Media, Events, Reviews

Bathwater is a powerful and extraordinary piece of drama. It has left me changed. Courageous and compelling poetry from a very talented writer.

HELEN MORT


One of the most exciting new voices which Hull's City of Culture has allowed us to hear so far. 

IAN MCMILLAN, THE VERB, RADIO 3


Vicky Foster’s Bathwater was a drama about mental health and really effective in its very different verse format. This had a rhythm that drew you in. Listener John Griffiths-Jones in Wallasey emailed to say he was glued to the seat of his car and Vicky and Finlay were brilliant, whilst Tanya found it moving and uplifting at the same time and a real pleasure to hear the Hull accent. It was beautifully written by Vicky Foster.

SHEILA MCLENNON, PICK OF THE WEEK, RADIO 4

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WHITEFRIARGATE POET-IN-RESIDENCE

A new poem has been commissioned to celebrate the area of Whitefriargate for World Poetry Day 2021.Hull’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) has partnered with Humber Mouth literature festival and Wrecking Ball Press to commission poet Vicky Foster as Whitefriargate’s poet-in-residence for 2021, Vicky Foster will draw on key features of the historic street to highlight its long standing role in the story of the city and the people who live and work there.

LIVE PERFORMANCE // WORD CLUB

Join us for another WORD CLUB ZOOM extravaganza with three fabulous headline poets, namely Hull's BBC RADIO 4's poetry star, Vicky Foster, the brilliant Martin Figura and reading from her debut solo pamphlet the wonderful Rachel Davies. The usual open mic slots are available and you're welcome to join our famous after hour party as we natter into the small hours.

COLUMNIST ANNOUNCMENT // THE HULL STORY

We are delighted to welcome four new columnists to The Hull Story.

They are Vicky Foster, Joe Hakim, Sam Hawcroft, and Russ Litten.

As well as being great writers, they are all sons and daughters of Hull.

VICKY FOSTER // AUTHOR VOICES // SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

Foster won the 2020 Imison Award for her debut audio drama 'Bathwater'. Here she talks about the experience of writing it, the importance of sharing, what being shortlisted and winning the Imison meant, and offers a few tips for writers new to audio drama.

For more on the Imison Award: authr.uk/imison

BACK TO OURS // NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2020

Back To Ours Celebrate National Poetry Day 2020 with readings from Hull poets. Here Vicky Foster reads her gorgeous poem responding to the theme of 'vision'. This is 'My Stormy Boy'.

WAKEFIELD LIT FEST // POETRY WORKSHOP

Join poet Vicky Foster in this opportunity to develop your skills in creating poetry for performance. This workshop is open to 14-25 year olds.

HOW TO MAKE GREAT AUDIO DRAMA // SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

Why write audio or podcast drama? How do you sell ideas to radio? In-conversation event with Scriptwriters Group chair David Morley alongside award-winning scriptwriter Rhiannon Tise and winners of this year’s Tinniswood and Imison Awards, Ian Martin (The Thick of It) and Vicky Foster. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week Twelve of the SoA @ Home Festival on 6 July 2020.

SHE FEST 2020 //A SHEVENING // #SHEFESTDIGITAL2020

Join us for a proper night in, bursting with entertainment & oozing with talent. Better yet, no show is the same so you could book twice

Singing, dancing, comedy, spoken word - you name it, these ladies have got it and they’re making herstory with it! Celebrate this incredible talent from the comfort of your home.


FIRST STORY // WRITE FROM HOME FESTIVAL 2020 // TUTORIAL

National Writing Day 2020 takes place on 24 June. With most young people at home due to the pandemic, this year’s programme is being delivered digitally. Our NWD 2020 resource bank includes nine, feature-length creative writing video tutorials led by talented First Story Writers-in-Residence.Vicky Foster shares a tutorial on Writing Place. 

LEEDS LIT FEST PRESENTS // VICKY FOSTER & LUNAR-CI:HYMN TO THE MOON

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Hull poet Vicky Foster, whose powerful Radio 4 drama Bathwater has been shortlisted for The Imison Award, performs her poetry in the beautiful radio theatre upstairs at Chapel FM, alongside a unique blend of poetry and improvised music, Lunar-Ci: Hymn to the Moon, created by Charlie Wells and Jacqui Wicks and recently featured on Radio 3’s Unclassified. Lunar-Ci was originally commissioned by ‘Festival of The Moon’ Wakefield 2019 and explores our relationship to the moon.

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THE BOOKSELLER // FOSTER & MARTIN CROWNED SoA AUDIO DRAMA WINNERS

Poet and pub singer Vicky Foster and comedy writer Ian Martin are the winners of this year’s Society of Authors audio drama prizes.

Foster's winning script was deemed a "mesmerising … powerful, gripping’ exploration of domestic violence" by the judges, all of whom are members of the Society of Authors’ Scriptwriters Group (Stefan Buczacki, Jamila Gavin, Nell Leyshon, David Morley, Barney Norris, Hannah Silva, Sean Grundy and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal). The prize of £3,000 is sponsored by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

SOCIETY OF AUTHORS // IMISON SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT 2020

The judges said: "It was mesmerising. Incredibly powerful, gripping and a well-written piece that handles domestic violence in an unconventional way. Bathwater is thoughtful and explores inherited trauma well and has beautiful moments. It has great use of the medium and lovely use of language with some memorable phrases. The writing sucks you in, the characters are strong, and it is an intriguing, arresting piece of poetic drama, that explores the way trouble is passed on. It puts an isolated, overlooked world on the airwaves and it does so in a way that makes you really feel for the people it documents."

BBC AUDIO DRAMA AWARDS 2020 // THE FINALISTS

The list of finalists for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 has been revealed, with Black Water: an American Story, Undercover Mumbai, Forest 404, Stephen Dillane, Rebecca Front, and Alexei Sayle in contention.

REGIONAL WRITING EVENTS // FIRST STORY

Our Regional Writing Events usually take place during the spring term, with at least one event held in each of our three operating regions: London, the East Midlands and the North of England.

HEADSTART HULL

In 2018 a group of young volunteers from the HeadStart Hull programme launched their inspirational and acclaimed suicide awareness campaign called “You Are Not Alone”. This is an updated short film about the You Are Not Alone Campaign, which includes footage from the launch of the campaign on the Humber Bridge.

SHEILA MCLENNON // PICK OF THE WEEK // RADIO 4

"Earlier this year I picked a wonderful Radio 4 play, Bathwater, by the Hull poet Vicky Foster who writes beautifully. Well Vicky was one of Ian McMillan’s guests on The Verb this week, recorded at the Contains Strong Language festival in Hull. Here she is with The Broken Orchestra and her poem celebrating the River Hull, which winds its way fragrantly through the old town, past The Deep and into the Humber."

AUTHOR INTERVIEW // WRECKING BALL PRESS

Having risen to prominence following critically acclaimed appearances at two Contains Strong Language festivals, the broadcast of Bathwater on BBC Radio 4 and with a series of collaborative audio projects thrilling audiences, Vicky Foster reveals more about her work as a poet and author.

PERFORMANCE OF ADELLE STRIPE'S HUMBER STAR // JOHN GRANT'S NORTH ATLANTIC FLUX

Financial Times: “'Humber Star,' for example, had a fantastic depth and poignancy. A poem by Yorkshire writer Adelle Stripe, it was set to a strings and alto flute score by Reykjavík composer Halldór Smárason, and performed at Queens Hall by local poet Vicky Foster with the Sinfonia UK Collective. As the brittle, yearning 40-minute piece unfolded, accompanying visuals revealed the local Gansey jumper design that gave 'Humber Star' its title; these distinct patterns would enable trawlermen’s families — including Stripe’s forebears — to identify relatives drowned at sea."

THE GUARDIAN // 2017 

Of course, there’s more to Hull’s poetry scene than the bard of the Brynmor Jones Library. Larkin himself helped to usher in a new generation in 1982, writing the lyrical foreword for the influential Douglas Dunn-edited anthology, A Rumoured City. In September, Rhodes will co-direct Contains Strong Language, a spoken word festival introducing yet more Hull voices. Dean Wilson, Joe Hakim and Vicky Foster, he hopes, could be the latest in a poetic lineage stretching back to Andrew Marvell.

HUFFINGTON POST // 2017

Contains Strong Language will give a nod to the past but will embrace the future, supporting and encouraging new local talent and giving them a platform alongside first class national and international poets. Well-established and respected names such as Imtiaz Dharker, Bohdan Piasecki and Fred Voss join world-class spoken word artists Kate Tempest and Dr John Cooper Clarke alongside brand new voices including Isaiah Hull, the winner of Words First in 2016, and Hull poet Vicky Foster.

WF LIVE // UNITY WORDS REVIEW // 2016

"This section also included this audience member's highlight of the evening, as Vicky Foster answered the frequently-asked question 'Why do you live in Hull?' with a beautiful love poem to her oft-derided home city. Delivered in those broad vowels peculiar to the land of Airlie Birds and Robins, it expressed a sense of place and a pride in your roots more powerfully, surely, than anything anyone better known has written or said: who'd have thought references to the Hull Daily Mail, pattie and chips or 'hands that placed rugby balls over muddy trylines' could prompt tears in the eyes of a coaldust-in-the-blood son of the West Riding? But then that's the power of words."


HUMBER MOUTH REVIEW 2016 // RUSS LITTEN

"Up next batting for Hull, Vicky Foster.…. she smashes it with poetry birds, pictures of parks and bundles of civic pride. As well as providing seamless links between the poets, Vicky Foster treated us to her brilliant 'Why I Love Where I Live,' a multi-generational journey through the psycho-geographical ley lines of our fair city, celebrating the unique blend of guts, compassion and resilience that makes our people what we are. Superb stuff."

CHANGING TIDES BOOK LAUNCH REVIEW // MICHELLE DEE

"After just eighteen months Vicky Foster has developed into a voice of some note: her honesty and plain-spoken verse, coupled with a clear sense of pride in her roots, has made her stand out. Her poems read like pages torn from a scrapbook, scattered with memories, yet acutely aware of change. Sat in Minerva Pub by the Humber, you can feel the sense of history, the presence of all those who have made this place their own: the poem ‘Why I love where I live’ connects the generations to this spot, then allows each life to spiral out into the city streets where it may. In the poem ‘Smiggy’ – a tribute to a friend, the line ‘tumbling like carefree stigs’ jumps out from the page, immediately painting a picture of rag-tag teens, looking for a place to land. 'Vicky, she holds the heart of the city'… I heard someone say after."