Alison Lloyd loves history and stories. Her writing and presentations contain a strong element of both.
Alison is the author of three Chinese history themed books – Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors, shortlisted for the 2011 Children’s Book Council Awards; Year of the Tiger; and its sequel, Battle of the Jade Horse – as well as the popular Letty novels of the Our Australian Girl series, now with a counterpart story for boys: Do You Dare? The Bushranger’s Boys, 1841.
Before writing for children, Alison studied in China, and worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Alison’s own story is a real-life example of the diverse places and careers that learning a language can lead students into.
Alison can do presentations either on Australian or Chinese History.
For Australian History, Alison’s presentations use slides, stories and dress-ups for a lively look into everyday Colonial Australia.
The Chinese History sessions look at the life of the First Emperor – builder of the Great Wall and the terracotta army – and gives students a snapshot of the amazing achievements and intense conflicts of Ancient China. Alison speaks and reads Mandarin and incorporates some key Chinese language and customs, then leads students through a re-enactment of a dramatic court scene, using props and costumes.
Alison’s presentations can be extended into creative classes that engage students in their own writing, including narrative, poetry and Chinese calligraphy.
“Many thanks for arranging the Alison Lloyd visit to Wesley College during Children’s Book Week. The children had a great time, it was engaging, entertaining and informative and the re-enactment was definitely the highlight.”
Wesley College, VIC