was born in Poland and arrived in Australia in 1948.
At the age of seven she decided to become a writer. Her first article,
about teaching at a Blackboard Jungle school in London, was published
in The Australian Womens Weekly in 1965. Diane subsequently became
a freelance journalist, and over three thousand of her investigative
articles, personal experience stories, profiles and travel stories
have been published in newspapers and magazines such as Readers
Digest, Vogue, The Bulletin, Harpers Bazaar, The Australian, The
Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, and The Age. Her articles have
also appeared in major publications in the UK, Canada, Poland, Hong
Kong, Hungary, Holland and South Africa.
Over the years she has received numerous awards for journalism,
including the Pluma de Plata awarded by the Government of Mexico
for the best article written about that country, and the Gold Award
given by the Pacific Asia Tourist Association. In 1993 she received
an award for an investigative article about Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease.
In 1998, she received the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism.
That year her first book was published by Random House. Mosaic,
a Chronicle of Five Generations, is a family saga. It was
nominated for the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Non-Fiction
as well as for the National Biography Award. In 2001 it was published
in the United States and Canada by St Martins Press, and was
selected as one of the years best memoirs by Amazon.com.
In 2000 she received her second grant from Australia Council. The
Voyage of Their Life, the Story of the SS Derna and its
Passengers, was published by HarperCollins, and was shortlisted
in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards.
Her first novel Winter Journey was published by HarperCollins in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Literary Award. It has been published in Poland.
Diane is married to Sydney medico and photographer Michael Armstrong,
and has two children, Justine and Jonathan. She is a member of the
of Authors, the Society
of Women Writers and The NSW Writers' Centre.