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More Success For Former English Teacher Virginia Betts

Read more about Virginia Betts (OI 2001-13) career
26 May 2021
Written by Carrie Baker
Alumni News

Virginia graduated from Essex University, in the UK, with a degree in Literature, and later gained a postgraduate degree in teaching English. She taught for 15 years, then set up her tuition business, Results Tutoring, where she indulges her passion for literary analysis whilst helping her students to achieve their potential. She is a passionate advocate for neurodiversity, particularly as she is autistic herself, discovered late in life at the age of 45. Alongside this, she writes poetry, articles, and stories, making her publishing debut in The Weird and Whatnot, with her short story, The Rented Room. Following this, her poem, An Afternoon Walk, was published in the September 2019 volume of Acumen Literary Journal, which has shortlisted more poems of Virginia’s for 2021.

A poem titled, Tourist to the Sun, was featured in an online journal, Voices in early 2020, and Breath and Shadow, published a memoir, (Gifted) and poem (Forest) in editions of the journal Fall 2020, and Winter 2020. Two more poems, Echo and Westminster Bridge 2020 will appear here in Summer 2021. Furthermore, Minerva Rising will shortly feature her poem, Dysmorphic, in the Spring Edition.

Another poem, Flesh and Glass, was a semi-finalist in Sunspot Literary Journal ‘Inception’ competition and will appear in a lockdown anthology, When This Is All Over, (Creative Ink Publishing) in 2021. Virginia was shortlisted for The Latin Programme’s inaugural poetry prize with ‘Lost Property,’ which was published on March 4th, and she talked about this poem in conjunction with The Broadway Bookshop Poetry Sharing evening on 17th March 2021, via zoom. In July and September,

The poetry Journal, Pure Slush, Lifespans Project, will feature Talking About Art (Amsterdam 1995) and Comeback. The Beckindale Poetry Review featured Drowning Day in March 2021, and Virginia’s work and an interview aired on BBC Radio Suffolk on 3rd April 2021, and flash fiction on 8th May 2021, with poems set to be broadcast on the BBC throughout 2021. Three Haiku was published on 14th May 2021 in Love The Words Poetry Anthology 2021 for International Dylan Thomas Day: How Time Has Ticked A Heaven Round The Stars (Infinity Books).

Finally, Virginia’s debut collection of short stories, The Camera Obscure, will be published in late 2021. The written word creates a visceral sensation in Virginia; writing is her preferred method of emotional expression, and stories often come to her in dreams. Her other obsessions are swimming and violin playing. Virginia is married, with one son, aged 20.

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