Diana Mary Gribble AM[1] (13 April 1942 – 4 October 2011) was an Australian publisher, book editor and businessperson.[2] A feminist,[3] Gribble was one of the most influential figures in the Australian publishing scene and wider cultural life between 1975 and 2010.[4]

Di Gribble

Diana Mary Glenn

(1942-04-13)13 April 1942
Died4 October 2011(2011-10-04) (aged 69)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationPublisher, editor, businessperson
Known for
  • John Gribble (dis.)
  • Les Kossatz (d. Feb. 2011)
ChildrenAnna Gribble
Parent(s)Sir Archibald Glenn


Gribble was born in Melbourne, the daughter of Sir Archibald Glenn and Betty Balderstone.[5] Educated at Fintona Girls' School, she began studying architecture at the University of Melbourne, where she met Hilary McPhee.[3]

In 1975 McPhee and Gribble co-founded McPhee Gribble, an Australian publishing house that was the first publisher of numerous well-known Australian authors including Glen Tomasetti, Helen Garner, Tim Winton, Murray Bail, Kaz Cooke, Peter Cundall, Rod Jones, Jean McCaughey, Rodney Hall, Kathy Lette, Gabrielle Carey and Drusilla Modjeska.[3][6] In 1989, McPhee Gribble was sold to Penguin Books.

In 1990, she partnered with Eric Beecher and together they launched Text Media Group; and attracted authors including Peter Singer, Tim Flannery, The Chaser team, Shane Maloney, Hazel Hawke, Robert Manne and Raimond Gaita. Text was sold to Fairfax Media in 2004.[3]

In 2005, again with Beecher, she co-founded Private Media and acquired Crikey,[6] and additional online news services.[3]

Gribble was a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including a term as deputy chair, a member of the Australia Council, a director of Lonely Planet, of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Major Events Company, Austrade, Circus Oz, Care Australia, and a founding member of the Women's Electoral Lobby, as well as the Essendon Football Club's Women's Network.[3]

Gribble died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011, aged 69.[3][4]


  1. ^ "GRIBBLE, Diana Mary". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  2. ^ Heyward, Michael (7 October 2011). "Obituary: Publisher Diana Gribble nurtured literary talent". The Australian. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Howcroft, Elizabeth; Beecher, Eric; Heyward, Michael. "Gribble, Diana (Di) (1942–2011)". Obituaries Australia. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Steger, Jason (6 October 2011). "Generous, wise, stable and reliable: tributes flow for publisher Gribble". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ Inglis, Kenneth Stanley (2006). Whose ABC?: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1983-2006. Melbourne, Victoria: Black Inc. ISBN 1-86395-189-X.
  6. ^ a b Leys, Nick (5 October 2011). "Private publisher Di Gribble dies". The Australian. Retrieved 6 December 2011.

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