Searching for me?
My website has been enjoying an incubation period and is now being
redesigned. I’m finishing off a few projects before I come back here.
In the meantime, here are some useful links:
Not sure if you’ve got the right Anna
~ You might have come across me in the context of creativity,
innovation, higher education, communications, writing, storytelling or
~ I have a PhD from the University of Toronto, and you might have come across
some of my academic work on narrative and storytelling, or in my previous incarnation
as a teacher.
~ I used to be a playwright, so you might have come across me in
workshops, or festivals or hanging around theatres.
~ I am English, Australian and Canadian and have the accent to prove it.
~ I currently live in Brisbane, Australia (previously Vancouver, Toronto
~ I can sometimes be found waxing poetic in public forums about the
importance of play, why we need the arts, child development, parenting, LGBTQ
issues, living with a chronic illness or other social issues that have
attracted my attention.
Need a short bio. to go along with one of my articles? Contact me and I’ll
send you one that works for the context. Or, if you’ve got a squishy deadline, feel
free to use this.
"Anna Lidstone, PhD, is a writer, storyteller
and creativity/innovation facilitator who has lived and worked all over the
world. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia." [updated Dec, 2018]
Contact me if you need images.
Creativity and Innovation Facilitation:
I am a certified, professional creativity and innovation facilitator,
working with adult teams in business, education and non-profit to support
cultures of innovation. I have trained with some of the world's foremost experts in creative problem-solving. I use a variety of methods, including Creative
Problem-Solving, Productive Thinking, FourSight and Lego Serious Play, as well
as applied improv and the expressive arts.
To discuss hiring me to work with your team, please email me: anna at
I have twenty years of professional writing experience, working with
organisations and individuals across five countries. I have worked on highly successful
individual projects and collaborations across areas including fundraising,
corporate communications, script development, museum design and non-profit
communications. I regularly collaborate with other creative professionals,
including graphic designers, 3D designers, musicians and performers.
Please note: I am not currently taking on new clients for freelance writing
or video projects.
I have won more than 30 individual and team awards for my writing and
creative projects, including for playwrighting, fiction, creative non-fiction, non-fiction, magazine and newspaper articles, social commentary and academic writing.
I am currently completing a new autobiographical book, in which I
confess to having a body as well as a mind. More information to come shortly.
The Study Abroad Handbook:
I am the co-author of The Study Abroad Handbook – a guide for students
wanting to study in other countries – published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007.
You should be able to find it at most English-speaking online bookshops.
Pro Bono Work:
I regularly do pro bono work, either for causes I believe in, projects I’m
passionate about, or people I like who give me puppy dog eyes and catch me in a
moment of weakness. But I have to say “no” much more than I can say “yes”. Feel
free to contact me, but don’t be offended if I have to say no.
Anything else, feel free to drop me a line at anna at annalidstone.com