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 Emerging Writer Award from Moniack Mhor in 2015. 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 month-long residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House, in the Blue Mountains of Australia (2019).
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.