Vivian’s agents are Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross.


Vivian French

Award-winning author Vivian French visits academy in Erdington to give a lesson in creative writing

Sutton Coldfield Observer

January 31, 2015

YOUNSTERS at Oasis Academy in Streetly Road, Erdington were treated to a visit from an award-winning author this week.

Vivian French visited the pupils to give them a lesson in creative writing as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.

Teacher Mrs Hannah Tipper said: “All the children were enthralled and loved it, those who managed to get a signed book were delighted at the special speech bubbles and messages she wrote.

“Her treasured visit was just what we needed to help inspire our children to become more creative and imaginative in their writing as well as to embrace them into new worlds of reading.”

Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with Vivian French

Kicking off the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in 2015 was the wonderful author, illustrator, playwright and poet Vivian French.

Over the course of a jam-packed week Vivian shared her passion for stories and imagination with almost 2000 primary school pupils from 11 different schools in Birmingham. A fantastic actor and storyteller, Vivian’s schools event focussed on the hugely popular Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and captivated pupils with tales of a magical world populated with ogres, witches, werewolves, zombies and some very silly royals! Pupils were also encouraged to make up their own stories, resulting in some weird and wonderful tales featuring an angry jaguar, a feisty kangaroo, and an extremely hungry monster.

The schools had done some brilliant projects inspired by Vivian’s books. One school transformed the library into a fairytale kingdom and gathered the pupils to tell stories and eat marshmallows in front of an indoor campfire, at another school pupils became fashion designers and designed ghoulish dresses for the evil Lady Lamorna.

“Everyone is a writer!” – Author Vivian French visits Bells Farm

January 27, 2015

Bells Farm were privileged to welcome the author Vivian French to school on Monday (26th January).

She spent quite a while talking to the whole of KS2 about how she writes her books.

Did you know she was not very good at writing when she was at school? She was VERY good at something else though… talking!

As she was good at talking she later became an actress and then a story teller, that is how she then fell into writing. She met another author who encouraged her to write stories… and so it began.

Vivian gave a lot of very useful tips! She said writing a plan was very helpful and that editing work was essential. Vivian once wrote a book and then deleted it all to start again because her editor said she could really needed work on it. Vivian said it was the most important part of writing a story- re-writing parts that needed improving. There is a lesson to be learnt there for us all.

Vivian was hugely impressed with the questions that were being asked, so well done all those children that asked one.

Vivian’s favourite book at the moment is Robe of Skulls and probably the trickiest one to write as it had so many characters and she had to make sure they were in the right place at the right time.

Vivian’s favourite question was from Chelsea in Year 4 – “On a scale of 1-10, how good would you say you were at writing descriptions?”

Vivian was very impressed! I am not sure her answer was what everyone expected…2! Yes 2! She said she is not very good at descriptions and that is why she finds other ways to make her writing interesting.

KS1 were impressed when Vivian told them all about her books on Oliver. She saw the display of their work in the library too and was very pleased with all the work they had done.

It was lovely to have Vivian sign bought copies of her books too.

Let’s hope Bells Farm are inspired to write! Remember what Vivian said…everyone is a writer.