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Tutor news: Vicky MacKenzie

Bloomsbury has won a two-way auction for Victoria MacKenzie’s debut novel based on the lives of two medieval mystics. 

Commissioning editor Allegra Le Fanu acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, as well as audio, to two novels from Sam Copeland at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Publication is planned for early 2023, backed by a major marketing and publicity campaign. 

Huge congratulations to OCA Creative Writing tutor Vicky MacKenzie on this highly prestigious book deal for her novel. Any of her students will agree that she is a wise and wonderful writer as well as a wonderful tutor – so it’s great news to hear of the imminent publication of this fascinating book. 

Barbara Henderson, OCA Programme Leader for Creative Writing.

MacKenzie said: “I am completely delighted that my work has found a home at Bloomsbury, and I’m honoured to be joining their incredible list of writers.  I fell in love with Julian and Margery through their books, and I hope my fictional retelling will bring their remarkable lives to new readers.” 

Copeland called it “an extraordinary” novel. He added: “It is a powerhouse; moving, exhilarating, beautiful, wise. I fell head over heels with this book, and I can’t wait for everybody else to too.” 

Read all about it here.

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6 thoughts on “Tutor news: Vicky MacKenzie

  • The book sounds fascinating. We have several painting students exploring mysticism- maybe we could set up a cross discipline lecture event or evening with? X

  • Thanks Barbara, for your post and kind comments – I’m chuffed to bits! For those wondering about my novel on John Ruskin (which I’ve been blethering about since 2013!), it will be my second novel, published by Bloomsbury in 2025 (which sounds like the distant future, but I know will be here all too soon – so I’d better finish it!).
    And thanks Emma for your comment, and suggestion of a mystics event! I’m actually no expert on mysticism, but would be very happy to be a participant in a wider discussion on the topic.

  • Vicky that’s fantastic news! So pleased for you. The subject has stuck in my head ever since you spoke about one of your subjects at dinner in Bradford that night.

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