Liz Newman - The Open College of the Arts

Liz Newman

Although I have had radio plays broadcast, short stories published and won poetry prizes I am best known for my children’s books. The Divide trilogy, published by The Chicken House, has been translated into a number of other languages, and I have written reluctant reader books for Barrington Stoke and Eprint. I have also had adult novels published; my most recent one is Beware of Men with Moustaches, which is available for the Kindle.

I have judged short story competitions, edited non-fiction books and performed my poems at various events. I have also given readings at festivals, lectures at conferences, workshops at schools and appeared on radio and television and I write regular book reviews for a magazine. A member of the group Electric Authors, I write a blog post on the 17th of each month. I have been a tutor with the Open College of the Arts since 2007, and I like to think I can tackle just about any genre and age-group, from humour to horror, pre-teens to senior citizens (and I’m one of the latter myself, now) and I believe in kind but constructively honest criticism.

I have always listed my hobbies as travelling to outlandish places, and trying not to get eaten by the local wildlife. I can’t see that changing any time soon.

My website gives more information about my books, and can be found at

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