Author details

Victoria Williamson

Biography

A lifelong storyteller and daydreamer, Victoria Williamson is a children’s author and teacher who has lived and worked in Africa, China, America and the UK.

Victoria grew up in Kirkintilloch, north Glasgow, surrounded by hills on the edge of a forest estate where many of her early ghost stories and fantasy tales were born amid the magical trees and spooky old ruined buildings.

After studying Physics at the University of Glasgow, she set out on her own real life adventures, which included teaching maths and science in Cameroon, training teachers in Malawi, teaching English in China and working with children with special needs in the UK.

A qualified primary school teacher with a degree in Mandarin Chinese from Yunnan University and a Master’s degree in Special Needs Education, Victoria is passionate about creating inclusive worlds in her novels where all children can see a reflection of themselves in a heroic role.

Victoria’s experiences of teaching young children in a deprived area of Glasgow, many of whom were asylum seekers, inspired her debut novel, The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, an uplifting tale of friendship between Glasgow girl Caylin and Syrian refugee Reema.

About writer's work

I write fantasy, adventure, science fiction and contemporary issue novels for Middle Grade (9-12), Teen, and Young Adult readers. Many of my books have been inspired by children I have met on my travels, both abroad and here in the UK. I am currently working on a Middle Grade novel exploring the issues faced by a boy with ADHD who is struggling to fit in with his new step-family, and a spooky adventure novel for Teens, centred around a cast of characters with special needs including deafness, Down’s Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Websites featuring the author

Author profileTwitterAuthor Website: Strangely Magical

Current events and projects

As a qualified primary school teacher who has also taught at the secondary and college level, I am happy to visit schools to encourage children of all ages to write their own stories and exercise their imaginations. I can run hour-long interactive, activity-based book talks, as well as longer in-depth creative writing workshops which can be based around diverse themes ranging from fantasy, science fiction and contemporary issues. The main aim of my school visits is to help children develop their love of reading and inspire them to tell their own unique tales through fun, child-centred activities.

Email

victoria.r.williamson@googlemail.com

Local authority where they are based

East Dunbartonshire

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Books written

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

Author(s): Victoria Williamson
Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost.