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Victoria MacKenzie

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Other contact method: Website: victoriamackenzie.net
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
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I'm an experienced creative writing tutor and have taught for the St Andrews Creative Writing Summer School since 2010 and for the University for the Creative Arts (by distance learning) since 2013. I also work as a mentor and give workshops at book festivals and schools.

I am a poet, short story writer, novelist and book reviewer. I have an MLitt in Creative Writing and a PhD which explored contemporary poetry and science, both from the University of St Andrews. My writing has been published in journals and anthologies including Gutter, Magma, New Writing Scotland and The Book of Iona, and in 2016 I received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. I have also won the Robert McLellan Poetry Award, the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition and the Bridge Award for an Emerging Writer.

My first novel, Brantwood, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and I received funding from Creative Scotland to complete it. I have read my work at the Ullapool Book Festival, Scottish Poetry Library, The Kemptown Bookshop (Brighton), and at the Scottish Book Trust's New Writers Award Showcase.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Prisoners & young offenders

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Human rights; Island communities; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Science; Seasonal books; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Sports; Translation; Travel writing; Urban communities; Vehicles; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+