Dianne is author of 19 award-winning books with two more on the way. Her latest titles are The Dog with Seven Names and In the Lamplight. The latter is part of her WWI ‘Light’ series. Partner books Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy were adapted for stage and gave inspiration for Perth Festival street theatre The Giants.
Dianne writes across genres. Her fantasy novel The Shark Caller explores the ancient practice of calling sharks and is optioned for film. Nanna’s Button Tin, a gentle story about searching for a special button has sold into the US while The Dog with Seven Names is soon to be published in Chinese.
Dianne loves animal stories and completed doctoral research into anthropomorphism in Australian children’s literature. Her PhD Creative Works The Dog with Seven Names and The Shark Caller feature very different animal voices. Whilst writing from a dog’s perspective was fun, Dianne found capturing shark and giant octopus viewpoints more challenging. These novels have been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards, WAYBRA, were CBCA Notables and Dog won the 2019 Speech Pathology Award.
Dianne has a teaching background. She’s an experienced presenter who loves meeting readers of all ages. Although Dianne lives in Albany, she visits schools and libraries across Australia and internationally. She’s a proud Room to Read Ambassador and serves as remote regions Coordinator for SCBWI West. More information can be found on Dianne’s two websites www.diannewolfer.com and www.animalswhotalk.com
What a fantastic way to bring history to life. – Barbara, Mt Lockyer Primary