I write for newspapers, magazines and online publications on topics relating to parenting, food, travel, opinion, lifestyle, design and money. I write a mix of personal stories and researched pieces. I was a recipient of a Walkley Grant for Freelance Journalists from 2019-2020.
A selection of my stories:
School fundraising stories arising from Walkley Grant for Freelance Journalists (2019-2020)
School fundraising: fact, fiction, fantasy and a possible future, Walkley Foundation via Medium
Volunteer fundraising helps prop up public schools, but should it?, ABC News online
As volunteers become harder to attract, school fundraising fatigue is biting hard, ABC News online
The reality of Australia’s free public education, The Saturday Paper
Walking our Walkley Path, Walkley Foundation via Medium
Big money: the science of a successful school fete, Essential Kids
Coronavirus isolation means now is the time to fight nits and lice before school goes back
Byron Bay’s ‘Disco Dong’ sculpture cut down but like a phoenix, it will rise again
Why does TV still struggle to capture the truth about childbirth?
Embracing Failure (June 2020 print issue)
Relaxing the senses (September 2019 print issue)
The charmed second life of Australia’s cursed ‘Disco Dong‘
Sleep: A prescription for good mental health (for full details, see happysadmagazine.com.au
Essential Kids / Essential Baby
I let my 12-year-old get up at 4am to play Fortnite
Ten types of parents you’ll see at every dance concert
Big money: the science of a successful school fete (this story was written with support of a Walkley Grant for Freelance Journalism)
Who are the vulnerable people in your neighbourhood?
All in the family: Australian who have bought their childhood home
When house hunting feels like dating: House types reimagined as life partners
For a full list of my Domain stories, click here.
In addition to this list, I have been published in Great Walks, Families Magazine, Lift Magazine and Byron Shire News.
“In her time writing for Domain, Vivienne has proven herself to be engaging and resourceful writer who files on time and to a high standard. She knows what resonates with our audience and has written some of our most popular stories.”
– January Jones, Lifestyle Editor, Domain
“Vivienne interviewed me for an article. She knew all the right questions to ask and her gentle nature made it feel like we were having a conversation over coffee. I was very impressed when I read the article once it was published, it was perfect.”– Kathleen O’Brien, Floral Designer at Flower Dayz