Victoria is a writer and creative writing tutor living in the East Neuk of Fife. She recently completed her first novel, Brantwood, based on several years in the life of Victorian art critic and social reformer John Ruskin. For this work she was awarded the Emerging Writer Residency at Cove Park in 2014 and the inaugural 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 Creative Scotland funding 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 (2016), a Hawthornden Fellowship (2018) and a four-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House, in the Blue Mountains of Australia (2019).
In September and October 2019 Victoria will spend two months in Finland on a Saari Residency (Kone Foundation), working on a new interdisciplinary book, Vegetal Souls, which explores the life of plants through poetry, short fiction and essays.
She has an MLitt and a PhD from the University of St Andrews and works as a creative writing tutor for the University for the Creative Arts. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 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.