She grew up on a farm at Mil Lel near Mount Gambier, in the South East of South Australia, where her family has farmed the same property since the early 1860s.
Liz was only 10 years old when she decided to become a journalist and writer. At the age of 12 she contributed her first published piece to a book in memory of Robe author Kathleen Bermingham, who was an early mentor; and at 17 she started her cadetship as a journalist at her local newspaper, The Border Watch.
Since then Liz has worked for a range of Australian and overseas publications as a full-time journalist, freelance writer and photographer. She also spent more than 10 years with one of Australia’s leading public relations consultancies, building a national reputation in the rural sector and being awarded a Churchill Fellowship which took her overseas to study better ways to communicate with farmers.
Today she lives and writes from her home in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. In her spare time Liz volunteers as a committee member of her local historical society, and as immediate past president of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists – the umbrella organisation for the country’s five rural press clubs.
The Blue Ribbon Cookbook was her first book. She has since written the best-selling Women of the Land (Allen & Unwin, March 2012), about eight women running their own farms, and has a book about the historic South Australian town, Robe, due out in Spring 2013.
For more information about Liz visit her website – www.lizharfull.com