Fiona Ritchie Walker

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Welcome to the website of Fiona Ritchie Walker

Fiona writes poetry and short fiction. Originally from Montrose — her mother’s home town —she has lived for many years in NE England and now divides her time between Blaydon and Bournville, where her father grew up.

Fiona's work has won prizes and commendations in dozens of national and international literary competitions, including the National Poetry Competition, several Mslexia Poetry Competitions, Fish Flash Fiction and Bristol University’s Secret Life of Data competition.  

She has taken part in festivals including Books on Tyne, CoastWord and the Edinburgh Fringe, and read her prize-winning poem, Mrs Thorpe's Arithmetic, on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please.

Her poems have been anthologised by the British Council, in 10 editions of New Writing Scotland and many publications including titles from Dreich and Grey Hen Press.


As part of an award from New Writing North, Fiona received a year’s mentoring in short stories from Sara Maitland. Since then, her fiction has been widely published in anthologies and online.

She has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2018. Find her on Twitter @guttedherring