Vik Shirley  is a poet from Bristol. Her poems have appeared in Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Shearsman Magazine, Zarf, Stride, The Interpreter’s House and in the Dostoevsky Wannabe Cities: Bristol Pamphlet. A poem of hers was commended in the Verve Poetry Competition 2018, judged by Luke Kennard, and was published in the associated city poems anthology, It All Radiates Outwards. She has work forthcoming in HVTN Magazine.

In May, Vik took part in a Poem Brut event at Spike Island performing a piece inspired by Elliot O’Donnell, the Irish, Bristol-based ghost hunter and in July she presented a paper on Tim Key at the Poetry and TV Conference at Birmingham University. Last year she performed an experimental poem written in response to Lorca’s ‘The Cry’ at Frome Festival. In the past, her work has been championed and published online by The Royal West of England Academy and The Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. She has also performed at Verve Poetry Festival, the Arnolfini and Poetry Swindon Festival.

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