Vik Shirley is a poet from Bristol now living in Edinburgh. Her chapbook Corpses was published by Sublunary Editions in 2020. Since then, her collection The Continued Closure of the Blue Door (HVTN), her book of photo-poetry Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid (Hesterglock) and her pamphlets Grotesquerie for the Apocalypse (Beir Bua) and Poets (The Red Ceilings), have also been published. Her work has appeared in such places as Poetry London, The Rialto, Magma, Shearsman, Tentacular, Perverse, Tears in the Fence and 3am Magazine. She has a PhD in Dark Humour and the Surreal in Poetry from the University of Birmingham (under the supervision of Luke Kennard) and is a Poetry School tutor, teaching on the Surreal Narrative and the Grotesque in poetry. Vik is Associate Editor of Sublunary Editions and Editor of Surreal-Absurd for Mercurius magazine. Follow her @VikShirley.


Corpses, is available from Sublunary Editions HERE.

The Continued Closure of the Blue Door, is available to buy HERE

Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid is available to order HERE

Grotesquerie for the Apocalypse, is available to buy HERE

Poets, is available to buy HERE


A selection of her work from Corpses and The Continued Closure of the Blue Door published in Mercurius.

Two poems published by ANTHROPECENE

Two poems from Molly Bloom

Four poems in Tentacular

Review of David Spittle’s collection All Particles and Waves

Interview from May 2020, with Matt Haigh HERE

Seven short fictions in The Fortnightly Review

Ghosts published by The Babel Tower Notice Board HERE

I Never Intended to Get into Breeding published by Interpreters House HERE.

Visual work published by 3am Magazine is available HERE.

Two poems published on Burning House Press can be read HERE

corpses cover


Vik Poets cover

DWC - Bristol cover