Chantal Schaul


Born in Luxembourg in 1973, Chantal grew up in a remote northern village, surrounded by steep wooded hills sitting atop an ancient antimony mine. She was raised on a steady diet of Grimm's tales and began spinning her own at the age of six, at the encouragement of the village priest, who often regailed the local children with his ghost stories.

When 20, Chantal fled her idyllic but claustrophobic surroundings to drink in the centuries of English history and tradition across the Channel and studied Media Arts at Royal Holloway University. There she wrote and directed the acclaimed Dwarves, starring Evie Garratt (Little Britain).

After a brief stint working in the Luxembourg film industry, she returned to the UK to study the prestigious Creative Writing Masters Programme at UEA, run by Andrew Motion and Paul Magrs. Fellow alumni include Malcolm Bradbury (founder), Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Tracy Chevalier.

Next came a few years' diversion into teaching English in Luxembourg. Chantal moved back to the UK, had two children with her very supportive husband, and turned her hand to play-writing and -directing. Her magical realist play Mirror, Magic, Market Tales was performed by Love & Madness and ran during the Christmas period 2008/2009 at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

Mince Pie Murder, the radioplay, was conceived during the festive season 2010, and was followed by three feature-length screenplays that are still looking for a home. Chantal is set to continue on this path and write many more stories in theyears to come.

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