Victoria is a writer and creative writing tutor living in the East Neuk of Fife. She offers mentoring services and manuscript appraisals and has worked as a freelance creative writing tutor for the University for the Creative Arts since 2013. If you are a writer who is looking for feedback on fiction or poetry, please feel free to get in touch.
She is currently writing a novel, For thy great pain have mercy on my little pain, exploring the lives of two medieval mystics, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. Set in Norfolk in 1413, the novel explores the restrictions on medieval women’s lives and how these two mystics came to write the earliest known books by women in the English language.
For her novel, Brantwood, based on several years in the life of John Ruskin, Victoria was awarded the Emerging Writer Residency at Cove Park in 2014 and the inaugural Emerging Writer Award from Moniack Mhor in 2015. In 2017 the first forty pages were shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and Victoria received Creative Scotland Open Project funding. In 2020 Brantwood was shortlisted for the Retreat West First Chapter competition.
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).
Victoria has a long-standing interest in the intersections between literarature and science. Her PhD (St Andrews, 2013) focused on the many ways that contemporary poets engage with scientific ideas in their writing, from ‘hard’ science subjects such as quantum physics to biographies of Darwin in verse. In 2019 she was awarded a two-month residency at Saari Manor in Finland to begin researching a new work, Vegetal Souls, which will explore the lives of plants through poetry, short fiction and essays.