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Diana Harley


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.


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


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

The Quick Six Interview with Diana Harley on Fantastic Gymnastics

June 10, 2020 by Romi Sharp


WHY is this book meaningful to you and why would its message resonate with readers?

I wanted to write a book that had a “give it a go” message – not just for kids, but for the adults in their lives. I wanted to encourage them to just have a go, have a bit of fun and enjoy themselves.  


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My Books

My books are all Australian.
Written, illustrated, printed and produced in Australia.

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Fantastic Gymnastics

8th June 2019 
Children’s Hardcover Book

The First Fig of Summer (Picaro Poets)

14th August 2018

Raw (Picaro Poets)

14th August 2018

Beetles and Bugs

1st October 2003 / 2017
Children aged 0+

Underneath the Apple Tree

1st October 2003 / 2017
Children aged 0+


1st October 2003 / 2017
Children aged 0+

In the Media

Read media stories about Diana and her work as an author.

The Quick Six Interview with Diana Harley on Fantastic Gymnastics

Romi Sharp
Just Write For Kids
10th June 2020

Book Week costume parade at Sapphire Coast Anglican College junior school

Ben Smyth
Bega District News
20th August 2019

Author Diana Harley inspires women writers

Liz Tickner
Eden Magnet
8th March 2016


Diana was a regular contributer to ABC Open, which has now been shut down. Her submissions can still be read through this website.

ABC Open Stories

See her past WordPress blogs

WordPress Blogs

Winging it – Radio National

BULLIES DONT ALWAYS WIN – Diana Harley talks about her experience of bullying and how a split second decision set her free. Thanks to Micheal Mackenzie, Hilary Harper and Amanda[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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