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Dianne Wolfer Dianne Wolfer i(A13219 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 ;
Gender: Female
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Dianne Wolfer grew up in Melbourne, and has lived in Thailand, Nepal and Japan. After gaining her teaching qualifications at Curtin University, she worked as a teacher with the Western Australian Education Department 1984-87 and again in 1991-92, after using her Japanese language qualifications to teach at the American School in Japan 1988-90. She also used her language proficiency to teach Japanese to airline employees. She taught in Nepal and travelled through Asia. When she returned to settle in WA, she began writing short stories and articles for magazines. Her time in Japan is reflected in her writings which show the influence of Japanese No plays and haiku (which she has also written). Dolphin Song (1995) was her first published novel. Wolfer has taught vocational English at the Denmark (WA) Agricultural College. An active branch member of the Society of Women Writers, the Fellowship of Australian Writers, the Children's Book Council and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she has run workshops and addressed schools and writers festivals about children's literature and writing. Her membership of Amnesty International and the Australian Conservation Foundation is reflected in her focus on writing about the contrasting cultures of Australia and the Pacific, and her concern about human and nature interaction. She has written short stories to accompany the Southern Forest Sculpture Walk in the Northcliffe Jubilee Park in south west WA for Southern Forest Arts.

Wolfer has also written readers for the Thomson Learning PM Plus series. She won the 1995 South-West Literary Award for her one-act play Christmas Lunch, and the 1997 FAW Mary Grant Bruce unpublished short story award for 'Donkey Ears'. In 2007 she received an ArtsWA grant to enable her to work on a picture book set in Albany during World War II about a girl on Breaksea Island.

Wolfer received a PhD from University of Western Australia on Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature, which resulted in two novels The Shark Caller and The Dog with Seven Names.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Dog With Seven Names Sydney : Random House Australia , 2018 14073273 2018 single work children's fiction children's war literature

'A tiny dog, the runt of the litter, is born on a remote cattle station. She shouldn’t have survived, but when Elsie finds, names and loves her, the pup becomes a cherished companion. Life is perfect … until War arrives.

'With Japanese air raids moving closer, Elsie’s family leaves the Pilbara for the south and safety. But the small dog has to stay behind. After travelling far from home with drovers and a flying doctor, she becomes a hospital dog and experiences the impact of war on north-western Australia. She witnesses wonderful and terrible things and gives courage to many different humans.

'But through all her adventures and many names, the little dog remembers Elsie, who girl who loved her best of all. Will she ever find her again?' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
2019 winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon In the Lamplight Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2018 12849869 2018 single work picture book children's historical fiction war literature

'From fighting for the right to vote to nursing conscripted young men, Rose’s life changes forever when World War I arrives in the peaceful English village of Harefield. With an influx of wounded Australian soldiers, the villagers rally around to provide care and comfort, despite suffering their own casualties and grieving for their own losses. Training to nurse Australian soldiers like Jim the Light Horse boy is hard work, but with it comes much for Rose to treasure – in the gaining of a vocation, in confidence won and in finding new love in a new land.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Nanna's Button Tin Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11402278 2017 single work picture book children's

'Nanna’s button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. A button for teddy. A beautiful story about memories and the stories that shape a family. ' (Synopsis)

2018 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Five to 8 Years
2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Early Childhood
2018 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Picture Books
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