it in 2018.
Victoria also writes short fiction and is working on her first collection, Creaturely, which explores what other species mean to us, as well as the ways in which we ourselves are ‘creaturely’. At the end of this year she will spend four weeks on a writing residency at Hawthornden Castle in Midlothian, focusing on her stories and drawing together the collection.
She has a PhD from the University of St Andrews which explores how contemporary poets engage with science and she works as a creative writing tutor for the Open College of the Arts. She is a member of Scottish PEN and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In June Victoria will have one of her stories critiqued by writer A L Kennedy in front of a live audience. This event will take place at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on 20th June 2018, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews’ School of Modern Languages. A L Kennedy will give a public Masterclass on the craft of short story writing, analysing unpublished short stories by four writers. This will be followed by a talk, “Principles of Prose”. The four stories are available to read in advance on The Byre Theatre’s website. The event is free but ticketed and starts at 6.30pm.