Welcome to the home page of Diane Armstrong, award-winning author and journalist.


Diane has won First Prize in the NSW Society of Women Writers' Biennial Fiction Award for 2009, for her novel Nocturne.

Empire Day, Diane’s new novel, is now in the bookshops.

Diane's recent novel EMPIRE DAY is set in Sydney in 1948, a time when an influx of European migrants threatened the familiar lifestyle of Australians. Empire Day explores the conflict, tension and drama that ensued when the 'reffos' moved into a fictional Sydney backstreet. Over the next few months, at the following venues, she will be discussing the personal recollections that compelled her write this novel, the research that enabled her to discover startling and illuminating facts about this period, and the astonishing coincidences that have ensued since it was published. 


On 1 November, Diane will moderate an event called READING BETWEEN THE LINES, which highlights the power of letters written in times of conflict. Relatives, friends and authors will read extracts of letters written during World War II, and the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, and the siege at the Lindt Café.

Place: Sydney Jewish Museum, 146 Darlinghurst Street, Sydney.
Time: Sunday 1 November, 2 pm.
Price: $15 ($10 for members)
Bookings: www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au