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Diana Menefy

Diana_Menefy_1.jpgDiana Menefy was born in Christchurch and trained as a nurse. Her and her husband Keith are retired dairy farmers and still live on the farm in Tapuhi, north-east of Whangarei. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Diana started writing and was first published in the late 1970s. Since then, she has had a steady body of work published, mainly non-fiction, but has also had short stories for adults broadcast and published – the most recent being ‘Waiting for Anna Kate’ (2010) published in Takahe.
Her first story for children was a Ready to Read called Greedy Gull published in 1980. Since then she has had stories and articles published through Learning Media on a regular basis. Her first junior novel, River Crossing, was published by Reed in 2001. Her second, Shadow of the Boyd, appeared in 2010.
Diane has been actively involved in the writing world since the mid-1990s. She teaches writing for NorthTec, is on the committee of the Northland branch of NZSA (PEN Inc) and is involved in Storylines and the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme.
Selected bibliography:
  • River Crossing (Reed 2001).
  • Shadow of the Boyd (HarperCollins 2010).
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011 Junior Fiction Finalist for Shadow of the Boyd.
  • Esther Glen Medal 2011 for Shadow of the Boyd.
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