Monday, September 14, 2015

HEREFORDSHIRE'S hENERGY KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED: AUTHOR, DIANA MORGAN-HILL



LONDON September 14 2015: Author and motivational speaker Diana Morgan-Hill will launch this year’s Herefordshire’s h.Energy celebration of sustainable energy-saving activity. Diana will share her extraordinary personal story – the perfect allegory for our current climate, and the perfect context-setter for h.Energy – with Hay Literary Festival’s Andy Fryers at 8pm on 1 October, at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. Tickets £5.00 from the box office.

A lively evening is forecast: a living testament to the What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger school of thought, the humour which threads its way naturally through Diana’s book also delights audiences wherever she appears for Diana loves to engage with an audience. Diana will also be appearing on Ireland's most popular talk show, RTE Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show on Thursday, 17th September (9 – 10am). Appearances in the few months since her book’s release have included ITV News, ITV This Morning, Daily Mail cover article, Daily Mirror, London Metro, BBC Radio 2 The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 5 Live The Stephen Nolan Show, Talk Radio Europe & more.

A brutally honest, heartwarming memoir that shocks and delights in equal measure – when you're not crying for her you're laughing with her 
ISBN 9780993092237 Price £2.99 ebook/£9.99 paperback 

Since the publication of LOVE & JUSTICE: A Compelling True Story of Triumph Over Tragedy (Blackbird, April 2015), interest in Diana’s story about falling beneath a train and losing both legs continues to grow. Whilst Diana’s book cover her accident in horrifying detail; her search for love and her long battle with British Rail who threatened her with prosecution for trespass, her public appearances focus on her present-day role as an inspiration to others who have been through terrible sudden amputation trauma and tragedy.

As well as counselling amputees (including London’s 7/7 bomb victims) and founding and running the famous Ali Abbas Iraq war victim fund whilst CEO of The Limbless Association; Diana is now adding appearances at literary festivals, bookstores and libraries to her work as a counsellor and motivational speaker. Reviews reported a “mesmerising performance” at the Charroux Literary Festival in France on August 27th alongside literary superstars Kate Mosse and Elizabeth Haynes. Diana has been invited to attend the Women of The Year Lunch and Awards ceremony in October. Women of the Year has recognised, celebrated and inspired women of all backgrounds for 60 years and continues to shine a light on extraordinary women.

“A compelling story of how humour, friendship, grace and sheer grit can triumph over unthinkable catastrophe. Diana Morgan-Hill's unflinching memoir is proof that what does not kill us makes us strong.” 
Liz Jensen, Author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wheelchair Tennis athlete Diana was a finalist in Dancing on Wheels, the BBC spin off wheelchair version of Strictly Come Dancing. With her dancing partner, swimmer Mark Foster, she competed in a dance-off against this year's Strictly Come Dancing champion Caroline Flack and her dancing partner James O'Shea. Diana wheelchair-danced her way through the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony and tangoed with Boris Johnson in front of County Hall (photos available). In 2003, as CEO of the Limbless Association, Diana was instrumental in helping Iraq war orphan and double arm amputee Ali Abbas, and other Iraqi children, by setting up the ALI Fund. She also launched the charity's Help Bureau, Legal Panel and the Prosthetic and Orthotic Awards, which are still held every year. She now supports the Arvon Foundation, a charity for new writing, and continues her work counselling victims of sudden amputation. She was recently praised in the Press by Martine Wright, who lost both her legs in the 7/7 London bombings. Diana, raised in Wilmslow, Cheshire and now from Poole, Dorset, is a motivational speaker and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including BBC TV’s Breakfast Show, The One Show, LBC and BBC Radio Solent. Appearances promoting Love & Justice within weeks of publication include ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show. Reviews reported a “mesmerising performance” at the Anglo/French Charroux Literary Festival in August 2015 (patron Susie Kelly) alongside authors Kate Mosse and Elizabeth Haynes. This, her first book, is available to order from Amazon and all good bookstores worldwide incl. Waterstones, W H Smith (UK, £9.99) and B&N (US, $14.99): ISBN 9780993092237. Ebook £2.99/$3.99 from Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, nook, Scribd etc.