Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • An insight into Di Bates

    Di Bates(also known as Di and Daisy and Aunty Di Di)

    Born: Sydney, 20 March, 1948

    Sister: Volda (she got the interesting name)

    Brother: Larry

    Husband: Bill Condon, also a children's author!

    Children: Claire (b.1969, married to Benoit, lives in Ottawa, Canada) Kathleen (b.1971 d 1973)
    Ashley (b 1988) former foster daughter Paul (b 1991) former foster son

    Schools attended (all in NSW): Carlton PS; Mortdale PS; Appin PS; Campbelltown HS; Wollongong Teachers' College; Wollongong University

    Schools where Di taught: Padstow Park PS; Canterbury PS: Belmore South PS; Our Lady of Lourdes, Earlwood; Holsworthy PS: Randwick PS; Prestons PS; Wollongong University

    First book written: Terri

    Hobbies: Reading, swimming, playing Scrabble (in tournaments), movies, making mosaics, watching TV, painting, visiting friends, cycling, exploring the internet

    Likes: Children, opera, the ocean, being lazy, playing with my dog Sassy, freedom

    Dislikes: Cruelty to children, drunkenness, cigarette smoke, loud discordant music, selfish people

    Favourite places: Anywhere with Bill, home, near the sea, also Coogee Women's Pool, the Isle of Capri, London

    Favourite animal: goat

    Favourite bird: toucan

    Favourite flower: daffodil

    Favourite foods: ice-cream, bananas, Swiss chocolates

    Favourite colour: blood red

    Favourite children's book: Where the Lilies Bloom (Bill and Vera Cleaver)

  • More About Di Bates

    For further information about the author and her works, please refer to the following publications:

    Appleton, Jonathon (ed), Authorbook: Australian Author Profiles, Sydney CE Co-Educational Grammar School, Redlands, 1991

    Dunkle, Margaret(ed), The Story Makers I, OUP, Melbourne, 1987

    McVitty, Walter, Authors & Illustrators of Australian Children's Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, 1989

    Saxby, Maurice, The Proof of the Puddin': Australian Children's Literature 1970-1990, Ashton Scholastic, Gosford, 1993

    Spellbinders: A Guide to Children's Authors & Illustrators of NSW, Library Association of Australia, 1988

    Spindler, Graham, Behind the Lines: Views from 'Behind the Scenes' of Writing & Publishing for Young Readers, Australian Library & Information Association, 1991

    The Authors & Illustrators Scrapbook II, Omnibus Books, Norwood, 1991