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David Diebold

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Location: Dublin, Ireland
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A former features and magazine editor on a number of national titles, David Diebold has written for the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail and for The Herald, where his regular weekly column of seven years made the judges’ shortlist for the National Newspapers of Ireland Feature Writer of the Year Award in 2011, and NewsBrand Ireland Popular Columnist of the Year in 2016. His writing featured in Press Gang, Tales from the Glory Days of Irish Newspapers (New Island, 2015), and has appeared in Spontaneity arts magazine.

David was raised in south Dublin by his maternal grandfather, a World War Two veteran waist gunner on a B17 Flying Fortress who survived 24 combat missions over Germany. Bob Diebold was also an award-winning journalist on the Los Angeles Times and a jazz pianist who played with Louis Armstrong, as well as Irish jazz greats John Wadham and Louis Stewart. David’s biological father, Bill, who he tracked down with a private investigator, was a technician with American hit band Three Dog Night, and went on to be a successful special effects expert whose inventions were used on sets for Titanic, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

As an actor, David studied performance art at Vincent and Chris O’Neill’s Dublin Theatre School (formerly Oscar Theatre School) in the mid-1980s, tutored by Irish theatre and television legends Ray Yeates, Kevin McHugh and Chloe Gibson. He left to cofound the short lived Express Theatre Company with a young Aidan Gillen, then travelled Ireland with Seoda, a TIE (Theatre in Education) troupe alongside Gary Lydon (The Guard 2011, Calvary 2014) and Jimmy Brennan (Pigs 1984). In 1990, David found himself on stage with the Kirov Ballet at the Point, Dublin, where he managed to bluff his way through a week-long, sold-out run of Le Corsaire without ever having learned to dance. During this time, he befriended Maxim Nisnevich, godson of Mikhail Baryshnikov and was invited to the USSR in 1991, where he was stranded during the August Putsch and its aftermath.

As a cook, David worked in a string of colourful situations, from dish pit to prep, resulting in a succession of busy restaurant jobs in the US, one of which, in Newport, Rhode Island, saw him bluff his way into cooking breakfast for none other than Senator Ted Kennedy, a story published nationally on the day Senator Kennedy’s death was announced.

As an aspiring underground filmmaker in San Francisco, while working for Hog Farm cofounder Larry Brilliant, a former Marry Pranskster on Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus, David studied television production and film at College of Marin, before forming Lazy Drunk Productions with comedian Victor Escobedo and making a number of short films.

David Diebold is available for interview. For further information please contact Emily at 01 849 0629 / MonumentMediaPressIreland@gmail.com

Books by David Diebold

Author book

This Is How We Dance

From struggling actor to wannabe cook, aspiring filmmaker and national newspaper hack, David Diebold’s unconventional life has placed him in some bizarre and precarious predicaments. He has blagged his way on stage with the Kirov Ballet for an entire run of Le Corsaire without ever having danced; fibbed his way into a busy kitchen and cooked for Senator Ted Kennedy; and completely cocked up a job as a stripping vicar.

Strangest of all, perhaps, is the family backdrop to this rather odd journey, in which David discovered that his sister was actually his mother, and his real father, a former roadie with American hit band Three Dog Night, who he tracked down with a private investigator, was a top movie special effects man.

By turns humorous and heartbreaking, these 52 vignettes of life, love and loss are soul-searching, searingly honest, and just plain strange.

‘Diebold’s stories read like dispatches from a street-smart disciple of chaos theory under deep cover. Life-affirming stuff from a renegade spirit.’ —Eamon Carr, journalist

‘Penned with great wisdom, This Is How We Dance is both a survivor’s tale and a survival manual for anyone who’s gotten mixed up with the business of families.’
—Damian Corless, author

‘All of his stories evoke a powerful sense of place. A few sentences in, and I’m transported.’ —Katie Byrne, journalist

‘Wise, funny and profound vignettes of family life, foreign escapades and eulogies to the fallen; flash memoir that actually reads like The Great Irish-American novel.’ —Nick Kelly, broadsheet.ie

'With detours through celebrity, ballet and Kung Fu, Diebold writes with honesty, warmth and hilarity about fatherhood, family secrets, life, love, loss and the perils of growing up.' —Shane Hegarty, author: Darkmouth; Boot

‘Finely sliced, smartly spiced, a feast for friends and family. Read this and yours will seem quite normal. Every teenager should hide this from their parents... Fiery, finger-licking, lip-smacking good...’ —Liz Ryan, author: French Leave , The Year of Her Life ,
A Note of Parting , Beautiful Dreamer

‘This magical book will make you laugh, look again at your own family, and pretend not to cry as David Diebold breaks your heart with his clear-eyed observation’ —Terry Prone, author: Racing The Moon, Fear Of Flying; Runing Before Daybreak, Swinging On A Star

‘I’m sad as hell now and it’s barely just past sunrise... Good work. ’ —Willy Vlautin, author: Motel Life, Lean On Pete, Northline, Don’t Skip Out On Me

‘One of the cleverest and funniest writers I know.’ —Rowan Joffe, screenwriter/director: 28 Week Later, The American, Tin Star

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