February 2, 2013

Diane Wolkstein [1942–2013]

©2007 Cloudstone Productions, New York City.
Presented with the permission of Cloudstone Productions.

Belovéd friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news of the death of storyteller and author extraordinaire Diane Wolkstein. You will remember her from many a Just One Story… episode, and we have planned to share many more with you.

Sadly, her life came to an end on Thursday 31 January, while she was away in Taiwan (Kaohsiung). She was there doing what she loved to do: learn more about the stories she wanted to tell (in this case, an adaptation of the Chinese classic Journey to the West), and living her life as fully as she always would.

And now she is gone. And all that is left is her story.

But what a wonderful story it is to tell.

I am proud to have played a role in the making of this featurette, released in 2007 to celebrate the 4th decade of her career.

I only wish it could have lasted one decade more.

I love you and will miss you, Diana. Farewell, good friend of mine.