Friday, 9 November 2018,
18:00 to 20:00
The lecture starts at 18:00 with registration from 17:30.
Vivien gained her B.A. in English Literature at Bedford College London, and trained to become a teacher. She taught for thirty-eight years in a variety of secondary schools and colleges, heading up departments of English and of Media Studies.
It was through teaching the literature of the Great War and taking her sixth-form students to the battlefields of the Western Front that Vivien became fascinated by the history. After retiring from teaching in 2006, she undertook the M.A. course in War Studies at Kings College London. She also began a new career as a writer. She published her first full-length literary biography, Richard Aldington, Poet, Soldier and Lover, in February 2014. (She is now working on the second volume.) She lectures on the literature of the First World War and is a regular contributor of articles to journals. Vivien is a member of the Western Front Association, the Wilfred Owen Association, the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and is an accredited member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.