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.