Diane Lowman: Seeing Myself Through Shakespeare’s Eyes

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Diane Meyer Lowman, an empty-nester from Westport, took a daring journey of self-discovery at the age of 57. In search of fulfillment and purpose, she embarked on a life-changing adventure: a senior year abroad studying her literary hero at the prestigious Shakespeare Institute in Stratford Upon Avon. She sold her belongings and enrolled in the M.A. program, ready to take on the challenge of being a “mature student” and expatriate.

In this memoir, Diane shares her transformative experiences, both personal and academic, as she immerses herself in the world of Shakespeare. She learns as much about herself as she does about the works of the Bard.

Diane is an award-winning essayist, memoirist, and poet. She served as Westport, CT’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2019-2022. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Brain, Child; and Brevity Blog, and she writes a regular column, Everything’s an Essay. Her first memoir, Nothing But Blue, was published in 2018, and her latest, The Undiscovered Country: Seeing Myself Through Shakespeare’s Eyes, was published in 2023.

Diane received her MA in Shakespeare Studies from the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute in 2017.  She has explored other forms of literary expression in more than 2,500 haiku and in essays on and reviews of Shakespeare’s plays in various academic publications.

Diane teaches writing and Shakespeare, and divides her time between her hometown of Westport, CT, and her home away from home in Stratford Upon Avon, England. This program is produced in conjunction with our latest exhibition, How William Became Shakespeare: Four Hundred Years of the First Folio, on view through February 10, 2024.


January 11
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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