Diane Samuels

Diane facilitates writing workshops for all ages, encouraging regular creative practice for a vibrant, productive life. She also works as Writer in Residence at Grafton Primary School in Islington, London.

Previous participants on Diane’s courses have said:
'Brilliant content. Personable approach.'
'Creative, fun, playful, varied, inspiring, productive, exciting.'
'Excellent tips for getting started.'
'Strong and supportive.'

KINDERTRANSPORT won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, first produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993, translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off Broadway and all over the world.

Other plays include THE TRUE-LIFE FICTION OF MATA HARI, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002; CINDERELLA'S DAUGHTER, Trestle Theatre tour, 2005; HOW TO BEAT A GIANT, Unicorn Theatre, 2007; PERSEPHONE (a love story), with Maurice Chernick, Rosemary Branch, 2013; THE A-Z OF MRS P, with Gwyneth Herbert, Southwark Playhouse, 2014; POPPY + GEORGE, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2016; THIS IS ME, snapshots of girlhood, interactive memoir as monologue, Chickenshed, 2018; THE RHYTHM METHOD, with Gwyneth Herbert, a musical love story (with contraception) funded by the Wellcome Trust, work in progress showings at Bush Theatre Fertility Fest, and the Landor, 2018.

Plays for BBC radio, include HEN PARTY, PSYCHE, Woman’s Hour serial, TIGER WINGS.

Her plays and book, "DIANE SAMUELS' KINDERTRANSPORT" are published by Nick Hern Books.

In 2019, the concert world premiere of opera SONG OF DINA, music by Maurice Chernick and words by Diane, will take place at St James’s Church, Paddington, London on April 10th and 11th.

Goldsmiths’ College, London, 1983 to 1984, PGCE Drama.

Central School for Speech and Drama, London. 1987 to 1989, Advanced Diploma in Speech and Drama (distinction).

Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton, Devon - Jan 2010. Tutor for intensive residential creative writing course for one week for 17/18 yr olds.

Seminar leader for TeenInk, US young writers magazine, two week residential summer school in London – June/July 2007.

Hackney Downs School, Downs Park Rd, E5 - Full time Drama Teacher, 1984 to 1987. Including residential weeks for GCSE students in Kent.

North Westminster Community School, WC2 - Full time Acting Head of Drama, 1987 to 1988.

Middlesex University - Visiting Lecturer for BA Writing, 1998 to 2001. Modules taught include: "Image and Imagination"; "Scriptwriting"; "Writing for Screen and Radio"; "Verbal Arts"; individual tutorials with third year students.

Oxford University Dept. of Continuing Education, Tutor for Creative Writing BA, summer school, 2002.

University of Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer for BA in Drama, playwriting module, 2003 and 2005.

Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, Visiting Lecturer for BA in Drama, “Culture and Performance”, 2004.
Reading University. Visiting Creative Writing Fellow, Jan to March, 2007

Homerton Youth Theatre, Homerton Yth Club, E8. Director/workshop leader, 1985 to 1989.

Unicorn Theatre, Great Newport Street, WC2. Education Resources Officer: writer of all education materials, organiser of schools workshop programme and director of youth theatre, 1988 to 1991.

Writer in residence for TEXT, Writers in Schools project, Islington.
2003 - Hugh Myddleton Primary School
2005 - Prior Weston Primary School; William Tyndale Primary School
2006 - IAMS (Secondary school) - joint residency with British Library
Grafton School/Montem School/Poole’s Park primary schools Drayton Park School
2007 - St John The Evangelist School; Canonbury School

NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education) residencies
2007 - Belfairs secondary school,
2008 - Barlby Primary School, London

2007 - playwriting workshops at Alperton School, Brent, for Mousetrap Foundation with 14/15 year olds.

2007 - series of playwriting workshops at City of London Girls School.

Jan 2007 to present - Writer in Residence at Grafton School, Islington
Developing regular writing practice for children throughout the school, ages 5 to 11.
Also projects include: facilitating groups of students to produce "The Runaways" and "The Free Orphan" - booklets of creative writing and animated film (with artist in residence, Tessa Garland); and collaboration with Whittington Hospital to publish children’s guide for other children coming to "Emergency Department - A Child’s Adventure in A & E".

Autumn term 2010 - Writer in Residence at Channing School, Highgate, London

Spring term 2011 - Residency at Laycock School, Islington, London

Sept 2003 to present - Founder and facilitator of regular writers group for adults of all ages aimed at consistent development of creative writing practice.
Free-lance consultant and mentor for individual writers developing works of fiction and drama.
Workshop leader with movement director Liz Ranken, combining movement and creative writing.

"The Play of The Monster Garden"
Published by Heinemann, 1992.

Published in UK by Nick Hern Books and in USA by Penguin/Plume, 1995.
Educational publication by Heinemann Plays, 2009.

Chapter "About Then: History Plays" in "State of Play" ed David Edgar
Published Faber and Faber Ltd, 1999

"The True Life Fiction of Mata Hari"
Published by Nick Hern Books, 2002

"Across The Divide"
contributor to anthology by Muslim/Jewish writers, pub Nov 2004

"A Writer’s Magic Notebook"
British Library publication, March 2006

"3 Sisters on Hope Street"
Published by Nick Hern books, 2008

Email: dianesamuels@mac.com

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