Vicky Foster is a writer, performer, poet and teacher, living and working in Hull. Her work and interviews have been broadcast on Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5, Radio 6 and Radio Humberside and her poem for the Commonwealth Games 2018 was part of the BBC’s national radio coverage. Her radio performances have been selected for Radio 4’s Pick of the Week and she’s also featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Radio Times and The Huffington Post. She wrote a poem for NHS 70 that she recorded for broadcast on TV.


Vicky was one of the BBC’s selected poets for Contains Strong Language in 2017 & 2018, and wrote a new commission for them in 2019, which also featured in Hull’s Freedom Festival.


Her first audio drama, Bathwater, was produced by Sue Roberts, first aired on Radio 4 in 2019, is published by Wrecking Ball Press and won The Imison Award at the 2020 BBC Audio Drama Awards. It explores her own experiences of what happens when violence spills over into family life.

Can I Talk About Heroes? was a documentary made for Radio 4 by Vicky and Sue Roberts, in which Vicky asked how we create heroes and whether heroism is still a useful idea. It looked at how ideas of heroism have impacted on society and Vicky's own life, and featured interviews with Dr Zeno Franco, Emma Kinder from the National Homicide Service, Jacquie Johnston-Lynch who runs a recovery living centre in Liverpool, and Mel, an NHS nurse. It was first broadcast in December 2020.

It Happened Like This is due for publication by Bloomsbury in 2024: a searing, inventive memoir that interrogates misogyny, heroism and women's power in an often-unsafe world through the lens of Vicky's Foster's own traumatic background.


Vicky has developed and delivered workshops for a variety of organisations and is currently working on several commissions as well as writing a novel. She has a First Class Honours Degree and an MA with Distinction, both in English and Creative Writing from the University of Hull. She is studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.

To contact Vicky about mentoring and workshops, please use the Contact page here.

For other enquiries, please contact Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown here.

Pre-order It Happened Like This here.

Buy Bathwater here.