Playful Writing with Diane Samuels
In this episode, I chat with Diane Samuels, the British playwright behind the hugely successful, Kindertransport. Diane's beautifully confronting play won the Verity Bargate Award in 1992 and Meyer-Whitworth Award in 1993 - enjoying a West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1996 and an Off-Broadway production by Manhattan Theatre Club. We talk about Diane's playful approach to playwriting, her unique Writing & Meditation workshops; plus, a writing adventure that inspired a new creative direction.
Words of Wisdom
Diane Samuels... on being more of a cottage writer than an industrialist: "I want a writing life - the career is only part of that. It's not the point, it's an expression of it. If all you're concerned about is high-output and produce, you're gonna start making tasteless tomatoes!"
Conversation Highlights & Links
- [04:22] Remaining productive and inspired during lockdown
- [06:38] Daily practices in form
- [09:12] Diane's writing space and daily routine, rituals and process
- [20:15] Proprioceptive Writing (Writing the Mind Alive)
- [24:47] A chance writing adventure
- [34:36] Diane's Writing & Meditation workshops
- [38:55] Currently reading > Hamnet & A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
Connect with Diane
- Visit Diane's website
- Connect on Instagram @dianeesamuels
- Connect on Twitter @WritingBright
- Diane's published plays and books
Connect with Paul
- Buy the book, The Writer's Toolkit
- Visit Paul's website
- Connect on Instagram @PaulKalburgi
- Connect on Twitter @PaulKalburgi
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