Liz Ledden is a Sydney-based children’s book author and podcaster.
Liz’s latest picture book WALKING YOUR HUMAN is about all the best things to do on a walk, according to some cheeky (and slightly delusional) dogs. Her picture book TULIP AND BRUTUS is about friendship, differences, teamwork and bugs!
Liz also co-hosts kids’ book podcast One More Page with friends, authors and book lovers Kate Simpson and Nat Amoore, where she interviews kids’ book industry professionals, reviews the latest books and lapses into the occasional laughing fit. Together, the One More Page team contributed a kids’ play to the CBCA anthology OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS.
Liz has lived in Vietnam, Cambodia and Canada, and has a rescue dog named Frankie who acts like a cat. She can typically be found seeking out new cafes or maxing out her library card.
Liz is represented by Sarah McKenzie Literary Management.
One More Page is an Australian kids’ book podcast featuring interviews, book reviews and a kids-led segment. It’s available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual podcast apps, and was a finalist in the Best Newcomer category of the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards. On the show, Liz has interviewed kids’ book creators including Jane Godwin and Anna Walker, Gus Gordon, Yvette Poshoglian, James Foley, Julianne Negri, Gavin Aung Than and more, plus publishers, librarians and booksellers. The podcast team have been interviewed in industry publications including Books + Publishing and the Writing NSW magazine, Newswrite.
Liz holds an MA in Writing and Literature via Deakin University, majoring in Children’s Literature, plus a BA in Media Communications. She’s taken writing workshops via Writing NSW and the Australian Writers’ Centre, and is currently honing her creativity in the Scribbles course run by author Jen Storer. Liz has won awards for her writing through CYA and Writers’ Unleashed conferences, and won the Junior Fiction category of the 2020 Scribbles Creative Writing Awards. Details can be found here.
Liz has presented at a range of kids’ book industry events, including podcast panels with the One More Page team at SCBWI Sydney, SCBWI ACT, CBCA Northern Suburbs and CBCA Newcastle meetings. She was on the CYA Conference Success Panel at the 2020 conference (via Zoom), speaking about her path to publication and her pitching and competition success via CYA. Liz ran a workshop for writers and illustrators at the SCBWI ACT Conference 2021 about tapping into your talents to enhance your kids’ book career. She also presented about her picture book WALKING YOUR HUMAN at a CBCA Eastern Suburbs event and via StoryScoop, a video series for schools by CBCA and SCBWI. For school bookings in NSW, please contact CKT Speakers’ Agency.
Before delving into the world of kids’ books, Liz held a range of corporate and writing roles, from Deputy Editor and writer for AsiaLIFE Cambodia magazine, to researcher for LUXE City Guides and travel columnist for Tiger Airways’ in-flight magazine. She’s written freelance articles for a range of print and online publications including Travel Wire Asia, AsiaLIFE Vietnam and Child magazine, and her travel tips were featured in MamaMia and Cleo Magazine. Liz has also written and edited marketing copy for companies including Insider Journeys, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and content agency Web Salad. She often dreams of technicolour Asian markets and is always plotting future trips.
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