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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

SMH/The Age
Perfect blood-red sunsets? Shared pictures mask the blood and sweat of fire victims
Gypsy blocked from attending siblings’ school
21 years on, Harry Potter still has magic powers

ABC online
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?

The Saturday Paper
Big little black belt: Evie Cassel, 11, Taekwondo black belt
Skipping a beat: Luke Boon, 27, Rope Skipper
That daring young man: Matthew Wareing, 17, flying trapeze

SBS
Ten years since Australia got its first female prime minister
I am living with a century of wisdom: the Homeshare initiative
Why don’t fictional characters ever have their period?

MiNDFOOD magazine
Embracing Failure (June 2020 print issue)
Relaxing the senses (September 2019 print issue)

Atlas Obscura
The charmed second life of Australia’s cursed ‘Disco Dong

HappySad Magazine
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)

For a full list of my Essential Baby stories, click here and for Essential Kids, click here.

The Byron Shire Echo
Zeb Samples the region
Dustyesky hits WOMAD
Localising the war on coffee cup waste
For a full list of my Byron Shire Echo stories, click here.

Domain
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.

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Top 10 places to eat in Byron Bay if you only have a weekend
Only in Byron would there be a cafe with no espresso machine

Whimn
Football should be a 4-letter word

Daily Life
Gender quotas for the Australia Day Honours are a must
The Australia Day honours list still has a gender problem. But you can help.

realestate.com.au
Six cleaning items that (sob!) also need cleaning
The hottest lighting ideas for 2018
Five ways to create an epic centrepiece

Kidspot
These AFL-inspired baby names will help predict footy stars of the future
When the Tooth Fairy ****s Up

Babyology
5 days that nobody told me about before I became a parent

My Career / Money
Creative entrepreneurs need more than passion to make it on business stage
Finding free fun can be child’s play
Walking the talk about death

On the Road magazine
Splash into history
Layer upon Layer
Retro Van: Welcome to a 40s Wonderland

Child Magazines
Our Girl Summer
A Break In Routine
The Awe of Four

In addition to this list, I have been published in Great Walks, Families Magazine, Lift Magazine and Byron Shire News.

For a fuller list of publications, click here. If you are interested in my content writing for business and organisation, head over here.

“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

 

Photo credit: Andrew Neel on Unsplash