This is the formal bit, written by my very lovely agent...
first publishedin 1990,a natural progression after careers in the theatre, in counselling and in storytelling. Since then,she has establishedan enviable reputation as a writer of integrity and imagination, a writer illustrators loveto work with,and a writer her readers want to meet.
It’s very nice of her to say that ... actually, I love meeting people and talking to them. Other people’s lives are so fascinating. If you’re hoping to find out how I got to bean
author havea look at the links to the interviews...
Despite publishing well over 200 titles, Vivian has led a very busy life away from her keyboard conducting writing workshops for both childrenand
adults, teaching at Edinburgh College of Art, and mentoring new writers and illustrators.
Spending time with new illustrators is really exciting. They are so enthusiastic, and full of new and fresh ideas. The children’s book world isa
small one in many ways, but meeting the talentof the future is a real thrill.
proud to have appeared at every Swansea Book Festival, and as a result developed several theatre pieces in conjunction with local schools. She has been Writer in Residence atthe Edinburgh International Book Festival andin 2004, her play, Hambledog and the Hopping Clogs was performed to great critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe.
I was DELIGHTED that Hambledog was hopping again; it was performed at the Young Vic studio theatre in 1976/7, and I toured with it as well. I was Granny Cobble ... but that was a long time ago.
In 2009 her play about two teenagers, Baby Baby, touredScotland,
winning four star reviewsand ending with a sell out performance at the Traverse, Edinburgh. See review by Joyce McMillan, the Scotsman
During the late 90s, Vivian was a stalwart of a groundbreaking Scottish project, The Readiscovery Book Bus, visiting schools throughout mainland and island Scotland where she established a very devoted readership, and was inspired to write even more stories. She now travels less ... or so she says. Her family are not convinced.
Oh - I did so LOVE the Book Bus! It was a truly wonderful time, and I’ll be forever grateful to the Scottish Book trust for making it possible. I’m still madly in love with the Western Isles...
lived mainly in London, Bristol and now Edinburgh. She is married withfour daughters, and three grandchildren, and she has one goldfish.
And I’d like to thank Edinburgh for making me feel that I’ve finally come home.