Vianne has been crafting children’s stories across various media since 2006.
Her story Neo and the Big, Wide World was selected as the official World Read Aloud Day story for the Nal’ibali national literacy drive, which was read aloud to a record 365 849 children on the day. The story was translated into all 11 official languages of South Africa and published across leading local newspapers, with illustrations by Madam & Eve cartoonist, Rico. It was also broadcast as an audio story across all 17 SABC radio stations, and turned into a sign language video for the hearing impaired.
Her creative commons-licensed story, Sizwe’s Smile, is published by the amazing Book Dash initiative, which works to get books into the hands of underprivileged children across South Africa. Thanks to the creative commons license, the story has been used by teachers and storytellers across the world, from India and Africa to the UK and the USA.
Between 2014 and 2018, Vianne wrote, produced and voiced over 600 episodes of the children’s radio shows Nal’ibali and Sharp Sharp on the national news station, SAfm, as well as Storiedieretuin on the award-winning Afrikaans radio station, RSG. She also recorded and produced audio book versions of the book series A Little Horse Called Pancakes, by Candice Dobson-Noakes.
Vianne has written for various children’s television series, creating and scripting the animated short film Paperclip Boy with the Anamazing workshop project, and writing on the children’s animated series Squigglemajig and Learn Like Lerato, under the editorship of Jungle Beat writer Sam Wilson at Bubblegum Studios. Both series aired on DSTV’s Mindset channel and E.tv. Learn Like Lerato is distributed as a DVD set to schools, accompanied by storybook versions.
In adult fiction, Vianne served as the story editor of the South African genre fiction magazine, Something Wicked, for six years. The publication was the first to publish now-internationally acclaimed authors such as Sarah Lotz and Clarke Award winner Lauren Beukes.
Vianne’s dystopian science-fiction short story, Acid Test, was published in African Monsters anthology, edited by Margrét Helgadóttir.
Vianne has a background in entertainment and lifestyle journalism, and currently works as a publicist for the African streaming service Showmax.
She shares her home in Cape Town with her partner, her daughter, two cats and a bunny.