Victoria H. Leslie
Victoria Leslie is writer and folklorist, author of a short story collection, Skein and Bone, and a novel, Bodies of Water. Her fiction has accrued a number of awards and nominations and she has been awarded fellowships for her writing at Hawthornden in Scotland and the Saari Institute in Finland, where she researching Nordic water myths. Her non-fiction has appeared in History Today, The Victorianist and Gramarye.
Victoria Leslie is one of the artists working with the WetlandLIFE project, part of the Valuing Nature Programme. She is interested in local storytelling traditions, customs and folklore and in engaging with this material to produce new narratives for the wetlands in writing both fiction and non-fiction.
She has been engaging with theoretical approaches to storytelling, thinking about how narratives contribute to the cultural identity of a place and sometimes function to preserve particular environments, often due to the sentimental associations generated.