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Liliana Stafford is an award-winning author, illustrator and artist residing in Perth, WA.
To Liliana, writing is like breathing and it is present in everything she does. She draws from the normal everyday things that happen and her ideas come when she takes the time to live life slowly and approach the world with an open mind.
Liliana came to writing after bringing up a large family. Animals and the natural environment had always been an important part of her life and for many years she lived on small rural properties and taught horse riding. She began writing seriously after the death of a beautiful welsh mountain pony called Chiko, which had been ridden by her daughter, Hermine. Chiko's story became the first two novels in a horse series. Chiko Book One Through the Starting Flags and Shah both won the Hoffman Award in the WAYRBA. (WA Children's Choice Awards)
Liliana also writes picture books. Grandpa's Gate was short-listed for the WA Premier's Award 2003 and Amelia Ellicott's Garden was a notable book in two categories in the 2001 CBC Awards. She is published both in Australia and overseas. Since 2005 she has discovered the joy of being both writer and illustrator, working in tissue paper collage and encaustic wax. The Stone Elephant, her first title which she both wrote and illustrated, was published in October 2007. For her picture book Heipparallaa! Liliana collaborated with Finnish illustrator Elina Järvinen.
Other picture books written by Liliana include Just Dragon illustrated by Margaret Power, Snow Bear illustrated by Lambert Davis, The Shy Mala illustrated by Sophia Zielinski, and Mr Billy's Goat illustrated by Suzie Byrne. Find out more about Liliana by visiting her website www.lilianastafford.com
For aspiring authors, Liliana is one of a group of established authors/illustrators who can be booked via The Literature Centre to 'share their craft' during a one hour writing or illustration consultation for adults. Please contact us for further information.