I'm a Manchester based author available for half-day school visits.
I offer an interactive talk about my journey to becoming an author, my inspirations and the themes explored in my writing (this is then followed by a Q&A.) As ‘My Life as a Chameleon’ explores some challenging issues this is recommend for Year 9 and above.
Talks can then be followed by creative writing workshops. I offer workshops on: using your memories and experiences in your fiction, writing about identity, and how to create a compelling story.
£300 (plus travel expenses and accommodation if outside Manchester) for half day visit including an author talk and up to two creative writing sessions.
I also offer 30 minute virtual Q&A’s for £75
Feedback from students at St Bede's Academy, Manchester:
What did you like about the author talk?
'I liked seeing her family, it made it feel a lot more real.'
'Learning about her inspiration and her life as an author.'
'The process of her becoming an author.'
'I really enjoyed how Diana explained the small but significant details that came into her novel.'
'She had lot's of visuals for the themes in her novel for example the wildlife for the nature theme.'
What did you enjoy about the workshops?
' I loved them because i was thinking about my family and where i came from and it was the same with the talk I just love that it made me more interested in my own family history.'
'The level of the students’ poetry.'
'It was a very pleasurable experience, especially with an author.'
Reviews of my book:
A tender and vivid portrait. Suzi Feay, Financial Times, 'Best Books of the Summer 2023'