Sue Liu

Andrew Daddo

With warmth and bare honesty, Sue Liu delivers an inspiring talk about the power of connection and community, sharing tales of natural disasters, hilarious happenings and personal tragedies from her life, as detailed in her memoir, Accidental Aid Worker.

Sue captivates and engages audiences of all ages in her dynamic, thought-provoking talk, prompting people to consider their choices at life’s crossroads, what their moral responsibility is to help others, and how to get involved with causes and communities.

Accidental Aid Worker is Sue’s first book, which she launched in 2015. Her story starts as a young, 23 year old who, after suffering a devastating loss in her life, goes backpacking around the world. She falls into aid work, after impulsively deciding to volunteer and galvanize her community to help refugees in war-torn Sri Lanka after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. This was the start of an over 12-year obsession with helping people and supporting children in Cambodia, refugees and vulnerable people in Australia, as a volunteer.

It’s a truly remarkable life journey and one that has inspired many. The third reprint of the book carries accolades from Tom Keneally and The Honourable Professor Dame Marie Bashir, who launched the edition, speaking with admiration of Sue’s courage, bravery and humanity.

Sue also presents groundbreaking workshops that deliver insights into the realities and expectations of authors when considering traditional and self-publishing. She has been recognised for her achievements by State Library of NSW and Inner West Libraries who requested the development of this unique and effective program.

Sue lives in Annandale in Sydney with her enormous brown Burmese cat, Moet.  She’s ‘Chiefette’ of her own business and marketing consultancy, Zulu Communications, a writer, author, presenter and self-publishing mentor. For fun: she loves to travel, explore, scuba dive, experience life and celebrate all things creative. Sue is an artistic little soul and a fanatic feline lover, who finds solace in the garden.

Further information can be viewed on Sue’s website here.


Sue Liu generously brought her life experiences to the people of the Bega Valley Shire and shared them with audiences in Bermagui and Merimbula. Sharing personal experiences, especially those around personal or community crises can be difficult but Sue shares with humour and love knowing that her experiences help others with the twists and turns of their own lives. Sue’s talk adds an extra dimension to her book and is professionally delivered with some amazing photographs of her journeys. Highly recommended! – Scott Baker, Programs and Partnerships Officer, Bega Valley Shire Library.

‘What can I say about Sue Liu – what a dynamo! She is an inspiration to everyone she meets. Sue came into Ulladulla Library on Friday 14th October 2016 like a breath of fresh air. Her talk was thoroughly captivating and inspiring. Everyone that attended the session left with a new commitment to helping others. I highly recommend Sue as both an author and motivator. If you have the opportunity, add Sue to your speaker list. – Vikki Hoskins, Librarian at Shoalhaven Libraries Ulladulla.

Sue’s talk was exceptionally interesting, sharing with the audience her initial background in marketing, snippets of her travels to over fifty countries, and her desire to assist her friends in Sri Lanka after the Boxing Day tsunami, which acted as a catalyst for Sue to write a book titled ‘Accidental Aid Worker’. She discussed the therapeutic value of this new direction in her life and captivated all in the audience with anecdotes of her subsequent adventures. I would highly recommend anyone interested in aid work, travel or in fact self-publishing to attend one of her talks. – GJ Maher.

Sue Liu spoke at Mosman Library in October, 2016, about her book, “Accidental Aid Worker”. She was a most personable and relaxed speaker, who engaged her audience immediately with her warm, friendly manner. I think Sue would be an excellent speaker for any group, whether it be school children, a community group, or a writers’ festival. – Jane Roughley, Librarian, Mosman Library