Readers always ask Di Morrissey how she started writing and where did her ideas come from? Although she has always enjoyed telling and writing stories, it was a long journey to become a published and successful author.
Morrissey was born in Wingham in the Manning Valley NSW and at five moved to Pittwater, a remote and magical part of Sydney, which in those days was populated by rather bohemian characters. One of these, the Australian actor Chips Rafferty, taught her dozens of Australian poems and shared with her his experiences in the Australian outback where he lived before he started his acting career. The poet Dorothrea Mackeller, whose poem, ‘My Country’ has such an important place in Australian literature, also lived near her. She encouraged Morrissey to write down her stories so that other people could enjoy them too.