Vivien graduated from the Languages Faculty of Bari University (Italy) with full marks with honours, with a thesis on “The Bagpipe: its Role and Symbolism in British Eighteenth-century Literature”. She has followed her interest in bagpipes, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Professor Murray Pittock and Dr David McGuinness.
She is one of the winners of the Stephen Copley Postgraduate Research Award (2012), and is currently a Project Assistant in the ‘Cullen Project’ (‘The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’).
One of her major interests is writing fiction and short stories, for which she has won various national prizes in Italy. In 2011 she won her first international prize, for which she received a mention in the 2011 University of Glasgow College of Arts 2011 Marks of Excellence.