• Dianne lives on the south coast of Western Australia. She was SCBWI Advisor for Australia West for 6 years between 2006-2012.

    Dianne has published 16 books ranging from picture book, middle grade chapter books to YA novels. Her latest title ‘The Shark Caller’ explores sustainability and also grief. Set in PNG and also on the south coast of Australia, this YA adventure novel  is shortlisted for children’s choice award WAYRBA. Other recent titles include picture book, ‘Granny Grommet and Me’ about surfing grandmas, ‘Annie’s Snails’ and ‘Light Horse Boy’.

     ‘Light Horse Boy’ was nominated as an Honour Book in the 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. It also won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Award. 

    ‘Light Horse Boy’ is a partner book to ‘Lighthouse Girl’ winner of the children’s choice award WAYRBA, and was shortlisted for two Premier’s Awards, the Crichton Award and listed as a Notable Book in two categories of the 2010 CBCA Awards. In 2015, ‘Lighthouse Girl’ was part-inspiration for Royal de Luxe’s amazing 3 day street theatre performance of The Giants through the streets of Perth. In April 2016 Black Swan Theatre will present a dramatization ‘The Lighthouse Girl’ in Perth and Albany.

    Dianne’s first picture book ‘Photographs in the Mud’ is now published in Japanese. In early 2011 her YA novel, ‘Choices’ was published in Polish.

    Dianne’s second picture book, ‘Granny Grommet and Me’ was shortlisted for the 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Other titles in production include another picture book, ‘Nana’s Button Tin’ which will be released in July with Walker Books.


  • I write for different ages across genres from picture book to YA. I love quirky stories, especially ones that feature animal characters; I have recently submitted research into Anthropomorphism in Children’s Literature for my PhD at the University of Western Australia.

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