Diane grew up in Liverpool in the 1960s and 70s and now lives in London.
Her play Kindertransport won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, and has been performed all over the world. Recent work includes Poppy + George, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2016; This Is Me, snapshots of girlhood, interactive memoir as monologue, Chickenshed, 2018. Plays for BBC radio, include Hen Party, Psyche, and Woman’s Hour serial, Tiger Wings. In 2019 she mounted 3 concerts of new opera Song of Dina, with composer Maurice Chernick, giving voice to Dina, silenced sister of the Bible’s Joseph of multi-coloured coat fame.
Her plays and book, Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport are published by Nick Hern Books.
For thirty years, she has been facilitating writing workshops for all ages, encouraging regular creative practice for a vibrant, productive life. She invites child-like playfulness in all her workshops and a spirit of “stop making sense, let go of thinking and give it a go”. Her daily writing prompts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are widely enjoyed.