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Viv French

Kicking off the touring programme for 2015 is the brilliant author, illustrator, playwright and poet Vivian French. Vivian will be touring Primary Schools in Birmingham, visiting over 2000 pupils from 11 different schools, for a jam packed week of stories, magic and perhaps a little mayhem.

A favourite with children of all ages, Vivian will be talking to pupils in years 3 – 6 about her hugely popular Tales from the Five Kingdoms series – a fairy tale world populated by witches, princes, werewolves, a trio of ancient crones, an evil stepsister, multi-generational bat guides and even a hapless troll.

A fantastic actor and storyteller, Vivian will bring the world of the Five Kingdoms alive for pupils. They will learn about how Vivian created The Tales from the Five Kingdoms and what inspires her to write, as well as inventing their own characters and creating stories to share.

We will keep you updated throughout the tour with stories, pictures and videos from the road. In the meantime you can find out more about Vivian in our Author Facts, browse the Book Recommendations, and enter our Competition for a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of The Robe of Skulls!

Author Fact File

Before becoming an author Vivian was an actor, touring schools and theatres in a company that put on shows for children.

Vivian’s favourite foods are chocolate, mashed potato and parsnips!

Vivian has written over 200 fiction, non-fiction and poetry books for children.

On the Bookshelf

Robe of SkullsThe Robe of Skulls

All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. It is a very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge – and some very Ancient crones.

The first in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series, The Robe of Skulls is an exuberant, fast-moving and wildly entertaining tale, with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ugly, The Robe of Skulls will enthral those who like their stories just a little different.

Competition Time

For a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of The Robe of Skulls just answer this simple question.

In The Robe of Skulls what does Lady Lamorna have her heart set on buying?

• A pet alligator
• A new robe
• A throne of skulls

The closing date is Wednesday 28 January. To enter please add your answer as a comment below along with your name and email. View the full terms and conditions here.

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with Vivian’s tour on Facebook and Twitter. And you can find out more about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here.

Scottish Book Trust

The above was provided by Emma Lamont. Emma is the Schools Events Coordinator at Scottish Book Trust.

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