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Joanna Hempel is a playwright turned novelist with over thirty plays and dozens of sketches to her credit. Since 2012 she has concentrated on writing historical novels, covering events in Eastern Europe from 1914, and divides her time between Warsaw and Sydney. Volume 1 of her planned trilogy, published in English as Feet of Wax, Love and War on the Eastern Front 1914-1918, is being translated into Polish and Russian. Volume 2 is to be ready in 2019.

     

Her published plays have become classics, studied and performed by youth theatres, and English and Drama students around Australia, USA and Canada. She was director of the Armidale School of Youth Drama, and her plays, recognized for their tragi-comedy and unique sense of style, were staged at the Arts Theatre at the University of New England, the Drama Studio, the Armidale Playhouse, and the Valhalla in Sydney. She recently completed a set of seven dramatic monologues, tiltled Doors, capturing women of various ages at pivotal moments in their lives.

     

From 2006 to 2010 Joanna Hempel was director of Soirées Littéraires, with monthly speakers on European literature and writers at the New South Wales Writers' Centre in Sydney.

     

Over the years, Joanna Hempel has shared her techniques as a drama and performance specialist with teachers of drama and English in colleges and at conferences inter-state & overseas. A graduate in Psychology, History and English from the University of Sydney, Joanna later trained in Theatre, gaining an M.Litt at the University of New England, Armidale.

With a Polish-Lithuanian background tempered by Russian, English and Australian influences, she was born in Edinburgh, spent her childhood in England, and attended school and university in Australia. She is fluent in English and Polish and gets by in Russian and French.