Diane Samuels has been writing professionally for over thirty years. Her play Kindertransport was winner of the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards in 1992/93 and has subsequently been produced all over the world, currently studied as an exam text. Diane has also written a book about the play, published by Nick Hern Books, which reveals the process of writing it and interviews with those who've worked on it over the years.
At the heart of her work is a passionate championing of female voices, probing of the personal and collective psyche, looking askance at life, wonky thinking, making healing journeys.
Let's look again at what we think we know and discover what we don't know, be fresh-eyed.
After training to teach drama at Goldsmiths' college, university of London in 1983/4, Diane taught full time in inner London secondary schools before leaving to pursue a career as a free-lance professional writer. She has continued throughout her adult life to teach all ages from five year olds to ninety five year olds, in formal and informal contexts, schools, universities and runs a weekly Writers Group online which has been described as 'yoga sessions in writing'.
Since 2012 each year Diane has run a weeks residential course at Cortijo Romero personal development centre in southern Spain.
She was born and grew up in Liverpool in the 1960s and 1970s and has lived in London since the early 1980s.
Current project is WORDS, devoting daily free-flow writing for a week to a different word given by a friend, colleague, acquaintance and shaping a story from what emerges that brings the word to life in a surprising way.