Lorraine D. Cork is a British author who writes stories, plays and poems for children, in English and Italian.
She was born in 1970 in a little seaside town in the South of England to an English father who was an engineer and an artist, and an English-Irish mother who was a devoted housewife.
Lorraine had a very happy childhood with her parents and two younger sisters. She spent her days going to school, playing with friends, writing (stories, poems, magazines and plays) doing tap and modern dancing, and acting in a local theatre club.
Lorraine D. Cork aged 10
Lorraine’s first ‘hand-written’ magazine
When she was twelve, her father found a new job and so the whole family moved to the countryside, west of London. It was difficult at first as Lorraine missed her old life and friends, but over time she settled in.
In her new town, she continued with her education and managed to leave school with adequate qualifications. Following this she went to college and then worked for about fifteen years in various different sectors. However, it wasn’t until she was in her early thirties that she decided to go to university, as a mature student, to study Italian and Classical Studies (subjects that she had always loved).
After graduating in 2006 with a BA Honours degree and a postgraduate qualification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language she decided to go to Italy where she found a job teaching English to Italian students.
Whilst teaching, Lorraine founded her own company: The English Theatre where she began teaching English to children through acting. She had always been passionate about the theatrical world, in particular musical theatre, Broadway tap dance and slapstick comedy, so this career change came naturally to her.
It was indeed Lorraine’s fascination with the stage that inspired her to write her first book: Recitiamo in Inglese! (Let’s Act in English) a collection of plays and poems, that she had begun writing as a child. It quickly became evident that her love of writing was the perfect accompaniment to her love of theatre.
Today, Lorraine lives in Italy with her husband and daughter (and three dogs) where she teaches English and writes her books.