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Dianne Bates

Occupation  Author, teacher
Role  Writer
Name  Dianne Bates
Period  1980–present
Nationality  Australian

Dianne Bates httpsdeescribewritingfileswordpresscom2013
Born  20 March 1948 (age 67) Sydney (1948-03-20)
Genre  Children's literature, non-fiction, young adult fiction, fiction
Books  The Girl in the Basement, Big Bad Bruce, Nobody's Boy, Grandma Cadbury's Trucking, Aussie Nibbles
Similar People  Ursula Dubosarsky, Paul Collins, Meredith Costain, Bruce Dawe, Janeen Brian

Dianne "Di" Bates (born 20 March 1948) is an Australian writer and teacher .

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Bates was born in Sydney and spent her early years in Appin, New South Wales, attending Campbelltown High School. Later she undertook teaching training in Wollongong where she received a Diploma of Teaching, since gaining a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wollongong.

While teaching, Bates began her writing career with her first book, Terri, published by Penguin Books in 1980. Since then, she has published over 120 books, mostly for young readers. Some of these books have won state and national awards; others have been translated into French, Danish and German. Her junior verse novel, Nobody's Boy and junior novel, The Shape, have won CBCA Notable Awards.

Bates has received Grants and Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and has toured for the National Book Council.

Bates has undertaken commissioned writing for a large number of organisations and has worked on the editorial team of the New South Wales Department of Education School Magazine. She was co-editor of a national children's magazine, Puffinalia (Penguin Books) and editor of another national magazine, Little Ears.

Bates has founded several sub-branches of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) of NSW. She has presented community radio and television programs about children's literature and reviewed books in numerous magazines. She has also worked as a regional newspaper editor.

In 2008, Bates was awarded The Lady Cutler Prize for distinguished services to children's Literature.

Bates is married to prize-winning YA author, Bill Condon, whose awards include the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for Youth Writing and three CBCA Honor Books of the Year. She lives in Wollongong, NSW where she works as a freelance writer and manuscript assessor and writes a popular blog, Writing for Children.

Awards and Commendations

  • 1987 Writer's Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council
  • 1988 Writer's Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council
  • 1988 West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (Grandma Cadbury's Trucking Tales)
  • 1993 Special Award, Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Award (I'm An Australian: A Classroom Journal)
  • 1995 Varuna Writers’ Centre Fellowship
  • 1999 Kids' Own Australian Literature Award (Desert Dan the Dunnyman)
  • 2000 Varuna Writers’ Centre Fellowship
  • 2001 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book (The Shape)
  • 2002 Kids Own Australian Literature Award Hall of Fame (Big Bad Bruce)
  • 2008 Lady Cutler award for distinguished services to children’s literature
  • 2013 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book (Nobody’s Boy)
  • Published Books

  • The Year I Was Born 1983 (Moondrake, 1993) ISBN 1-86391-208-8
  • The Year I Was Born 1984 (Moondrake, 1993) ISBN 1-86391-209-6
  • A Night at Benny’s (Harcourt Brace, 1989) ISBN 0-7295-0906-0
  • A Tree House (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71026-8
  • Aussie Kid Heroes (Interactive Publications, 2009) ISBN 1-921088-44-3
  • Badu Boys Rule! (Insight Publications, 2006) ISBN 1-921088-44-3
  • Belly Busters (Random House, 1994) ISBN 0 09 182945 3
  • Between You and Me (Pearson Education, 2003) ISBN 0-12-360229-7
  • Big Bad Bruce (illus Phoebe Middleton, A & R, 1994) ISBN 0-207-18831-9, also ISBN 0-207-17696-5 + (illus Cheryll Johns Koala Books, 2007) ISBN 0-86461-771-2
  • Basil Bopp the Burper (Hodder Headline, 1996) ISBN 978-0733603693 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-456-5
  • Billy Fishbone, King of the Kids (Hodder Headline, 1997) ISBN 978-0733605079 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-460-2
  • Blowflies and Glow-Worms (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71067-1
  • Boys Only (No Girls) Otford Press, 2002) ISBN 1-876928-93-X
  • Brad the Wonder Baby (Blake Education, 2000) ISBN 1-86509-331-9
  • Bushranger Bob & the Nude Olympics (with Bill Condon) (Hodder Headline, 1999) ISBN 0-7336-1038-2 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-465-7
  • Bushrangers Teacher Source Book (Five Senses Education) ISBN 978-1-74130-467-1
  • Candy in the Kitchen (Collins,1989) ISBN 0-7322-7320-X
  • Carl’s Café (Thomas Nelson, 2002) ISBN 0-7339-3338-6/ISBN 0-7608-5799-7
  • Champion Children (Heinemann Library, 1998) ISBN 1-86391-694-6
  • Christmas Around the World (Macmillan) ISBN 0-7329-0215-0
  • Christmas Carols, Songs and Poems (Macmillan) ISBN 0-7329-0212-6
  • Christmas in Australia (Macmillan) ISBN 0-7329-0216-9
  • Christmas Make and Do (Macmillan) ISBN 0-7329-0217-7
  • Christmas Stories (Macmillan) ISBN 0-7329-0213-4
  • Cinderfella (Penguin, 2001) ISBN 0-14-131265-3
  • Crossing the Line (Ford Street Publishing, 2008) ISBN 978-1-876462-70-3
  • Crash Landing (Thomas Nelson, 2002) ISBN 0-17-010514-8
  • Dame Nellie Nickabocka, shooting Star (Hodder Headline, 1996) ISBN 978-0-7336-0372-3 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-459-6
  • Daring Dora and the All-Girl Gang (Hodder Headline, 1996) ISBN 978-0-7336-0335-8 + (Five Senses Education) ISBN 978-1-74130-463-3
  • Dateless & Desperate (Pearson Education, 2002) ISBN 0-7339-3472-2
  • Desert Dan the Dunnyman (Hodder Headline, 1997) ISBN 0-7336-0509-5 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-461-9
  • Erky Perky Silly Stuff (Five Senses Education, 2013) ISBN 978-1-74130-780-1
  • Fangs (Thomas Nelson, 2002) ISBN 0-17-010513-X
  • Famous & Fabulous Kids (Jacaranda Wiley, 1995) ISBN 0-7312-1652-0
  • Freaky Fact or Fiction (Hinkler Books 2011) 9781741852530
  • Getting Even (Rigby Heinemann, 1996) ISBN 0-7312-1979-1
  • Giggle and Grin (Five Senses Education, 2012) ISBN 978-1-74130-598-2
  • Grandma Cadbury’s Bikie Gang (A&R, 1993) ISBN 0-207-17918-2
  • Grandma Cadbury’s Safari Tours (A&R, 1989) ISBN 978-0-207-16344-9
  • Grandma Cadbury’s Trucking Tales (A&R, 1987) ISBN 0-207-15877-0 (WINNER 1988 WEST AUSTRALIAN YOUNG READERS’ BOOK AWARD)
  • Grandma Cadbury’s Water World (Hodder Headline, 1997) ISBN 0-7336-0472-2
  • Hairy Hannah and the Grandad Gang (Hodder Headline, 1997) ISBN 978-0-7336-0508-6 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-458-9
  • How Christmas Began (Macmillan,1990) ISBN 0-7329-0214-2
  • How to Self-Edit (To Improve Your Writing) (Emerald Publishers, India, 2005) ISBN 81-7966-159-8 + (Five Senses Education, 2009) ISBN 978-1-74130-683-5
  • I’m An Australian: A Class Journal (Jacaranda Wiley, 1992) ISBN 0-7016-3028-0
  • In Big Trouble (Rigby, 1996) ISBN 0-7312-2164-8
  • Inventions (Heinemann Library,1998) ISBN 1-86391-693-8
  • Jacob Fang & His Feral Family (Hodder Headline, 1996) ISBN 978-0-7336-0371-6 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-462-6
  • Junk (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71025-1
  • Justin’s Wells, illustrated by Tony Flowers (Rigby, 2007) ISBN 978-0-7312-7486-4
  • Kings of the Creek (Rigby, 2001) ISBN 0-7312-2743-3
  • Madcap Cafe & other humorous plays (with Bill Condon; Brooks Waterloo, 1986) ISBN 978-0-86440-015-4
  • Making Friends on Beacon Street (Mimosa, 1992) ISBN 0-7327-7104-8
  • Money Smart Kids (Ibis, 2005) ISBN 1-920923-90-X
  • My Family (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71017-6
  • My Other Mother (Rigby Heinemann, 1996) ISBN 0-7312-2155-9
  • My Wacky Gran (Angus & Robertson, 1994) ISBN 0-207-18537-9 also ISBN 0-207-19167-0 (1997)
  • Ned the Nong & the Kelly Kids (with Bill Condon) (Hodder Headline, 1999) ISBN 0-7336-1040-4 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-464-0
  • Nick Knickers & The Great Santa Round-up (with Bill Condon) (Hodder Headline, 1999) ISBN 0-7336-1039-0 + (Five Senses Education, 2010)
  • Nobody’s Boy (Celapene Press, 2012) ISBN 978-0-9872556-0-0
  • Operation Lily-Liver (with Bill Condon, 1987) ISBN 0-333-41219-2
  • Out of the Blue (Pearson Education, 2005)
  • Piggy Moss (Puffin, 1982) ISBN 0-14-031536-5
  • Promise Not to Laugh (Angus & Robertson, 1996) ISBN 0-207-19142-5 (with Chris McTrustry)
  • Resourceful Kids (Rigby, 1997) ISBN 0-7312-2215-6
  • Revise, Edit & Re-Write (Ashton Scholastic, 1994) ISBN 1-86388-173-5
  • Rotten Rellies (Nelson, 1997) ISBN 978-0-17-009301-9
  • Schools at War! (Random House, 1997) ISBN 978-0-09-183292-6
  • Scrum O’Crum & the Bushranger Babes (Hodder Headline, 1997) ISBN 0-7336-0510-9 + (Five Senses Education, 2010) ISBN 978-1-74130-457-2
  • Skin and Bones (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71070-1
  • Stagestruck! plays (with Bill Condon; HBJ, 1992) ISBN 0-7295-0865-X
  • Supermouth (Rigby, 1995) ISBN 0-7312-1947-3
  • Terri (Puffin, 1981) ISBN 0-14-031376-1
  • The Belligrumble Bigfoot (Roo Books, 1984) ISBN 0-949924-47-4
  • The Bogeyman in the Garden (Longman, 1995) ISBN 978-0-582-80484-5
  • The Boy Who Loved Chocolate (Omnibus, 1990) ISBN 0-14-034570-1
  • The Case of the Kidnapped Brat (with Bill Condon, Reed Mystery Mammoth, 1995) ISBN 0-582-91068-4 / ISBN 1-86330-475-4
  • The Curse of King Nevertrustme (Angus & Robertson, 1995) ISBN 0-207-18786-X
  • The Funnies: Cartoons and Comics (Jacaranda Press, 1993) ISBN 0-7016-2816-2
  • The Girl in the Basement (Morris Publishing Australia, 2013) ISBN 978-0-9875434-1-7
  • The Hold-Up Heroes (National Museum of Australia, 2005) ISBN 978-1-876944-38-4
  • The Last Refuge (Hodder Headline, 1996) ISBN 0-7336-0318-1
  • The Little Red Hen, infants’ play (Macmillan, 1987) ISBN 978-0-333-41079-0
  • The Magician (Rigby,1988) ISBN 0-7312-0274-0
  • The Musicians of Bremen, infants’ play (Macmillan, 1987) ISBN 0-8136-3644-2
  • The New Writer’s Survival Guide (Penguin,1989) ISBN 0-14-011508-0
  • The Pobblebonk Frog (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71024-4
  • The Shape (Allen and Unwin, 2000) ISBN 1-86508-353-4
  • The Slacky Flat Gang (with Bill Condon; Brooks Waterloo, 1988) ISBN 0-86440-088-8
  • The Trouble With Parents (Longman, 1996) ISBN 0-582-80486-8 + (Scholastic, Canada, 2001) ISBN 0-7791-0827-2
  • The Worst Cook in the World (Nelson, 1987) ISBN 0-454-01254-3
  • Top Tasty Treats (Jacaranda, 1993) ISBN 0-7016-3195-3
  • Treasure Seekers (Longman, 2001) ISBN 0-7339-2470-0 + (Pearson Education, 2001) ISBN 0-7339-2470-0 (with Ann C Whitehead & Bill Condon)
  • Troublemaker (Longman, 1995) ISBN 0-582-80485-X + (Addison Wesley Longman 1996) ISBN 0-7791-0828-0 + (Sundance, 1997) ISBN 0-7608-0768-X
  • Thirteen Going on Forty (Hodder & Stoughton, 1986) ISBN 0-340-37612-0
  • Urgent Delivery (Thomas Nelson, 2002) ISBN 0-17-010519-9
  • Villains (Heinemann Library, 1996) ISBN 1-86391-457-9
  • We Care for Our School (Landmark, NZ, 1996) ISBN 978-1-86959-174-8
  • Whales (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71069-5
  • When Melissa-Ann Came To Dinner (Harcourt Brace, 1989) ISBN 0-7295-0809-9
  • Who Pushed Humpty (with Mary Small, illustrated Craig Smith, Mimosa,1992) ISBN 978-0-7327-0960-0
  • Wordgames (Longman Cheshire, 1993) ISBN 0-582-91068-4 + (Five Senses Education, 2009) ISBN 978-1-74130-682-8
  • Your Teeth (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71068-8
  • Zoo Animals (CUP, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-71071-8
  • References

    Dianne Bates Wikipedia


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