Travelling has provided impetus for Liz’s creative writing


I AM an Australian born local author who grew up in Lane Cove and have spent most of my adult life in Hunters Hill.

Currently I reside in Woolwich with my husband Greg and dog Storm and have three adult children and five little grandchildren.

My work background has been in health services and, in particular, mental health including drug and alcohol in a variety of roles as well as teaching and tutoring at universities and involvement in health research and ethics.

My academic background is in Anthropology and Comparative Sociology.

Research has included exploring issues of indigenous suicide, vocational training opportunities for people with mental health issues and a PhD doctoral thesis on the ethnography of deinstitutionalisation for people with mental illness, all of which have resulted peer-reviewed publications.

My extensive travelling includes road trips across continents, sailing adventures and family holidays, which has provided the impetus for creative writing and photography.

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THE COMMON Thread writing group has been an inspiration for me to keep writing.

I am recently retired which has allowed me to enjoy the freedom and creativity of fiction writing.

I have had published a fiction novel ‘Faraway on an Island’ a couple of years ago, as well as ‘Meandering’; a selection of short stories, some of which have won awards.

My latest novel ‘Jagged Edge of Joy’ has just been launched.

The story begins when a three-year old boy goes missing, presumed drowned, in 1961 following mayhem during a southerly buster storm on Sydney’s northern beaches.

A mother’s worst nightmare unfolds over time and grief morphs into revenge.

The mystery develops throughout a couple of decades and comes to an unexpected ending after two families confront and attempt to recalibrate their lives on the other side of the world in Tenerife.

The book launch took place at Lane Cove Library on July 31 with Lex Marinos OAM introducing the book .

The conversational style Lex and I had regarding the book and writing in general, was appreciated by the audience, who asked lots of questions.

Lane Cove Library staff were wonderful and ensured the evening went off smoothly for over 50 people.

I will now concentrate of getting my book out to bookshops and further afield.

It is also available via my website: as well as online as an e-book via Amazon.

My website also has information about my writing and other books.

LIZ Newton is a local author who resides in Woolwich.