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Elizabeth Laird

About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award winning author of many successful young fiction and YA novels.  Her travels across the world have influenced her style of writing and choice of topics; she is well known for tackling a wide range of global issues through her work.

Between 1996 and 2003, Elizabeth made five extensive journeys throughout Ethiopia to collect over 300 folk stories in a project set up with the British Council. She produced fourteen English readers for Ethiopian schools and created two websites, www.ethiopianfolktales.com and www.ethiopianfolktalesforkids.com. Elizabeth has written several collections of folktales for children including STORIES OF PEACE AND KINDNESS (Otter-Barry Books) and picture-book retellings of Tales by Rumi, such as GROBBLECHOPS and TWO ANTS PUZZLED published by Tiny Owl.

Macmillan have published wonderful reissues of Elizabeth’s backlist titles such as RED SKY IN MORNING, ORANGES IN NO MANS LAND, THE GARBAGE KING, CRUSADE, KISS THE DUST, JAKE’S TOWER and A LITTLE PIECE OF GROUND. In 2024, Macmillan published rejacketed editions of WELCOME TO NOWHERE, A HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS, SONG OF THE DOPLHIN BOY and THE FASTEST BOY IN THE WORLD.  THE GARBAGE KING (winner of the Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book of the Year award) was adapted for stage by the Unicorn Theatre.

THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF CHARITY BROWN (Macmillan), inspired by Elizabeth’s own childhood growing up in post-war London, received a coveted Kirkus starred review, described as “an atmospheric tale told in sparkling prose”.