Vivienne Glance

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Vivienne Glance combines her background in science (a BSc. Degree in Botany from Imperial College, London) and her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of WA to bring science and literature together in her poems, prose and plays. She received UWA’s Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence in 2011 and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA.

Vivienne's poetry is published in many journals, anthologies and literary magazines. Her first poetry collection was The Softness of Water (Sunline Press) followed by A Simple Rain with photography by Perdita Phillips (Lethologica Press).

She's a founding member of Fossil Fuel Free Arts Network (FFFAN). A recent writing project is “Letters to Our Home: creative reflections on the climate crisis” is available from Mulla Mulla Press -

Her plays have been produced / developed in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, and Europe, including a showcase performance at The International Playwriting Festival, London. Other plays have won prizes and been shortlisted in Australia, UK and USA. Some plays are available online through Australian Plays:

She has written two novels that are being considered for publication. ‘Staring at the Sun’ features biomedical science and extended life expectancy; ‘The story shall be changed’ explores the themes of forests, eco-activism and the mainstream media. 

She’s been awarded writing residencies at: Retreat for Eco-Writers Residency (BREW, Oct 2019), Murringo, NSW (Sept-Oct 2019); Djerassi Resident Artist Program, California, USA (May 2015); Cummins Theatre, Merredin, WA (Stages WA Playwrights Consortium, 2013); The Arts Catalyst in London, UK (WA Playwrights Development Initiative, 2012); The Peter Cowan Writers Centre in Joondalup, WA, 2010. 

Vivienne works with Sudanese writer, Afeif Ismail, co-transcreating his poems and plays into English, including the 2011 AWGIE-nominated The African Magician. A migrant of mixed heritage herself, she mentors writers from multicultural backgrounds with their writing. 

Over a more than 20-year acting career, Vivienne has appeared in both classical and contemporary theatre roles including for Royal Shakespeare Company in London’s West End, Chichester Festival Theatre and UK Regional & London theatres, independent WA companies at The Blue Room and Rechabites Hall (in Perth WA). She's performed several times at Edinburgh, Seattle and London Fringe Festivals and acted in her own works at Sydney and Perth short performance Festivals. She's also appeared in many TV and short films roles, in commercials, and she works as a radio performer and voiceover artist.


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