Dianne (Di) Bates, BA Dip Teaching, has published 130+ books mostly for young readers. Some have won national and state literary awards including two Australian children’s book choice awards (KOALA and WAYRBA). Some of her books have sold overseas and in translation. Di has received Grants and Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and has toured for the National Book Council.
Di has undertaken commissioned writing for many organisations and has worked on the editorial team of the NSW Department of Education School Magazine. She was co-editor of a national children’s magazine, Puffinalia (Penguin Books) and editor of another national children’s magazine, Little Ears.
In 2008, Di was awarded The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s Literature. In 2014, she founded the Australian Children’s Poetry blog
Currently Di edits Buzz Words (All the Buzz about Children’s Books), a fortnightly online magazine she founded in 2006 for those in the Australian children’s book industry. Di lives near Wollongong, NSW, Australia, with her prize-winning YA author husband, Bill Condon.