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 of Victorian art critic John Ruskin. For this work she was awarded the Emerging Writer Residency at Cove Park in 2014 and the Bridge Award for an Emerging Writer from Moniack Mhor in 2015 (which gave her retreat time and mentoring with Janice Galloway). The first forty pages of Brantwood were shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2017 and she received funding from Creative Scotland to complete the book 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’. For this book she was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award and at the end of this year she will be a Hawthornden Fellow, spending four weeks at Hawthornden Castle, focusing on her stories and drawing the collection together.
She has an MLitt and a PhD from the University of St Andrews and she works as a creative writing tutor for the Open College of the Arts. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy which recognises excellence in teaching and a member of Scottish PEN. In 2018 she was selected for the Emerging Critic Programme, organised by The Scottish Review of Books and Creative Scotland.