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Born in Worcester on the 29 August, 1953, the third born of six children and the daughter of Ann and Jacobus Ferrus.

Worcester is a town +- 100 km from Cape Town, well known for its vineyards and wine.

Completed BA degree with Industrial Psychology and Sociology as majors in 1993. Started BA Honours (Women's and Gender Studies) in 1997 and completed in 1999. Currently completing Masters in Women's and Gender Studies. Thesis topic: "Black Afrikaans women writers: the joy and frustration of the writing process"

Diana belongs to a women's writers group called WEAVE (Women's Education & Artistic Voice Expression) and in 2002 their book ink@boilingpoint was published. Her short story, "Sarah will be home, a story of restoration" and her poem, "I've come to take you home", a tribute to Sarah Baartman is included. Diana Ferrus writes in both English and Afrikaans. She is also a founder member of "Bush Poets", an all women poet group from the University of the Western Cape. "Bush" was the derogatory name given to the institution in the early sixties. Diana proudly adds: "We coined the term!"

Founder member of the Afrikaans Writers Association (Afrikaanse Skrywersvereniging).

Founder member of women's writers association, "Women in X-chains".