Author details

Elizabeth Laird

Biography

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.

Local authority where they are based

Edinburgh

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

Nowhere cover

Welcome to Nowhere

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
Illustrated by Lucy Eldridge.

The Fastest Boy in the World

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run!
The Prince Who Walked With Lions

The Prince Who Walked With Lions

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
The British Army is circling the stronghold of the King of Abyssinia. Under orders from Queen Victoria, its mission is to rescue the British Envoy, held prisoner.
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
The Shahnameh is a collection of stories and myths from ancient Iran, filled with kings, heroes, princesses, magical animals and demons.
The Listener (Colour Graffix)

The Listener (Colour Graffix)

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
written by Pauline Hazelwood also When Gavin arrives at his grandmother's house, she is nowhere to be found.
Pea Boy

Pea Boy

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
<p> Illustrated by Shirin Adl </p> <p> Iran has mountains striped with snow, dense forests where bears and lynxes still roam, deserts, bazaars...but above all it has stories - of
A Little Piecce of Ground

A Little Piecce of Ground

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
12-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing.
The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
In seventeenth-century Scotland, everyone knows the devil is real. Everyone knows that witches exist.
Lost Riders

Lost Riders

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
Taken from their home in Pakistan to work in the Persian Gulf, eight-year-old Rashid and his little brother Shari cling to each other.
The Ogress and the Snake: and Other Stories from Somalia (Paperback)

The Ogress and the Snake: and Other Stories from Somalia (Paperback)

Author(s): Elizabeth Laird
For millennia, Somalia has been crossed and recrossed by camel caravans of merchants bringing stories with them.

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