Vivien Whelpton

Educated at Bedford College London, Vivien Whelpton was a secondary school teacher of English and  Media Studies for forty years, retiring from the profession in 2006. She has an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London and a special interest in the poets of the First World War. She has conducted battlefield tours for several years, and has published monographs in the Cecil Woolf War Poets series and contributed articles to the War Poetry Review and the Wilfred Owen Association and Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship journals. Her biography of Richard Aldington, founder member of the Imagist Movement, writer of the best-selling novel Death of a Hero, and subsequently notorious for his iconoclastic biography of T.E. Lawrence, was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize in 2011 and published by Lutterworth Press in January 2014.