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Speaker Profile - Dianne Wolfer


Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Dianne lives on the south coast of Western Australia. She was SCBWI Advisor for Australia West for 6 years between 2006-2012 and now serves as Remote Regions Coordinator. Dianne was one of the original ten SCBWI West members when the group was facilitated by Frane' Lessac. 

Dianne has published 19 books ranging from picture book, middle grade chapter books to YA novels. Her latest titles 'In the Lamplight' and 'The Dog with Seven Names' were 2019 CBCA Notable Books. 'The Dog ...' explores wartime north-western Australia from the perspective of a small terrier and will soon be published in China. The novel won the Australian Speech Pathology Awards and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. The story grew from PhD research into anthropomorphism in children's literature.

Her other PhD Creative Work is another YA novel, 'The Shark Caller'. Dianne enjoys cross-cultural stories and this adventure novel is set in PNG and also on the south coast of Australia. The book was 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. Other picture books include, 'Granny Grommet and Me' and 'Nanna's Button Tin', published by Walker Books and Candlewick.