Author, poet and playwright Vivienne Plumb was born in Australia and lived in Wellington for over thirty years before heading north in 2008. She has published four collections of poetry, two chapbooks of poetry, a novella, a novel and several playscripts, and her most recent book is poetry chapbook The Cheese and Onion Sandwich and Other New Zealand Icons (Seraph Press, 2011). Plumb’s awards include the 1993 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award for Love Knots (1994) and the Hubert Church Award for a first book of fiction for The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in her Sleep (1993).
Her current project is a novel with political themes set in Wellington, which is one reason why she applied for the Randell residency.
Vivienne Plumb says, ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Wellington in July 2012 to take up the Randell Cottage writing residency. Being able to stay in the cottage and write for six months on a stipend will be fantastic, plus it is an excellent opportunity to be able to gather any research I need for the novel.’