Susan Soyinka has worked as a teacher, lecturer and researcher, spending ten years of her early career in West Africa. On her return to England, she retrained as an educational psychologist, and after discovering her Jewish roots, worked for nine years in the Jewish community in London. Retirement has given her the time and energy to develop a new career as a writer.

Her first book, From East End to Land’s End, The Evacuation of Jews’ Free School, London, to Mousehole in Cornwall during World War Two, was described by Aumie Shapiro, author of the Jewish East End photographic series, as an ‘extraordinary, significant story of inter-faith and community harmony. A magnificent achievement.’ Her second book, A Silence That Speaks, A Family Story Through and Beyond the Holocaust, about her Viennese Jewish family history, received an award in 2014 from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) for an outstanding publication.