Lisa Louden is a writer and author. Her authored books include three non-fiction books and a children’s book. A former journalist, television and radio news producer, she’s also been a magazine editor, a corporate communications consultant, and for five years volunteered as managing director of an animal foundation.
A recipient of the 2023 Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Award, Lisa is now in the final stages of her novel. Around her fiction work, she writes and consults for a handful of regular clients and still undertakes the occasional article (examples here).
In 2018, she won the Writers Victoria Award for short fiction at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards (read it free here) and a writer’s residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol which she undertook in 2019. She’s also had a short screenplay longlisted in the Monte Miller Awards.
Her first non-fiction book Moments of Connection on the benefits of animals on children raised thousands of dollars for more than 10 non-profit animal and children’s charities including The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Ten-plus years on, it’s still helping animal non-profits – currently for sale in the NT at Shine Gifts (Cullen Bay & Waterfront) and Darwin Newsagency (City Mall).
Lisa is the author of the gender-defying Pipey Fairy, the gingernut ‘fairy that’s hairy’ empowering kids to willingly give up their pipey, also known as a dummy, pacifier, binky and many other names. In 2018, The Pipey Fairy was shortlisted for the national Speech Pathology Australia Awards.
Other books include 100 Years at the Cutting Edge the fascinating story of Sutton Tools, the only major cutting tool manufacturer in Australia, whose quality is so superb, it exports to more than 40 countries across the globe.
Lisa has a BA from Deakin University with majors in Journalism and Sociology and in her earlier years was a professional basketballer, aerobics instructor (in London, clients would ask for the ‘tall Australian’s class’!) and trivia host.
An Australian with a UK passport, she’s lived abroad and across Australia. When Lisa was 26, she’d moved 26 times but in latter years has (somewhat) curbed her wanderlust. In 2017, after 14 years in Melbourne, she and her husband moved their family to the very unique Northern Territory for work and adventure. After an amazing 5.5 years in Darwin, they’ve now moved to Australia’s east coast and the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, where they can swim without crocs!