‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’ Retold by Anthea Bell, and More

November 09, 2015

Fairy tale retellings: Climb up a pile of these revamped, remixed and rehabilitated classics and we reach high enough to wake the giant. And yet, no matter how much we empower the princess, humanize the witch and emasculate the prince, or how earnestly we whack and whittle these tales to reflect us, we seem only to make the original tales stronger.

The most wonderful thing in the world – in pictures

November 09, 2015

A dog performing card tricks, a piece of frozen sky, mermaids doing somersaults… just what is The Most Wonderful Thing in the World? Vivian French talks us through some of the beautiful illustrations by Angela Barrett from their heart-warming fairytale about our values.

Ask the Author: Vivian French

February 10, 2015

Vivian French is the hugely popular author of over 200 children’s books, including the Tiara Club and Tales from the Five Kingdoms series as well as non-fiction books such as Caterpillar Butterfly and Growing Frogs. She took some time out from visiting schools in Birmingham as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to chat to us about persistent bats, her love of comic fantasy and her brand new series of books.

Vivian French Learning Resources - Weird and Magical Worlds

February 03, 2015

The Robe of Skulls is a perfect opportunity to dive into the world of fantasy, magic and odd creatures, and this resource is here to help with suggestions to get you started.

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

January 31, 2015

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

Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour with Vivian French

January 31, 2015

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

“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).

Highters Heath Community School

January 26, 2015

Popular children’s book author Vivian French visited Highters Heath on Monday 26th January 2015.

My inspiration: Vivian French on her own father – and Rudyard Kipling

January 13, 2015

Vivian French grew up in a world full of crazy stories, limericks, inaccurate nursery rhymes and dreadful poetry thanks to her inspirational father, who also introduced her to the genius of the Just So Stories – and that’s how she fell in love with writing her own.

Vivian French: What I’m thinking about ... why children don’t read

August 15, 2012

‘Often, the brightest and most imaginative contributors are those who struggle with decoding letters on a page. They’re not stupid but they’re often made to feel they are’
Guardian article

Dundee Rep’s ‘Baby Baby’ Visits Dundee Community Centres

January 17, 2012

Dundee Rep staged a production of Vivian French’s much loved story ‘Baby Baby’ and toured it to 7 community centres across Dundee.

This is not a six word novel - Author Visit: Vivian French

May 03, 2011

I hope I’m not giving away a Edinburgh Bookshop secret here, but when I worked there, a very common phrase to hear was ‘When I grow up, I want to be like Vivian French.’ And I do. This is why. Pull up a seat, y’all!

Vivian French Interview with

February 05, 2010

Vivian French talks to - read the full article here.

The Zone interview with Vivian French

August 01, 2009

This edition I was lucky enough to meet the amazing Vivian French! She’s the author of tonnes of great books like, the Tales of Five Kingdoms series. She even wrote all the Tiara Club adventures. Read the interview here.

Scottish Book Trust Interview with Vivian French

May 12, 2009

Chris Newton asked Vivian about her inspirations for Sparkle Street, as well as getting a few hints of some of her forthcoming books. He also challenged her to the most important question of all: “how fast can you say Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper?” Listen now and find out…

Scotsman Theatre Review: Faithful execution

February 12, 2009

by Joyce McMillan
Based on the novel by Vivian French, Baby Baby is a beautifully structured double monologue delivered straight to the audience by two young teenage mothers, “good girl” April, who always wears perfect white trainers, and rebellious Pinkie, a young goth with black-painted fingernails, and wild clothes colour-coded in black and purple.

Vivian French Scotsman interview

January 09, 2009

by Lee Randall
WIMPISH AND WEEDY, YOUNG Vivian French wasn’t a “fitter inner”, as she puts it. “I had rather small feet and a rather large head and I would fall down a lot. The way my father would keep me walking was that we’d make up rhymes together. He’d make up a line and I had to do the next one.”

The Robe of Skulls

April 02, 2008

The Robe of Skulls won the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Award for 2008.

It is shortlisted for the 2008 Royal Mail award for children’s books in Scotland and for the Southwark Book Award 2008.

Vivian French interview - Robe of Skulls

June 01, 2007

An interview with Vivian French author of The Robe of Skulls. You can download the PDF here or read online version.