There’s just one thing that Vivienne loves more than being outdoors, and that’s writing about it. She’s been doing it professionally since 2003, and doing it well – she’s got the client base and the awards to prove it.
She began her career on local newspapers in 1990, edited a business-to-business publication and then returned to newspapers as a sub-editor. It’s this background that has made her into a writer who can create engrossing, lively and informative copy, while maintaining clarity and accuracy. Her experience means she’s adept at sticking to briefs, writing to word counts and never missing a deadline.
Vivienne has won several prestigious awards for her books and magazine features. Joss Naylor’s Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District – the book she co-wrote with the fell-running legend for Cicerone – won the Latitude Press Prize and was runner-up for the overall title of Lakeland Book of the Year in 2022. Another one of her Lake District titles – Walks with History, published by Northern Eye Books – was the 2013 ‘Outdoor Book of the Year’ as voted for by readers of TGO magazine. Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley (Cicerone) was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award in 2012. As a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, Vivienne won the ‘Best Outdoor Feature’ category in the guild’s annual Awards for Excellence in 2010, 2012 and 2018. She has also won the guild’s ‘Best Guidebook’ category award on three separate occasions – in 2010, 2013 and 2018.
After facing her fear of talking in public many years ago, Vivienne now finds she also loves taking part in book festivals, giving presentations to groups and leading writers’ workshops.
You’ll have seen her words and images on the pages of national and regional magazines
and newspapers over the years, including:
Although her background is in magazines and newspapers, Vivienne’s reputation as a respected outdoor writer has meant she’s written for a range of different media since 2003. She’s authored, updated or contributed to more than 40 walking and travel guidebooks; she produces web content and blogs; she updates and copy-checks guidebooks; and she creates informative copy for visitor leaflets, guides to nature reserves, interpretation panels and booklets of walks.
Her clients have included: