Vivien Martin

As soon as I could write, I wrote. Little stories for my younger brothers and sister. Then puppet plays for us all to perform, firstly with glove puppets, then with marionettes. Later I wrote articles about youth events I was involved with in Glasgow and on Iona.

Time spent as an interpreter behind the Iron Curtain led to my first book, Border Crossings. Which was followed by a biography of my grandmother, a remarkable woman who spent much of her life in India.

In 2013 I sent off an article about history and archaeology on Bute to Scottish Islands Explorer magazine – and had an acceptance by return email! Since then I’ve written regularly for them, as well as feature articles every month for iScot Magazine. My writing is about travel in its widest sense – looking at landscape and people through the lens of history, archaeology, politics and geography. What makes us who we are and what makes Scotland the country it is.

When not travelling around Scotland with my camera, I work with the local library service.

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