Writer in Residence enthrals Loretto Junior School pupils.

Intro Year 7 pupils were transported into the creative world of acclaimed author, Vivian French,

Year 7 pupils were enthralled by a visit from Loretto’s Writer in Residence, Vivian French MBE. Vivian spoke about her career to date and offered pupils some wonderfully valuable advice about creative writing.

Vivian was first published in 1990, a natural progression after careers in the theatre, in counselling and in storytelling. Since then, she has established an enviable reputation as a writer of integrity and imagination, a writer illustrators love to work with, and a writer her readers want to meet. Vivian was awarded an MBE in the 2016 honours list for services to literature, literacy, illustration and the arts.

Despite publishing well over 270 titles, Vivian has led a very busy life away from her keyboard conducting writing workshops for both children and adults, teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2012 she and Lucy Juckes set up PictureHooks, a mentoring scheme for new illustrators that resulted in a hugely successful exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland. The scheme is open again in 2014.

She is 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 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and in 2012 was Guest Selector for the Children’s Programme.

In 2004, Vivian’s play, Hambledog and the Hopping Clogs was performed to great critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe.

In 2009 her play about two teenagers, Baby Baby, toured Scotland, winning four star reviews and ending with a sell-out performance at the Traverse, Edinburgh. It was restaged by Dundee Rep in 2011/2012.

During the late 90s, Vivian was a stalwart of a ground-breaking 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.

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