Diana Lawrenson

— Writer —

Castle of books


Claire Saxby children's writer

Know the Author: Claire Saxby, Magpies Talking About Books for Children

An interview with award-winning author, Claire Saxby, who has faced and overcome major trauma on her way to success.

Mark WIlson, illustrator and author

Mark Wilson Illustrator and Writer, Magpies Talking About Books for Children

An interview with Mark Wilson, author and illustrator of books about child convicts, the environment, war and Australian artists.


Dromkeen Pictured Afresh, Magpies Talking About Books for Children

Dromkeen at Riddells Creek, Victoria, long associated with children’s literature, has changed owners and is putting on new programs for children.

In the Mother Superior's Chamber

In the Mother Superior’s Chamber, Magpies Talking About Books for Children

A group interested in children’s literature meets once a month in a former Melbourne convent to discuss a picture book, a middle grade and a young adult book that have a common theme.

Castle Blutenberg
Castle of Books, Magpies Talking About Books for ChildrenA look at how Jella Lepman established the International Youth Library in Munich immediately post World War 2, believing exposing children to stories from many nations is the key to a more tolerant and understanding future. Today Castle Blutenberg is the Library’s home.

Diana’s travel, opinion, social awareness, education, profiles, and human interest articles have appeared in The Age, The Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Adelaide Advertiser, The West Australian, Christchurch Press, The Cape Times, The Australian Way (Qantas), The Bulletin, and other publications.