Vanessa is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester.
She has a PhD in Creative Writing which focused on young adult fiction. Her middle-grade novel, Flight, was published by Firefly Press in August 2018. She is particularly interested in creative practice, diversity and social networking for authors. Vanessa is one of the judges for the annual GEA/Quarto Diversity Award. She also mentored Kathryn L Kettle who was a 2018 Undiscovered Voice and now has a three-book deal with Stripes Publishing having been signed up by Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.