Lesley Beake has been involved with writing and editing children’s stories for thirty-five years now and has published over 85 books. All her stories are set in Africa and are rich in African imagery and landscape. They vary from picture books for the very young, to novels for teenagers, with a good spread of stories for all ages in between. Much of her work involves writing for readers who are reading in English as their second, third, or even fourth language. The challenge of corresponding a reading level with an interest level is helped by her background in primary school teaching and in teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East for the British Council.
Lesley also has a wide portfolio of other writing, including travel writing, broadcasting and website work. She has edited three southern African travel magazines and four websites on wildly varied topics.
Her books have been translated into numerous languages, worldwide and in Africa, and she has received many awards for her books. But the greatest satisfaction comes with meeting the young people who actually read her books – and in typing the last word of the manuscript in hand!
Upcoming Writing Life courses
In Stanford, beginning from April 2021, there will be three-day courses including writing experience on the river, in the market, on the hills ... and most especially, in your own imagination.