Whether she is working as an author, public relations consultant or journalist, Liz Harfull’s passion is finding engaging ways to tell the stories of rural and regional Australia.
As an author, she is focussed on capturing the lives, experiences and history of rural Australians and their communities through her writing and photography. Her first book, The Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Wakefield Press 2008), focussed on the traditions of country shows and country show cooking in South Australia. Still in demand after six years and about to go into its 5th print run, it even took the author to Paris where it won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2009.
Since then Liz has written two national best-sellers: Women of the Land (Allen & Unwin 2012), about the inspiring lives of eight women from around Australia who run their own farms; and The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Allen & Unwin 2014), the much anticipated follow-up to her first book, with stories and recipes from across the country. Both books made the national Top 10 best-seller list for non-fiction.
In between, came Almost an Island: the Story of Robe (2013), which captures the history and stories of a small historic seaside town and port in southern Australia.
As a journalist, Liz has been writing for regional newspapers, specialist rural newspapers and magazines, and even the odd metropolitan daily, for more than 30 years.
As a Churchill Fellow and public relations consultant specialising in communicating information to rural audiences, she has used her skills to encourage farmers to take up best practice and the latest technologies, and to produce fibre and food more sustainably.