Author, Journalist, broadcaster

Victoria

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 two decades. 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.

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 five 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), two collections of her poetry: A Thousand Steps and Gathering Rosebuds, and 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 steadfast supporter of animal charities, Victoria and her husband David live with rescue dogs.
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.