Vivien Jones

Vivien Jones

Freelance writer based in Powfoot

Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it?
I’m a published writer of short stories, poetry and drama, also an early musician (15th-17th century) on viols and recorders mainly, with The Galloway Consort. I also write historical texts for performance, with and without music. Since July 2014 I have been the Literature Animateur for Annandale and Eskdale charged with encouraging literary activity of all kinds in this area. I have also led several community writing projects, each of which has produced a printed book. I’m one of three editors of the region’s literary journal -‘Southlight’ – which has national distribution and reputation.

What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
The space, the light and the landscape – none of which would count for much if so many of the people here weren’t so quirky and creative.

Are you involved in other arts and cultural activities?
Pretty much covered above but I’m always open to suggestions. I’m a keen member of two D&G writing groups, Crichton Writers and Powfoot Writers. I’m a keen photographer, but not a professional – keeps my Facebook page interesting.

What projects are you involved in right now?
Winter is my new writing time so I’m busy with two new scripts for performance later in 2015, drawing together a third anthology for Powfoot Writers and planning a new publication with Crichton Writers.

Hopes, ambitions or plans for 2015?
To remain excited by everything I do.

Have you always been in this role or have you/do you do anything else?
I went to university aged 52 – before that was teaching art and design.

If we asked a friend to tell us something surprising about you, what would they say?
No idea – I don’t think I hide much of myself – maybe that I’m a keen whole food cook.

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