Author details

Vivian French

Biography

Vivian French was best known at school for not really being very good ay anything, especially games. And PE. She did, however, love reading, and continued her attachment to words by becoming first an actor and playwright, then a story-teller, and finally a writer of children's books. Many of them are for sevens and under, but she writes for older children too - also non-fiction, which she says is very exciting because you find out so many things you never knew about. At the moment Vivian is writing the fifth book in her series of Tales From the Five Kingdoms (for readers of eight upwards), a non-fiction picture book about horses (to be illustrated by the fabulous Catherine Rayner), a new series featuring fairy godmothers, and a couple of plays. She lives in Edinburgh, and has four grown up daughters and three grandchildren.

About writer's work

I've been talking to children about books, and encouraging them to enjoy the process of writing stories, for nearly twenty years now; I occasionally run in service events for teachers, and writing workshops for adults. I was Writer in Residence at Swansea Festival for ten years, and Children's Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for five years; currently I'm very proud to be Patron of the Family Day at the Borders Book festival in Melrose. I still write plays as well as books, and I also work with the illustration students at Edinburgh College of Art. Books: 250 titles, including poetry, non-fiction, and stories for reluctant readers. I write for the very young right up to teenagers, and my books have been translated into more than thirty languages. I've won a few awards and been on a number of short lists, and over half a million of my books are borrowed each year from public libraries. It's a great life, and I love it.

Current events and projects

I'm not as available as I used to be (old age is creeping near), but I never turn down a really interesting offer!! Storytelling. Workshops. Talks for children and/or adults. Workshop for adults on 'Writing for children'. Workshop for teachers 'Stimulating Children's Writing'. Please contact me through my agents, Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross of Fraser Ross Associates.

Email

vivianfrench@mac.com

Local authority where they are based

Edinburgh

Local authorities where they can work

Edinburgh

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

The Snarling of Wolves

Author(s): Vivian French
The Web of Power which keeps the Five Kingdoms safe from evil is under threat. Foyce is determined to destroy it so she can take a terrible revenge on her step-sister, Gracie Gillypot.

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

Author(s): Vivian French
From the author of the Tiara Club series comes a gently satirical fairy story for our times, illustrated by one of today's finest artists, Angela Barrett.

Micky's Magic Pencil

Author(s): Vivian French
Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together.

Ellie and the Sea Monster

Author(s): Vivian French
Ellie is no ordinary Princess. She is determined to reach the Hill of Promises in time for the setting of the Second Sun and cast her very own wish.

Stargirl Academy 1: Lily's Shimmering Spell

Author(s): Vivian French
Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds!

Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza (Early Reader)

Author(s): Vivian French
Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together.

Pig in Love

Author(s): Vivian French
Illustrated by: Tim Archbold
Pig and Piggie are in love but her Daddy will not let them be married until pigs can fly. Cow, on her way to the moon in her balloon, has an idea.
A Creepy Crawly Story (Early Reader)

A Creepy Crawly Story (Early Reader)

Author(s): Vivian French
Illustrated by Selina Young <P> When naughty Wizz Bee and Buzz Bee come home without any honey, Queen Bee is very cross. Can they cheer her up with a story?
The Perfect Pet Shop (EARLY READER)

The Perfect Pet Shop (EARLY READER)

Author(s): Vivian French
Illustrated by Selina Young <P> After dark at the pet shop, the animals are having lots of fun, in this charming story, perfect for early readers.
The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

Author(s): Vivian French
Illustrated by Sue Heap <P> Cherry has a cold but she doesn't want to go to the doctor. Her mum gently persuades her and when she gets there she finds it's not scary at all.

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