Deanne Leber is an Australian writer, with Constellations being her recent, major piece of work.
Deanne has had a successful career, working within the disability sector as an Auditor of Quality Standards. The Standards that Deanne has audited include: ISO 9001, National Standards for Disability Services, and the NDIS Practice Standards. As well as Auditing, Deanne has held roles in Quality and Safeguarding, has worked in teams to consult with organisations, identifying areas they may not be meeting, within the NDIS Practice Standards. She is currently a Governing Board Member of a large certification Body, with offices in Australia.
Deanne is passionate about Mental Health and wellbeing. She has shared her lived experience story to various community groups, including carers, universities, police and paramedics. She has worked as a facilitator and presenter for MIFWA (Mental Illness Fellowship of WA) and Re-mind (now One Door Mental Health) in NSW. Deanne wants to break the stigma around mental illness – and to focus on the recovery process.
Deanne has been writing since she was a teenager, and went to her first poetry reading when she was 17. She fell in love with hearing the readings, and since then, has shared her work at various readings in NSW and in WA. Her work has been published in a range of journals, anthologies and newspapers. Her first collection of poetry, Book of Days, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards in 2007.
In 2016, Deanne graduated with a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. Her PhD work, Constellations, was published in 2021. Constellations took ten years to write, and a further five to publish. She feels that it arrived, in its own time.
Deanne has been married since 1995, and currently lives with her partner and son in the base of the hills, north of Adelaide.