ABOUT SUSANNE GERVAY

  • Awarded a Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award by the International Literacy Association and an order of Australia, Susanne Gervay is an award winning children’s author who writes for all ages. Her I AM JACK series has been publishde in the US, Australia, Turkey, Brazil and many countries. Adapted into an acclaimed play by MonkeyBaa Theatre it has toured in every state in Australia and has had two US theatres season in 2014 and 2015.  Her YA novels include BUTTERFLIES published in USA, Indonesia, Korea and Australia; THE CAVE; THAT’S WHY I WROTE THIS SONG a collaborative work with her song writer-singer daughter Tory, who wrote the lyrics and music that drives the story. Her picture books include ‘Ships in the Field’, Gracie & Josh’ and ‘Elephants Have Wings’. Susanne’s books are endorsed by organizations including Room to Read, bringing literacy to the children of developing countries (www.roomtoread.org), the Children’s Hospital Sydney, Life Education Australia, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Cancer Council, Variety the children’s charity. 

    Her stories are published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, with her story included in ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito’ with Booker Prize winners Sir Salman Rushdie and Thomas Keneally published by Picador India and Australia.

    As and Australian and international speaker, Susanne has spoken at conferences and festivals across the world from the Beijing Literature Festival, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Bali, World Burn Congress New York to the SCBWI Conference Bologna Book Fair.

    Susanne Gervay is an writer ambassador for Room to Read, an Australia Day Ambassador, a former Chair of the board of the NSW Writers Centre, Director of the Kids and Young Adult Literature Festival Sydney, RA of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia East & New Zealand, has been awarded The Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature and Professional Achievement Award for Literature from University of Technology.www.sgervay.com ; www.sgervay.com/blog, www.thehughenden.com.au

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ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Holding my YA novel  ‘Butterflies’ to her heart, a 16 year old American girl asks me ‘Will I have a life?’

     A boy in a wheelchair without language thumps his chest after I read out ‘Gracie & Josh’. He wants more. 

    My Jack books I wrote after my son was bullied at school so our kids are safer.

    When a teacher wrote to me. ‘The cemetery scene in I AM JACK really resonated with Maisam as both his parents died in Afghanistan. He is comforted by the thought that they are watching over him and that he can talk to them at anytime, just like Jack does.’

    I write because  because kids matter.  


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