Author Services

Elizabeth is available for:

Interviews
 / Talks
 / Workshops / 
Commission based projects / Charity events / Community events

Email Elizabeth at:  elizabethmarycummingswriter@gmail.com
Phone Elizabeth on: +61 431 861 387.

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Audiences:

Children, 5-7 (Learning F – 2), 8-11 (Learning 3 – 6), 5-11 (Learning 7 – 10), Adult groups

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About Elizabeth’s Books and Literary Services

My children’s picture book series fall into two main categories: firstly  The Elephant in the Room series and the Verityville series.

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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room series deals with tough health and wellbeing issues through the eyes of a young child. The purpose of the series is to help explain difficult health topics to younger children who made be going through tough times within their families as well as to empower them in seeing their role in the whole recovery process.

My debut picture book in this series is called The Disappearing Sister. It is about anorexia nervosa and the impact on the family told through the eyes of the younger sibling. It takes the reader on the journey of illness and recovery sharing both a message of hope and an age-appropriate explanation of what is going on in a family where there is an eating disorder sufferer. It covers a topic traditionally stigmatised and poorly understood as well as giving voice to those who are often the silent sufferers in the family – namely the younger siblings. This is breakthrough literature in the area and is being used by practitioners to help their clients and their families come to terms with the impact of the illness on the family and to help provide a means of starting important and tough conversations with the younger family members. The book is designed to be used as a sharing tool both at home and in the classroom.

Workshops for The Elephant in the Room

Adult workshops and workshops for school groups.
As someone who has directly been involved with eating disorders and the long time care of a child, workshops and forum based sessions are available for those who are going through similar experiences or who have a professional interest in the nature of eating disorders and the recovery process from such illnesses.

 

Verityville


The Verityville series is a collection of simple stand-alone stories about characters in a little town ’not far from you’. It is based on many memories of my own childhood coupled with looking at my local community from a child’s perspective. There you will find the kindest and friendliest people all striving to do their best at work and play and making a positive impact on the lives of those they meet. Meet The Sweetest Lollipop Lady in the World, The Garbage Guy and The Brave Lady Lifeguard. Discover the of magic and her Mrs. T and her magic pencil and dream big dreams with Sadie and her salon who dedicate themselves to transforming and listening to others.

Verityville Children’s workshops

I love stories and storytelling – we all have stories to tell and experiences to share! Whenever we look around we see others who are touching our lives in a magical way. I can visit your school or group and lead a workshop appropriate to the children’s ages and abilities. Together we can create our own picture book, make an ideas grow and magic happen when we work together to create our own wonderful stories.

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Literary festivals

Literary festivals are wonderful places where you can get completely absorbed and involved with books and those who love them. I can deliver hands-on activities session for younger festival goers or get involved with storytelling and sharing my writing process with those avid readers and storytellers of all ages!
I am based in Sydney, Australia.
Bookings for wider Australia and any internationally based projects are taken on a case-by-case basis.

• Please note: Proceeds from bookings for The Elephant in the Room Series will be channelled back to the relevant charity to help enhance research and education in the area of study.

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Books

The Disappearing Sister

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What do you do when someone you love is hurting? When their behaviour is making it worse? How can you help them if you are the youngest and no one is listening? This book tackles the tough topic of eating disorders and how a family has to work together to help the big sister get better.
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(ISBN:978-1-910667-49-1).
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Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, general audience, health professionals, educators

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 picture book, World Book Day, eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, family health, The Elephant in the Room Series.

The Sweetest Lollipop Lady in the World         

lolly_pop_bk_smDiscover Audrey. Audrey is the sweetest lollipop lady in the world! Come and join her as she keeps everyone safe on her crossing with a smile, kindness and a little magic!
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(ISBN:978-1-910667-94-1).
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Book Type: 
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, general audience, educators

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picture book, World Book Day, Lollipop Lady, road safety, kindness, school, Verityville.

FullSizeRender (7) The Garbage Guy

Meet The Garbage Guy! He lives in Verityville. He works hard all day long to keep the town clean and tidy! The Garbage Guy really cares for the environment and all the people in it. He sweeps, lifts, cleans and picks up all the litter left behind. Whether he is on the big truck and or having a break with his friends the Garbage Guy has a happy smile and a great positive attitude to life.

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(ISBN:978-1-911076-26-1).
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Book Type: 
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, general audience, educators

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picture book, World Book Day, Garbage Guy, environment, work, rubbish, sustainability, Verityville.

Mrs T and the Magic Pencil
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Meet Mrs. T, a Verityville teacher who makes every child in her class feel special and want to do their best. Her classroom and her methods were always guaranteed to help children discover their potential and to enjoy learning. Join one of her former students on a nostalgic journey recalling the fun, the lessons and the memories with Mrs T. Will Mrs. T still be there? Will anyone know about or remember those special times?amazon_button

(ISBN:978-19110762850).

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Book Type: 
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, general audience, educators

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picture book, World Book Day, Teacher, school, work, rubbish, self esteem, Verityville.

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