Elizabeth Laird


portraits of Elizabeth Laird

Photo by Anne Mortensen

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.

Her travels across the world have influenced her style of writing and choice of topics, and she is well known for tackling a wide range of global issues through her work.

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 six times for the Carnegie Medal! Her books have been translated into more than twenty-eight languages.

Books by Elizabeth Laird

welcometonowherewip    dindy-and-the-elephant-978144727240301    fastest-boy    prince-who-walkedwitching-hour    lost-rider    crusade    orangessecret    paradise-end   alittlepiece  garbage-kingjakestower    kiss-the-dust    red-sky

Retellings and shorter stories

fistful     ogress     pea-boy     shahnameh when-the-world-began     two-crafty