Vale Di Gribble

Family and friends are gathering this morning to mourn the loss of Diana Gribble AM, one of the pre-eminent figures in the local and national publishing industry over recent decades.

Detail of a portrait of Di Gribble sourced from ArtsHub

Detail of a portrait of Di Gribble sourced from ArtsHub

Many tributes and obituaries have been published in the days since Di passed away of cancer last week at the age of 69. The publishing company she set up with Hilary McPhee in 1975 published titles by some of the towering names of the baby-boomer generation of Australian letters, including Helen Garner, Rod Jones, Tim Winton and Barry Hall. More recently, she was a co-owner of Text Media and, later, the company that publishes Crikey. As Michael Heyward wrote in The Australian, “You can’t understand Australian publishing without knowing about Diana Gribble.”

For more, read the obituaries published by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Meanjin, ABC Radio National’s Book Show, and, from Crikey, Literary Minded and Culture Mulcher.

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