From 2004 - July 2016 Victoria was Administrator of the Norwich Society, a role once performed with far more acerbic rhetoric than she could muster by R.H. Mottram, author of The Spanish Trilogy.
Victoria was a founding member and a chair of the Norfolk County Council committee for the Development of Literature in Norfolk (1998-2001). She contributed to the successful bid for Norwich become a UNESCO City of Literature. From 2006 - 2011 she was Chairman of East Anglian Writers and then shared the chairmanship with Alison Pressley until May 2017.
In 2004, Victoria graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA (Distinction) in Life Writing, winning the UEA prize for best Dissertation. Biography With Intent focused on Professor Ernest Weekley (husband of Frieda) and was short-listed for the PFD biography prize.
Educated at South Hampstead High School, London, Branksome Hall School, Toronto and Sherborne School for Girls, Victoria graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 with a four-year Honours degree in History. She majored in 19th century English History and was awarded a Victoria University scholarship for excellence in History, but also studied English Literature and Art History.
She worked as a theatre technician at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake and at Bill Glassco’s Tarragon Theatre which championed new writing in Toronto. Returning to England, Victoria worked in ITV companies as a promotion writer moving on to community education, corporate scriptwriting and research.
Photo: courtesy Paul Barnes