Love being an author, creating stories that can change your world.

I grew up in beautiful Sydney with my older brother Thomas and younger sister Elizabeth. My parents were refugees who escaped from war, communism and terrorism in Hungary. They hoped to be accepted by a democratic county. Australia offered them a new home.

My father was a farmer and my mother the daughter of a Professor of Engineering in  Hungary.

“My father always said, ‘Australia is the best country. We are free to work here. If we work hard we make a good life…’ Quote from ‘Next Stop The Moon’ by Susanne Gervay

My parents didn’t speak English when they arrived and worked in factories rebuilding their lives.

I married an engineer and became a teacher and educational consultant. I have two wonderful kids – Tory who’s 8 in the photo, and is dressed in a Hungarian outfit made by her Grandma. Her older brother is Jamie (also known as JACK) who inspired my I Am Jack books.

Life gets complicated. My father died of cancer, my marriage broke down and I got cancer. But life is about meeting challenges, friendships, being all you can be. So I started writing for my children so they’d laugh and feel safe.  Then I started writing for all kids, parents and everyone.

Being an author takes you around the world from Oprah, Fox News in Las Vegas, Outback Australia, to the loving kids of the Deaf & Blind School.

My books are driven by the rights of children and families, partnering them in good times and bad and writing for inclusion and respect for each other. I was deeply moved when I received the Lifetime Literature Award for my body of works, by the International Literacy Association.

Susanne Gervay Australian Author BullyingI grew up in beautiful Sydney with my older brother Thomas and younger sister Elizabeth. My parents were refugees who escaped from war, communism and terrorism in Hungary. They hoped to be accepted by a democratic county. Australia offered them a new home.

My father was a farmer and my mother the daughter of a Professor of Engineering in  Hungary.

“My father always said, ‘Australia is the best country. We are free to work here. If we work hard we make a good life…’ Quote from ‘Next Stop The Moon’ by Susanne Gervay

My parents didn’t speak English when they arrived and worked in factories rebuilding their lives.

I married an engineer and became a teacher and educational consultant. I have two wonderful kids – Tory who’s 8 in the photo, and is dressed in a Hungarian outfit made by her Grandma. Her older brother is Jamie (also known as JACK) who inspired my I Am Jack books.

Life gets complicated. My father died of cancer, my marriage broke down and I got cancer. But life is about meeting challenges, friendships, being all you can be. So I started writing for my children so they’d laugh and feel safe.  Then I started writing for all kids, parents and everyone.

Being an author takes you around the world from Oprah, Fox News in Las Vegas, Outback Australia, to the loving kids of the Deaf & Blind School.

My books are driven by the rights of children and families, partnering them in good times and bad and writing for inclusion and respect for each other. I was deeply moved when I received the Lifetime Literature Award for my body of works, by the International Literacy Association.

The Literary Life

As regional advisor, who heads the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia East & New Zealand, many of my friends are kids’ authors & illustrators which is so wonderful.

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Ambassador Roles

Patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, premier youth theatre company in Australia; Writer Ambassador for Room to Read, bringing literacy to the children of the developing world; Role Model and on committee for Books in Homes; former Chair of the board of the NSW Writers Centre; Ambassador for the Premiers Reading Challenge NSW; Literacy Ambassador for many programs for reading and anti-bullying; Australia Day Ambassador celebrating inclusion; former President of The Society of Women Writers, oldest literary association in Australia.

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Education

Master of Education (University of NSW); Master of Arts (University of Technology, Sydney); Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney).

Awards & Endorsements of Books

Order of Australia, University of Technology Alumni Excellence Award, Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature, Lifetime Literature Award for my body of works, by the International Literacy Association, Winner of The Society of Women Children’s and Young Adult Biennial Book Awards, Notable Awards from Children’s Book Council Australia, winner of Family Therapy Children’s Book Award, many short listings.

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Books endorsed by – Cancer Council NSW, Life Education Australia, Room to Read, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Varity the children’s charity, The Children’s Hospital Westmead (Sydney), IBBY and others.

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