I knew of Vivien Jones and her poetry long before I actually met her. She was one of the poets published by Robert Leach’s Selkirk Lapwing Press in the 2000s. She, like many of the other poets reading at the Symposium, is a poet who regularly promotes the work of others, through the Wigtown Book Festival, or through the excellent Southlight. Here’s a bit of bio:
Vivien Jones Her first poetry collection – About Time,Too – was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in September 2010. In that year she also won the Poetry London Prize. She has completed a second short fiction collection on a theme of women amongst warriors – White Poppies (2012) – with the aid of a Creative Scotland Writer’s Bursary and has adapted two of the stories for theatre performance in 2013. Her second poetry collection –‘Short of Breath’ – was published in November 2014 by Cultured Llama Press. She is one of three editors of ‘Southlight’, a literary journal in south-west Scotland, and one of three Literature Animateurs in Dumfries and Galloway, helping to make things happen on the literary scene. In 2017/18 she has been writing short plays, one of which won a national award.
You can read more about Vivien, here.