Sandra Yates talks to one of Australia’s best-loved and most prolific writers, Di Morrissey. Her latest book, A Distant Journey, moves from California to the Australian outback that Di loves and knows so well. Her fascination for cultural and environmental issues is reflected in the book’s setting in a family sheep station, facing the natural disasters and caprices of the wool industry while haunted by a family mystery.

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Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.

Di Morrissey (Australian)

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Di Morrissey wanted to write books from age seven. She worked as a journalist and broadcaster before publishing her first book. Landscape is the inspiration for her novels and she lives in each place where a book is set. She writes of relationships, intrigue and family issues, weaving in the history, the environment, cultural, social and political issues of each place. Di has established and supports a primary school in Myanmar. She also writes and publishes a monthly newspaper, The Manning Community News.

Sandra Yates (Australian)

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Sandra Yates AO is a consultant to government and business, with a special focus on education and the arts. She is a former President of Chief Executive Women, and was Chair of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia from 1996 to 2004. She was publisher of Time magazine from 1990-1994, Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board from 1997 to 2007, and Chair of Sydney Writers' Festival from 2000 to 2011. She was a founding board member of the newly independent National Art School and is a board member of the University of New South Wales Press.