Victoria Kingston

Victoria Kingston read English at University College, London, then qualified as an English teacher at London University. She taught in tertiary colleges in Hounslow and Twickenham for 16 years. She is also an experienced private tutor.

In 1996, she became a full time writer, doing magazine interviews with authors and actors from stage and screen: Wendy Craig, Timothy West, Susan Hampshire, Katie Fforde, Richard Attenborough – and recently, the sparkling duo Ashleigh and Pudsey.

For some time, she hosted Monday Books, a popular, weekly book programme on Thames FM, serving an audience of almost a million people in South-West London and North Surrey. She also edited a web lifestyle magazine, Bowl of Cherries, which one reader described as: “a web version of Radio Four.”

Victoria is a respected critic of books and audio books. For some years, she was a judge for the Spoken Word Awards, a prestigious annual event held at The Dorchester Hotel. The awards honoured actors, producers and publishers of  the year’s audio books. Victoria judged the Biography entries and was also on the Short List Panel. Winning actors included: Felicity Kendal, Isla Blair, Patricia Hodge.

Victoria has written four books: Simon and Garfunkel, the Definitive Biography, published in hardback and paperback in the UK and the USA, and available on Kindle, Hounds At Home, a collection of stories about greyhounds (co-written with Hilary Johnson), A Thousand Steps, a collection of her poetry – and recently, Doggy Mixtures, a collection of diverse stories about many breeds of dog.

In 2011, Victoria was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent a gruelling year of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The treatments were successful, and the ordeal made Victoria realise she must seize the day.

A passionate supporter of animal charities, Victoria and her partner David have five adopted greyhounds. Victoria co-founded Hound Aid, which supports and raises money for smaller dog charities.

Victoria is regularly asked to give talks at libraries, clubs, schools and colleges, and local events. She is also asked to judge competitions for creative writing and published books. She lives in hope that, one day, she will be asked to judge an ice cream competition, but so far, this has not happened.