Lesley Beake is an award-winning children's writer and editor. She has published nearly 90 books over the last 30 years and edited many more while working in publishing.
Born in Scotland, Lesley emigrated to South Africa as a child and is passionate about the continent of Africa.
In 2011, she co-founded the Children's Book Network with Sindiwe Magona and Gcina Mhlophe. This nonprofit brings reading to educationally disadvantaged children through workshops and the Children's Book Network website.
The aim is to inspire children who can read, but don't read, to find meaning in books and stories.
Lesley also has 12 years teaching experience, including a time for the British Council in Qatar. Communication, language and the way humans understand each other constantly fascinate her.