‘Writing gives meaning to my life, helping me understand things, philosophically explore an idea and infuse my work with hidden depth surrounding what I perceive to be the greatest issues in need of change. That said, any piece of art, in my opinion, needs to first and foremost work as a piece of art aesthetically; it needs to be able to be understood artistically before it is understood conceptually. So I try to create beautiful works of art, whether visual, musical or literary.’
Dide Siemmond has written seven books, two short conceptual works-in-progress theatre plays and an educational children’s story to be illustrated to date under a different pen name.
Her first book was described by DBC Pierre, winning author of the UK’s most prestigious literary prize the Man Booker Prize, as a ‘winner’ and compared to Jeffrey Eugenides’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Middlesex. Other books deal with old age and memory loss, the afterlife, Existentialism and the meaning of life, justice and legal systems, and the crossover between fact and fiction. She writes fiction, non-fiction, poems, short stories, flash fiction and aphorisms.
One of her short stories ‘West Mersea’ will be published in an anthology in 2019, having been longlisted for the celebrated Bath Flash Fiction Award (https://bathflashfictionaward.com/2019/02/february-2019-long-list/). Her poem ‘Suspense’ has been selected for the Commonwealth Writers listed international journal, Active Muse (http://www.activemuse.org/2019_Suspense_Splissue_poems/Dide_Siemmond.html). Her work will be presented in Naked Frank Theatre’s ‘Tales of the Monsters in my Head’ Festival this Summer (https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/tales-of-the-monsters-in-my-head). Her flash ‘Lilith’ was ‘honourably mentioned’ in May’s 100-word competition.
Some of her written projects are solely text-based; others have counterparts, such as one of her books HEAVEN that has a musical counterpart composed using a method of composition she invented or some of her poems that link with sculptures, either that she’s made herself or collaborated on with others.