Di Morrissey is Australia’s bestselling female writer. In 2017, in recognition of her achievements, Di was inducted into the Australian Book Industry Awards Hall of Fame and received the Lloyd O’Neil Award, joining an elite group of recipients including Peter Carey, John Marsden, Ruth Park and Bryce Courtenay. She trained as a journalist, working in newspapers, magazines, television, film, theatre, and advertising around the world. Her fascination with different countries — their terrain, their cultural, political, and environmental issues — has been the catalyst for her novels which are all inspired by a particular landscape. Di has been a tireless and passionate advocate and activist for many causes, from being Patron of the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre to opposing large scale development and commercial food chains into Byron Bay, fighting to save the Kimberley from gas and mining on sacred lands and, as patron of the Manning Alliance, stopping power lines intruding into the Manning Valley. Six years ago, Di established The Golden Land Education Foundation to build and develop Pyin Nya Yeik Mon Monastic Primary School, in Sagaing, Myanmar, which she still supports. For the past two years, Di has published and edited a thriving community newspaper, The Manning Community News (www.manningcommunitynews.com).