• Chenee Marrapodi

Anzac Day Special: Portland Jones & Dianne Wolfer

Telling stories of war with Portland Jones, author of the historical fiction novel Only Birds Above, and Dianne Wolfer, author of the picture book The Last Light Horse.

Portland Jones is a writer, lecturer and horse trainer who lives and works in the Swan Valley. She has a PhD in Literature and her first novel, Seeing the Elephant, was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award.


Her second novel, Only Birds Above, is the story of Arthur Watkins, a blacksmith, who leaves his beloved young wife Helen to serve with the 10th Light Horse Regiment in the Middle East in World War I. He returns without his horse, a man forever changed by what he has seen and suffered.

Dianne Wolfer is an award-winning author. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and was adapted into a stage production by Black Swan State Theatre Company. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the

Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), was inspired by a wartime anecdote, has been used as an international peace reference and was also published in Japanese.


Dianne's latest book, The Last Light Horse, is the fourth and final book in the Light series, which began with Lighthouse Girl and includes the CBCA shortlisted Light Horse Boy. The Last Light Horse is a picture book for older readers and tells the story of Sandy, the only returning warhorse.