Today, the Scottish Book Trust, announced the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award and Learning Professional Award, which are given annually to one author or illustrator, and one learning professional, who have had an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland.
The recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award, for her record excellent record of engaging with her audiences, and the writing community, is Edinburgh author Vivian French.
The award panel was impressed by Vivian’s consistent hard work to promote books by other authors and illustrators. She is not only an inspiring figure to those in the industry, but has also acted as a mentor and offered support to budding authors and artists. Vivian is an active advocate for issues such as dyslexia and has had a positive influence on many working in the publishing sector.
Vivian French is an Edinburgh-based writer of picture books, fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry for children and teenagers. In 2016, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature, literacy, illustration and the arts. Vivian has written over 270 titles for children – including the picture book Oliver’s Vegetables and The Tiara Club series of chapter books illustrated by Sarah Gibb – which have sold more than three million copies internationally.
Vivian French said:
I have the most wonderful time visiting schools and festivals, tutoring young illustrators, talking (always talking!) and discussing books and pictures… surely such an award should be for someone who’s earned it by the sweat of their brow? Not someone like me, who skips about having such a very lovely time! I’m not ungrateful – truly I’m not – it’s the most amazing award to be given… but I’m going to redouble my efforts now to ensure that I really deserve it.
All of the team at the City of Literature Trust send their congratulations to Vivian French for her award, and wish her all the best in her future work.
For more information about the Scottish Book Trust Awards and to Meet the latest awardees, head over to the Scottish Book Trust website here.