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Daniella Blechner
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Daniella is a South London based Writer/Director whose real writing journey began by writing comedy sketches for Youth Project Phenomenon ’98 featuring Gina Yashere and Richard Blackwood. She has always been a keen writer and penned her first book All The Happy Animals and Lucille and her Great Adventure at just 8 years old.

At 18 years old she began her career as a performance poet and enjoyed success in bars and clubs in and around London for many years. In 2002 she attended Ravensbourne College where she wrote, produced and directed her first short Connexions which was Nominated for Best Screenplay at the BFM Short Film Awards in 2006 and won “Best Open Deck film” when screened at the Cutting East Festival.

Daniella won the 2007 Film Fund Award from Lewisham Film Initiative to complete her poetry based short drama Hair We Are for the Black History Month Short Film Challenge. Hair We Are won the 3rd Best Film at the Images of Black Women Film Festival and has been screened at Chicago International Children’s film, Pan African Film Festival, LA and BAMKids Film Festival in New York. It was also screened on The Community Channel and Since writing and directing the film, the poem has been included in Shangwe’s Hair Power, Skin Revolution anthology and she has enjoyed performing her poem at literary events.

Shortlisted for Channel 4′s Coming Up Scheme 2010 as a writer, Daniella exhibits a fresh, quirky and distinctive style focusing on drama and comedy. She has also produced an anti-bullying drama, The Turtle and The Nightingalewith American based director Gershon Hinkson. The film has enjoyed success in UK and America and in February 2012 aired on HBO.

Daniella is the proud author of Mr Wrong, “a humorous and insightful exploration into why some women continually attract Mr Wrong.” It is a collection of empowering relationship stories written by both women and men across the world that allow the reader to question, explore and challenge negative belief systems and set out on a positive path of self-discovery and self-worth.

She has also written and compiled poetry anthology 7 Shades of Love,  a collection of poems written by women and men globally and feels honoured to be able to showcase work from a multitude of poets from different, ages, races, religions and backgrounds on the Universal subject of Love.

The enjoyment and inspiration behind writing comes from examining and reflecting on social issues often laced with a wicked sense of humour. She is a teacher and energy healer and enjoys working with all people from all walks of life. 

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