Victoria Princewill FRSA is a historical novelist, with an academic background that stretches from the arts to STEM. Her first book, In the Palace of Flowers, will be published in the UK in February 2021 & worldwide in March 2021. Her next work is a YA historical fiction novel, part of a two-book deal with Scholastic.
She is currently studying for her third degree in Neuroscience at King’s College London. Prior to this, she received a BA (Hons) & MA (Oxon) from Oxford University in English Literature & a Master of Arts from UCL in Philosophy. Her third degree is her first MSc, the Ph.D. though in STEM will be crossdisciplinary.
Formerly a management consultant and a freelance journalist, Victoria’s career spanned the public and private sectors before she moved into fiction. She has worked at Accenture, the Financial Times & Demos (a political think tank), and in the fintech and healthtech startup sphere(s). As a writer she has been published by BBC News, the Guardian, London Review of Books, n+1 & gal-dem, to name a few.
As a speaker, she has given keynote speeches & spoken on panels & been a guest speaker for conferences, schools, salons & a slew of BBC outlets, including BBC World Service, BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio London & more, discussing issues as broad as art, culture, race, gender, and history.
A committed community organiser, an undergraduate she co-founded TEDxOxford and as an alumna ran the Oxford Black Alumni Literary Salons. She does outreach work with Target Oxbridge, helping minority students prepare for Oxbridge admissions. She also created a fellowship programme pairing brilliant students from disadvantaged boroughs with leading companies in the tech industry.
In her spare time she tutors low-income & chronically ill secondary school students.