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Diana is a chocoholic and wedgetail eagle lover. She spends a lot of time cloud-watching and looking after her family. She refuses to use her dishwasher and nuts out many of her ABC Open Stories and other stories and poems whilst up to her elbows in suds at her kitchen sink. She has written stories, plays and poems and regards herself as a conversational poet.

Contact Diana to discuss your next writing workshop or school visit


  • Premiers Reading Challenge in NSW and Victoria
  • Short+Sweet 3rd place in the Peoples’ Choice Awards
  • Blue Fringe Arts 2014 – Most Inspirational Poem Award
  • First Prize Cooma Feast of Poetry
  • Words for Birds 2015
  • Leadership Poem 2015 – Finalist


  • ABC Open
  • Writers of the Far South Coast
  • mNemosynē


  • Butterflies
  • Underneath the Apple Tree
  • Beetles and Bugs
  • Road Safety
  • Helping Hands
  • Machines around the Home


  • The First Fig of Summer (Picaro Poets)
  • Raw (Picaro Poets)
  • Booranga Writers’ Centre – Bus Stop Poetry – “Silage”


  • Hop to It
  • Home Sweet Home


  • Friday the 13th – ACT Writers Centre Poets 2009
  • The Green Fuse 2010
  • Celebrating Life: through verse and story – Blue Fringe Arts 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Memory Weaving: An Anthology of
  • Dementia Journeys 2014
  • Speak Out – Blue Fringe Arts 2016
  • Muse 2018
  • The Right Words at the Right Time Vol. 2


  • 2010 A Feast of Poetry
  • My Brother Jack Poetry Awards 2014

ABC Open

These blog posts were imported from ABC Open before that literary platform was closed in July 2019.https://open.abc.net.au/people/7566

Going down the Brown

Tips for mountain driving – not.

Show me the money

An afternoon encounter with a school bully sees a big sister protecting her younger brother as best she can, and making a run for it.

Sarah’s Story in her words

Living the dream doesn’t always have a happy ending.

Dear Husband

A marriage of over 50 years is devastated by dementia.

Love Bites

Memories of love are made of this

Meet Jimmy, the ghost who walks

Sometimes, washing dishes can be a scary experience.

Head in the clouds

Inspiration from above led me to a creative job.

Goat wrangler extraordinaire

A bunch of screaming kids, a goat from hell and a very sharp knife.

A very special job

Being given a ‘special’ job proves to be an unpleasant experience

Make mine Short and Sweet

With the Short+Sweet festival coming to Merimbula, it was a perfect opportunity for me to stretch my writing skills and attempt to write a play – or two.

Blog Posts from the Desk of Diana

My first blog post on my new website

It has been a while since ABC Open announced it was closing its submission doors, and now it is time to re-start telling my story. I have just published two poetry chapbooks with Ginninderra Press, they are entitled “Raw” and “The First Fig of Summer”. And at last my latest childrens picture book is available!…
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About Regional chats with Diana Harley

My interview with Ian Campbell

Last week, I was fortunate enough to have an interview with Ian Campbell from About Regional. The interview was about my latest childrens book, “Fantastic Gymnastics”, which I have only just published. The venue was the Bega library and the lovely space that is now the childrens section. What a great spot for kids to…
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Book Week 2019 – Talking about books at Lumen Christi Catholic College

Local author, Diana Harley joined our Book Week celebrations this morning to speak with the primary students about being an author. Diana is a mother of six, Libby her youngest is a student at Lumen Christi. She has written a number of picture story books including ‘Beetles and Bugs’, ‘Underneath the Apple Tree’, ‘Butterflies’ and…
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Book Week 2019 at Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega

What a wonderful Celebration of Books at SCAC on Tuesday! I was privileged enough to be invited along by teacher, Mrs Linda Whyman, to talk to the students about my latest book, “Fantastic Gymnastics”, and about being an author. We talked about becoming an author, finding inspiration for your book and how being a wide…
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Blog posts imported from https://dianaharley.wordpress.com

Diana’s Writing Adventures:

Diana is an author, poet and playwright. She enjoys all aspects of writing and conducts writing workshops for both adults and children. PUBLISHED BOOKS: “Helping Hands” (Thomson Nelson) ISBN 0-17-011576-3 “Road Safety” (Macmillan McGraw-Hill) ISBN 0-02-192631-X “Machines around the Home” (Rigby Harcourt) ISBN978-0-7312-7367-6 “Underneath the Apple Tree”(Sapphire Coast Press) ISBN 0-9751450-1-0 “Butterflies” (Sapphire Coast Press)…
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turn off your technology – for a while

technology is great, and I’m not bagging it, but how many opportunities do poets and writers miss when their heads are down in their ipad or iphone and their ears are plugged up? turn your technology off, if just for a little while, and soak in your environment. Writers can gather so much material from just…
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Practise your listening skills – then write!

Following on from my little rant about technology and switching it off for a while, I have been trying to listen in a more concentrated way to the world around me. The idea behind this, of course, is to find inspiration for my poetry and other forms of writing. It really does work! On a…
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Exhilaration IS an option!

If you are having trouble getting started with your writing, then stop trying too hard. if you feel pasionate about something, then write about it. if you are interested in something, then write about it. Do a bit of research,think about how you feel in relation to your chosen topic, then put pen to paper.…
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ABC Open 500 words

I now have 4 stories published in the ABC Open 500 word project. “Going down the Brown”, “Show me the Money”, “Dear Husband” and “Love Bites”. Please have a read and leave a comment if you like. The project has been a lot of fun and I am looking forward to writing my next contribution.…
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Becoming a playwright

I am very excited to announce that two of my ten minute plays have been chosen for the Short and Sweet Festivals in Merimbula and Cootamundra. I hope that there is a good roll-up to these Festivals of ten 10 minute plays written, directed and acted in by volunteer participants. Please post feedback if you…
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ABC Open – Meet Jimmy, the ghost who walks

My sixth contribution to ABC Open has now gone live! Please have a read and a giggle. Contributing to this project really is fun and reading all the wonderful stories is very inspiring. https://open.abc.net.au/search?q=Diana+Harley

Hop To It – Short and sweet Festival, Merimbula

The biggest little play festival in the world is coming to Merimbula and my play, “Hop To It”, will be staged along with 9 other plays. Each play is only 10 minutes long, and 10 plays are performed during the festival. My play is a comedy about 2 kangaroo brothers who show us a bit…
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The Things We Do For Love – ABC Open 500 words

Sarah’s Story – As Told To Me Check out my story at ABC Open. Following the whales means living the dream, with a positive outcome. Enjoy! https://open.abc.net.au/search?q=Diana+Harley

Things We Do For Love – ABC Open 500 Words

Love Bites – read my story About the memories of love that cooking makes. https://open.abc.net.au/search?q=Diana+Harley

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