Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943 but she grew up in Britain. She has lived in many parts of the world, including Ethiopia, Malaysia, Iraq and Lebanon. She now lives in Britain with her husband, David McDowall, who is also a writer.
Some of Elizabeth's novels are set in Britain, and deal with the problems and concerns of young people growing up today. Others are set in Kurdistan, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Pakistan. She has also written two historical novels, shorter novels for younger children, picture books and retellings of folk tales.
Elizabeth has won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year Award and has been shortlisted for the Costa Award, the Blue Peter Award, the Royal Mail Award and five times for the Carnegie Medal. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
About writer's work
I enjoy writing on a breadth of subjects. Working abroad in Africa and the Middle East has been the spur to some of my work. Increasingly, I am turning to historical themes, particularly where events in the past have the power to illuminate what is happening in the world today.
Current events and projects
I now make school visits very rarely, but am willing to consider undertaking readings and talks both to children and teachers/librarians throughout Scotland.