Vivien Steels

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Literary Fiction, Other, Poetry, Writing for Children

Writer Biography

Vivien Steels is a poet and a painter, who has been widely published in poetry presses, magazines, anthologies and on the Internet, sometimes with artwork. Her paintings are intertwined with her poems, which they illustrate and she has occasional exhibitions of her paintings and illustrated poems. Vivien has designed/produced four collections of her illustrated poems – PROMISE, MANDALA, SECRETS and recently HOME FROM HOME and has just redesigned her website TALKING PAINT featuring her poetry, artwork and prose @ . She also writes short stories (for adults and children), articles and she is writing her first novel. Vivien lives in Nottingham and is currently studying at Nottingham University doing a part-time course in Creative Writing.


Selected Publications

Over 260 poems in poetry presses, magazines and anthologies (including Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, Smiths Knoll, IOTA, Panda, Rain Dog, CPR International, Poetry Nottingham, Poetry Monthly, Countryside Tales, Orbis, Carillon, The New Cauldron, Wordshare, Amber Silhouettes, Purple Patch, Weyfarers, ImageNation, Reflections, Quantum Leap, Peace and Freedom Press, Earth Love, Poetry Cornwall, Solo Survivors, Vantasia, Moonstone, South, Fire, Tree Spirit, The Coffee House, Decanto, Curlew, Poet Express, Hudson View, Quill and Parchment, Little Archive of Poetry, Krax, First Time) and anthologies including Forward Press Poets 2008 & 2009 – The Midlands, Aspects of Love, Love Poetry, Love is Eternal, Expressions from the Heart of England, Daily Reflections, Animal Antics, Easter Inspirations, Story Time Rhymes and Bright Voices.

Collections of Poetry:
Promise – First collection of her poems illustrated in colour with her paintings (Vivi*Press) – June 2003.
Mandala – Second collection of her poems and illustrations (Vivi*Press) – November 2004.
Secrets – Third collection of her poems and illustrations (Vivi*Press) – March 2006.
Home from Home – Fourth collection of her poems andillustrations (Vivi*Press) – June 2008.

Ten Days One Summer – Cat World Annual – 1995
Look Back Again – Colwick Park Wildlife Magazine No: 16 -1996
Slaughter of Our Garden Birds – Colwick Park Wildlife Magazine No: 32 – 2000
Why I Write – Write-Away – Spring 2001
The Garlic Dragon (Gisela’s Story) – The Dragon Chronicle No: 23 Summer 2002
The Garlic Dragon (Lord G’s Story) – The Dragon Chronicle No: 25 Spring 2003
The Garlic Dragon (Hubert’s Story) – The Dragon Chronicle for Summer 2007
The Art of Forgiveness – Gentle Reader No: 29 – March 2004
April’s Fruit – Gentle Reader No: 32 – November 2004
Poetry and Dream Imagery (article) – Artists without Frontiers – March 2005 and Poetry Cornwall 11 – March 2005
Endometriosis & M.E. – M.E. Support 2006
The Copy – Quill and Parchment – January 2007

Performances & Workshops

Art for Life Gallery, Sherwood, Nottingham (Local Artists) – Feb/March 2003
West Bridgford Library – & Talking Paint& exhibition of 40 paintings + 40 poems illustrated with artwork from 2nd -28th June 2003
View from the Top, Waterstones, Nottingham – & Illuminating Illustrators& from 17th April – 9th May 2008. Read about it at

Prizes & Awards

First Prize – Fame Writing Competition (Portrait with a Pen) with Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham linked to an Andy Warhol Exhibition from 29th Mar – 14th July 2002
Second Prize – Lowdham Book Festival 2000 Poetry Competition
Runner up – ‘Write Like D H Lawrence’ Poetry Competition – April 2005
Quill and Parchment Website Award for Excellence in Poetry and Prose 2008

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Live Performances
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    B.Ed. [Hons] in English Literature and Education) – Reading University 1974.
    Worked with age ranges 5 – 11 years.
    Adult Education – lecturer in English Literature and Language.
    Voluntary work in hospitals, hospice and ran a self-help group for women with Endometriosis.
    (Now retired due to M.E.)

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    My Work

    Home from Home
    Publisher: Vivi*Press

    Websites, blogs and links to work