• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6156

Fahey, Diane Mary

(1945 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1945, Melbourne Victoria Australia
  • Occupation Editor, Lecturer, Poet, Writer


Diane Fahey has published twelve collections of poetry, in addition to numerous anthologies published in both Australian and international publications.


Diane holds Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education (1972) and a Master’s degree in English Literature (1975) from the University of Melbourne. After teaching at colleges in Melbourne in the late 1970s, Diane moved to England, where she lived and studied for several years in the early 1980s. From 1986 she lectured in literature at the University of South Australia, before returning to Victoria in the 1990s. In 2001 Diane completed a PhD in creative writing at the University of Western Sydney.

Diane has received a number of literary grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. She has also undertaken writing residencies in Venice, New South Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and been the writer in residence at Ormond College, Melbourne, and the University of Adelaide.

With her poetry, Diane has won the ACT Government’s Judith Write Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Award. Her work has also been shortlisted for many other awards. Diane was the poetry of the journal Voices in 1997 and in 2007 published a historical crime novella, The Mystery of Rosa Mortland.


Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers, 1986-1993 [manuscript]