Having recently graduated from the Cambridge Creative Writing MSt, Vicky, a former City solicitor, is embarking on a whole new career as a secondary English teacher. In her spare time she writes YA and romance. Contact Vicky at: email@example.com or read more of her work at https://vikiwrites.com
Victoria Smith interviews award-winning writer and Desmond Elliott Prize nominee, Okechukwu Nzelu, and discusses his debut novel, Nnenna Maloney, literary inspirations like Bernadine Evaristo, balancing writing with teaching and ensuring that underrepresented voices are heard in literature.
Victoria Smith is captivated by Lanny, Max Porter’s long listed Booker Prize novel about the disappearance of a little boy from an English village. Here, Smith reviews the novel against Porter’s 2015 debut, Grief is the Thing with Feathers.
Longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2019, Melissa Broder’s The Pisces is a modern day fable about a woman who falls in love with a merman. Victoria Smith reviews Broder’s debut novel alongside her earlier poetry and essays, Last Sext and So Sad Today.
Talks featuring Kerry Hudson, Anita Sethi, Natasha Carthew, Julia Bueno, Sali Hughes, Lynn Enright and many more were some of the highlights at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Victoria Smith writes about the panels and which books are a must for your 2019 summer reading list.
Keeley is one of the few hairdressers left in the kingdom when the resident dictator requires a new hair cut. Terrified of saying no, three guards whisk her off to the palace to trim his ‘Eminence’s’ hair. Victoria Smith’s witty and deftly told short story is one for Angela Carter fans everywhere.