Dianne Touchell was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, the same year Australia switched to decimal currency. Primary school is a blur of warm milk before recess and pants-wetting.
Dianne’s two great loves, and escapes from the reality of warm milk and pee, were music and books. She discovered the library and the piano and the rest was all just busy stuff to her. When she was twelve she won a scholarship to a specialist Music School to study cello and voice. High school is a blur of constantly feeling not good enough, although the bladder was now firmly under control.
After high school Dianne enrolled in University – she worked in a fish and chip shop and in bars as a singer to pay for petrol. The lofty goal of the useless Arts Degree was not in her stars, however, and consistent with her penchant for not finishing things, she dropped out (Hey! – so did Wordsworth, so just back off!) She is neither regretful nor defensive about this decision.
After a period of aimless wanderings between countries she found her niche as a bookseller, during which time she also settled down to some serious writing.
She is still seriously writing…
‘Encouraging young people to believe in themselves and find their own voice whether it’s through writing, drama or art is so important in giving young people a sense of self-worth.’ – Michael Morpurgo