24 hours in Karratha

Karratha has an amazing new library and arts space, the Red Earth Arts Precinct and last night The Lighthouse Girl was their first theatre performance. Thank you to the City of Karratha Library (and a special shout out to Helena Mead) for organising my travel, so that I could attend and present a pre-show talk. I left Albany at […]

What’s in a Name?

   If it’s a book title, a lot! For a year or so, I’ve been struggling with finding the right title for my almost completed manuscript, a companion title for Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy. For continuity reasons I wanted the word ‘light’ somewhere in the title. We aren’t meant to judge a book by […]


I’ve written five Anzac-related books which explore WWI and WWII from different perspectives. You can hear my recent chat with Elaine Forrestal about historical fiction here.   The Books The Dog with Seven Names explores Australian WWII history through the eyes of a small dog. Photographs in the Mud set on the Kokoda Track in 1942, […]

Light Horse Boy

Download Teachers’ Notes (pdf) Written by Dianne Wolfer Illustrated by Brian Simmonds Published by Fremantle Press, 2013 Winner WA Premier’s Award 2014 Children’s Books CBCA Honour Book 2014 Buy now from your local bookshop or from Fremantle Press (Australia) Booktopia (Australia) Dymocks Online (Australia) Book Depository (UK) Amazon (UK) Amazon (US) Barnes & Noble (US) […]

Lighthouse Girl

Written by Dianne Wolfer Illustrations by Brian SimmondsPublished by Fremantle Press, 2009 – Black Swan Theatre adaptation The Lighthouse Girl 2017– Inspired ‘Little Girl Giant’ in Royal de Luxe street theatre The Giants 2015– Winner WA Young Readers’ Book Award 2010– Shortlisted WA Premier’s Awards and NSW Premier’s History Awards– CBCA Notable Book 2009 Buy […]


I have a teaching background and love visiting schools, libraries and festivals. 1 x online (<1 hr)= $300.  Please scroll down for other rates and more details about sessions. * If you would like me to visit your school, library or festival please email via the Contact link. I love visiting schools and libraries in regional, […]

For Teachers

See the links below for free downloadable teachers’ notes, book trailers, video clips and background resources. And Click for free home-schooling teaching resources by WA authors/illustrators. Lighthouse Girl Written by Dianne Wolfer Illustrations by Brian Simmonds Published by Fremantle Press, 2010 Teachers’ Notes (pdf) Radio interview with the author (external link) Destination Breaksea Island Feature […]


Welcome to Dianne’s website. Dianne lives on the south coast of Western Australia where she writes books for teenagers and younger readers. Dianne loves reading, travelling, and walking on the beach. Her PhD research explored anthropomorphism and Animal Characters in Children’s Literature. Dianne’s latest books include Munjed Al Muderis from refugee to surgical inventor, The […]


Mini bio Dianne lives on the south-west coast with her husband, Pete and dog, Harry. Short bio (140 words) Dianne is author of 20 books, including 2019 Speech Pathology Award-winning, The Dog with Seven Names (now published in Chinese), and CBCA Notable In the Lamplight the third title in her ‘Light’ Series. In the Lamplight joins […]