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 She won the 1995 South-West Literary Award for her one-act play Christmas Lunch, and the 1997 FAW Mary Grant Bruce unpublished short story award for 'Donkey Ears'.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.
'Isabel is on a plane heading back to her island birthplace in Papua New Guinea. Izzy is looking forward to seeing her family again, but there's another tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, died in a freak diving accident, and Izzy and her mum are taking his ashes home for traditional death ceremonies.
'After they arrive, Izzy realises things have changed since their last visit. Logging threatens the community's way of life and sharks no longer answer the song of the shark callers.
'Izzy's cousin Noah explains that the clan needs someone to undertake a traditional diving ritual. The person must be a twin from the shark calling lineage. The dive will be perilous.
'And Izzy is the last twin.
'Will she have the courage to attempt the dive? And what deep, dark secrets will the ocean reveal if she does?' (Publication summary)
Light Horse Boy2013single work children's fiction children's 'In 1914 Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever be the same again.
Featuring stunning charcoal sketches by Brian Simmonds alongside primary source documents and historical photos, Light Horse Boy goes behind the scenes of the great ANZAC legends for an intimate look at their experience of World War I.' (Publisher's blurb)
'My granny and her friends go to the beach, and I go too. When they hit the surf, they duck and dive and twist and turn. It looks like lots of fun. But I don't want to go in the water. There are strange things under the waves.' (From the publisher's website.)