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15 hours ago

Susanne Gervay

Could my next story include saving a TIGER? Well I ate that one - delicious - and wrote a story about saving a cat instead! For @kookiemagazine - best tween magazine for cool girls who do save cats and tigers! Ha! #authorlife #tiger #cats #kidsbooks #cakes ... See MoreSee Less

Could my next story include saving a TIGER? Well I ate that one - delicious - and wrote a story about saving a cat instead! For @kookiemagazine - best tween magazine for cool girls who do save cats and tigers! Ha!  #authorlife #tiger #cats #kidsbooks #cakes

 

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Oooooh delicious!

Yes please write about it. Looking forward to reading it.

Hi Susanne, love the cake! Just wondering whether KOOKIE MAGAZINE pays adult freelancers?

2 days ago

Susanne Gervay

Creatives change the world. Here’s true garbage - oops dressing up as garbage to spread the word of recycling and SAVE OUR PLANET! Check out her bag -recycled Birthday Cards! You never get too old to make a difference for good. It's part of the Australian curriculum too.

Clean Up Australia SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand Save The Oceans NSW Department of Education
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Creatives change the world. Here’s true garbage - oops dressing up as garbage to spread the word of recycling and SAVE OUR PLANET! Check out her bag -recycled Birthday Cards! You never get too old to make a difference for good.  Its part of the Australian curriculum too.

Clean Up Australia  SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand  Save The Oceans  NSW Department of Education

4 days ago

Susanne Gervay

The amazing Kari young indigenous dancers and singers raised the roof as part of the celebrations for Oz Day. It's fun meeting other Australia Day Ambassadors at the. Caught up with Ambassador author Catherine DeVrye-Best-selling Author & Speaker and sports commentator for ABC and Channel 10, Ambassador Gordon Bray. Also got to hang out with Wendy Rapee MD for Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA). Huge news is that Australia Post is a sponsor and the stamps this year are Children's Writers/illustrators!!!!!!

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4 days ago

Susanne Gervay

What is happening? Wendy Rapee The Brilliant MD of Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) hanging out with me to celebrate our nation - just heard the most powerful Welcome to Country by Yvonne Weldon, Chair of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Exciting news is that Australia Post 's Australia Day stamps are Australian Kids' authors and Illustrators. Got to rock and roll with Jon Stevens lead singer for INXS. Hear the incredible Australians of the Year and the great ABC commentator and MC Adam Spencer ... of course love the musical director John Foreman who also directs the Schools Spectacular .... so much to celebrate. Hope everyone is making plans to enjoy Australia Day. I'll be giving the address at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre welcoming new citizens and celebrating those who give to our communities. If you are out that way, come along. Starts at 10 am.

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What is happening? Wendy Rapee The Brilliant MD of Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) hanging out with me to celebrate our nation - just heard the most powerful Welcome to Country by Yvonne Weldon, Chair of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Exciting news is that Australia Post s Australia Day stamps are Australian Kids authors and Illustrators. Got to rock and roll with Jon Stevens lead singer for INXS. Hear the incredible Australians of the Year and the great ABC commentator and MC Adam Spencer ... of course love the musical director John Foreman who also directs the Schools Spectacular .... so much to celebrate. Hope everyone is making plans to enjoy Australia Day. Ill be giving the address at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre  welcoming new citizens and celebrating those who give to our communities. If you are out that way, come along. Starts at 10 am.

Australia Day  AustraliaDay26J  SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand  International Convention Centre Sydney - ICC Sydney  Liverpool City Council Australia  Tamara Rodgers

 

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So honoured to be with my good friend, mentor and genuinely great person Susanne, happy we could share a meal and stories.

Wish I could come Susanne, but I’ll be spending Australia Day moving this year!

1 week ago

Susanne Gervay

It's time to celebrate the beautiful, vivacious, amazing Cook Princess Penelope -Penny Cook - actor, warrior for theatre, who has been on our screens and theatres for decades. Her smile captured you,even when 'Fatso' the wombat from iconic tv series "Country Practice' bit her - sorry Jackie French - wombats may be cute and cuddly, but they bite.

The loss is huge to the arts, friends and her beloved husband and daughter as she died on Christmas day at only 61.

Her last wishes were to laugh and 'suck the marrow from each day' - and she asked that donations be made to her beloved Monkey Baa rather than flowers - as young people need ideas and theatre to be all they can be.

As a patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, the privilege of knowing Penny who was the chair of the board and so much more, has been deeply special.

You can donate and remember the incredible Penny Cook! Please share.

www.monkeybaa.com.au/support-us/

Tim McGarry, Eva Di Cesare Sandie Eldridge Ensemble Theatre Jeremy Miller, Merran Regan Morris Gleitzman NIDA
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Its time to celebrate the beautiful, vivacious, amazing Cook Princess Penelope  -Penny Cook - actor, warrior for theatre, who has been on our screens and theatres for decades. Her smile captured you,even when Fatso the wombat from iconic tv series Country Practice bit her -  sorry Jackie French - wombats may be cute and cuddly, but they bite.

The loss is huge to the arts, friends and her beloved husband and daughter as she died on Christmas day at only 61.

Her last wishes were to laugh and suck the marrow from each day - and she asked that donations be made to her beloved Monkey Baa rather than flowers -  as young people need ideas and theatre to be all they can be.

As a patron of Monkey Baa Theatre,  the privilege of knowing Penny who was the chair of the board and so much more, has been deeply special.

You can donate and remember the incredible Penny Cook! Please share.

https://www.monkeybaa.com.au/support-us/

Tim McGarry, Eva Di Cesare Sandie Eldridge  Ensemble Theatre  Jeremy Miller,  Merran Regan  Morris Gleitzman  NIDA

 

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Just beautiful Susanne - what an amazing send off to an amazing lady - taken too soon xxx

SCBWI Australia and New Zealand will donate to honour her contribution to youth theatre and the community of children's writers & illustrators.

Ian McTighe

Monkey Baa

1 week ago

Susanne Gervay

Flowers mean love - my writing community brightens my day , my heart and home. Thankyou Yvette Poshoglian Author and Jacqui Barton for the sunshine that arrived at my door. 💕 you both.

Also so excited about the new writing adventures ahead with you. Everyone needs to watch this space and see what's ahead on the waters of the Central Coast from Sydney. Hint - Angophora House Education Hub

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Flowers mean love - my writing community brightens my day , my heart and home. Thankyou Yvette Poshoglian Author and Jacqui Barton  for the sunshine that arrived at my door. 💕 you both.

Also so excited about the new writing adventures ahead with you. Everyone needs to watch this space and see whats ahead on the waters of the Central Coast from Sydney. Hint - Angophora House Education Hub

Tania McCartney, Deborah Abela Author  Sue Whiting

2 weeks ago

Susanne Gervay

Look who dropped in from Albany WA-multi award winning author Dianne Wolfer- lovely to give her a hug before she flies home.

So much talent comes from West Australia - Frané Lessac - Books and Art, Meg McKinlay, AJ Betts - author, Aśka Superska, James Foley, Cristy Burne ... and so many more.

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Look who dropped in from Albany WA-multi award winning author Dianne Wolfer- lovely to give her a hug before she flies home.

So much talent comes from West Australia - Frané Lessac - Books and Art, Meg McKinlay, AJ Betts - author, Aśka Superska, James Foley, Cristy Burne ... and so many more.

SCBWI Australia West Members Group

 

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So good to meet and know you are on the mend 💐💞

If I lived near you, I certainly would visit.

2 weeks ago

Susanne Gervay

Writing is a bond that stretches the globe. Who knocked on my door but Dolf De Vries - the George Clooney of Holland who has played the esteemed doctor in a Dutch TV series forever. He’s a travel writer too and couldn't go past without a catch up. Who knows when I will see him again? ... See MoreSee Less

Writing is a bond that stretches the globe. Who knocked on my door but Dolf De Vries - the George Clooney of Holland who has played the esteemed doctor in a Dutch TV series forever. He’s a travel writer too and couldnt go past without a catch up. Who knows when I will see him again?

3 weeks ago

Susanne Gervay

Here I am, hanging out with a few astronauts like Tom Hanks - but seriously, we're entering a new year and it's been 50 years since the mission to the moon on the NASA expedition.

Earthrise — 'We are all linked in a joined human enterprise; we are bound to a planet we all must share. We are all, together, stewards of this fragile treasure.' Astronaut Bill Anders, Apollo 8.

On Dec. 24, 1968, Bill Anders, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, orbited the moon as lunar module pilot on Apollo 8, humanity's first voyage to another world. He took the iconic Earthrise photo on Christmas.

'The immensity of our galaxy boggled our minds and dazzled our eyes." We are and will always be stewards of our fragile treasure - our earth.

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Here I am, hanging out with a few astronauts like Tom Hanks -   but seriously, were entering a new year and its been 50 years since the mission to the moon on the NASA expedition.

Earthrise — We are all linked in a joined human enterprise; we are bound to a planet we all must share. We are all, together, stewards of this fragile treasure. Astronaut Bill Anders, Apollo 8.

On Dec. 24, 1968, Bill Anders,  Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, orbited the moon as lunar module pilot on Apollo 8, humanitys first voyage to another world. He took the iconic Earthrise photo on Christmas. 

 The immensity of our galaxy boggled our minds and dazzled our eyes. We are and will always be stewards of our fragile treasure - our earth.

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Patty DeanImage attachment

 

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Cmon Susanne, who did you pinch on the bum ? Bacon or Hanks ?

I remember the day well The Excitement of ii all. I naively thought I people and leaders of the world see what a beautiful and fragile environment we live in they would take better care of it and will know no more war .......

4 weeks ago

Susanne Gervay

We know Xmas is coming when kids fall asleep 💤 in preparation for the big fat red man! You’ve got to love kids. There ‘ll be a book in her stocking of course and peace to all. ... See MoreSee Less

We know Xmas is coming when kids fall asleep 💤 in preparation for the big fat red man! You’ve got to love kids. There ‘ll be a book in her stocking of course and peace to all.

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

KOOKIE MAGAZINE is the best tween girls’ magazine empowering girls - saving the planet, hanging out with their BFFs, ‘Where Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ - I’m on team KOOKIE as 10 year old writer in this edition with a short story - ‘Saving Velvet’ - it’s a must-read magazine.

My gorgeous niece couldn't stop reading it - and even sharing it with her brothers. A tween girl magazine- not sprouting make-up and body image - but friendship, creativity and saving their world. I LOVE it.

PS That's a photo of me at 10 years old Daceyville Public School.

Nicky Shortridge Deborah Abela Author One More Page Podcast
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KOOKIE MAGAZINE is the best tween girls’ magazine empowering girls - saving the planet, hanging out with their BFFs, ‘Where Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ - I’m on team KOOKIE as 10 year old writer in this edition with a short story - ‘Saving Velvet’ - it’s a must-read magazine. 

My gorgeous niece couldnt stop reading it - and even sharing it with her brothers. A tween girl magazine- not sprouting make-up and body image - but friendship, creativity and saving their world. I LOVE it.

PS Thats a photo of me at 10 years old Daceyville Public School.

Nicky Shortridge  Deborah Abela Author  One More Page Podcast

 

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PS I didn't really want to be an accountant, although I loved numbers and books. I lived inside the stories. They were countless, maybe that's why I was misguided. 😂

Love your picture!

Gosh, it's unmistably you in that image, Susanne! Lovely.

It's a gripping story Susanne Gervay. A perfect holiday read 😊

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

Look who dropped by bearing gifts and hugs- brilliant author Deborah Abela Author and all the way from Hong Kong, Jennie Orchard , roomtoread.org‘s champion - even a crazy hailstorm couldn’t stop us talking books and kids!

So proud that both Deb and I are Writer Ambassadors for Room to Read, a charity that has brought education to more than 12 million children in the developing world together with affirmative action for girls' education.

Some of our other extraordinary writers & illustrators who are ambassadors include - Tristan Bancks, Belinda Murrell, Oliver Phommavanh, Sarah Davis Jacqueline Harvey, Melina Marchetta, Sally Rippin, Frané Lessac, Dianne Wolfer .... We're all committed to literacy for kids.

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Look who dropped by bearing gifts and hugs- brilliant author Deborah Abela Author and all the way from Hong Kong, Jennie Orchard  , roomtoread.org‘s champion - even a crazy hailstorm couldn’t stop us talking books and kids! 

So proud that both Deb and I are Writer Ambassadors for Room to Read, a charity that has brought education to more than 12 million children in the developing world together with affirmative action for girls education.

Some of our other extraordinary writers & illustrators who are ambassadors include - Tristan Bancks, Belinda Murrell, Oliver Phommavanh, Sarah Davis  Jacqueline Harvey, Melina Marchetta, Sally Rippin, Frané Lessac, Dianne Wolfer .... Were all committed to literacy for kids.

Margaret Wilcox  Mihiri Udabage, Jodie McMullen

 

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Lovely!!

Ohh in the hood;)

Great pic! Three fine humans. :)

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

As big as golf balls, hail , hail, hail for a Sydney summer! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Whose the wise guy that ordered a white Christmas? Hope you’re recovering well lovely lady x

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May I show this to my second graders? We’ve been talking about Christmas in Australia and that it’s summer there.

Macdara Woods

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

'The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?' David Attenborough

After my journey to India I was inspired by how elephants are at the heart of many faiths and the journey towards peace. So I wrote 'Elephants Have Wings' Beaglier Books illustrated by the extraordinary Anna Pignataro.

New elephant picture books are now being published which is wonderful - Georgie Donaghey's 'The Shadow of an Elephant' and Peter Carnavas Author/Illustrator's 'Elephant'.

Let's save them so elephants are in more than picture books. WWF WWF Australia David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdWhQedZbrUOn a mystical white elephant children discover their own creativity and pathways to peace.
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A wonderful book, Susanne Gervay :-) Highly recommend it for both adults & children! 🙏💕

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

Look at this glorious bouquet that just arrived for me - but disaster - no card with it! Love you to connect and admit to sending this sweetly scented kiss of summer.

Love you too, whoever it is!!!!!!!!!
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Look at this glorious bouquet that just arrived for me - but disaster - no card with it! Love you to connect and admit to sending this sweetly scented kiss of summer.

Love you too, whoever it is!!!!!!!!!

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

The glamorous scbwi committee at the final Sydney event of the year. It’s so cool being on cleaning duties after book launches & a talk by the brilliant girls of One More Page Podcast. THANKYOU for your talent, friendship and contribution to kids’ books. Do I love you? YES! Have the best Christmas & New Year, 💕🌹🌟👼😝👄🎅🏽🧚🏻‍♀️🌈

With Society of Children's book writers & illustrators (SCBWI) - Deborah Abela Author Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Sue Whiting, author, Jodie Wells-Slowgrove Margaret Roc at Woollahra Libraries

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The glamorous scbwi committee at the final Sydney event of the year. It’s so cool being on cleaning duties after book launches & a talk by the brilliant girls of  One More Page Podcast. THANKYOU for your talent, friendship and contribution to kids’ books. Do I love you? YES! Have the best Christmas & New Year, 💕🌹🌟👼😝👄🎅🏽🧚🏻‍♀️🌈 

With Society of Childrens book writers & illustrators (SCBWI) -   Deborah Abela Author Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Sue Whiting, author, Jodie Wells-Slowgrove Margaret Roc at Woollahra Libraries

KIWI-SCBWI @Society Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators QLD SCBWI ACT (and surrounds) Private Group

 

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so glamorous!

The feeling is mutual! Rest easy and enjoy your family Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄

1 month ago

Susanne Gervay

Home from hospital - celebrations! But just turned on CNN International - images of the Yemen war - so lucky we have peace and excellence in medical treatment here. Imagine if there was peace for the new year. ... See MoreSee Less

Home from hospital - celebrations! But just turned on CNN International - images of the Yemen war - so lucky we have peace and excellence in medical treatment here. Imagine if there was peace for the new year.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Hope you have a speedy recovery Susanne. Thanks again for organising such a lovely day last Sunday and for being such a brilliant role model to us newcomers to the book world by always showing such support and encouragement to everyone. Max x

Glad you are home darling girl - please let me know what I can do <3

Great to hear, Susanne. Much love.

Speedy recovery xx

Sending you loads of love Susanne xxxx

Take care and heal well. We will all dream and hope together because that is where reality begins xxxxx🌸💐❤️

Rest and recover xx

Much love to you Susanne and Season's Greetings.

Sending good wishes for a quick recovery! Gotta love the medical care in this country 🙏 Stay grateful AND hopeful. X

Sending healing vibes and wishing a speedy recovery xx

Hope it went well and you are on the mend! Lots of love xx

Glad you're home and hoping you're feeling better.

Susanne, so glad you are home from hospital. Rest, rest and rest and have a love filled Christmas

Glad to see my zip-rider buddy on the mend!!

Glad you are home and recuperating. Forgive my cynicism Peace for the New Years is wishful thinking 🤔 hope you’ll be well soon 🙏😘

Very happy to hear you’re home. Speedy recovery x

Hope all went well, Susanne

Glad you are home and hope all is well

Sending lots of healing love xx

Susie Susie Susie what can I say - didn’t even know you were unwell - just take lots of lovely drugs and loll about waiting for Santa - hope he brings lots of books xx

What hospital??? ☹️😷🚑💖

Glad you're home, safe and chirpy, Susanne. Hope you're not in too much pain. 💖 Heal well.

Big hugs and of love 💖

Sending you love. Please let me know if you need anything! Will pop up next week x

Glad you’re home. I hope you are resting. Charlotte and I are back in Westmead after a second unexpected surgery. Fingers crossed we’re home sometime next week. Take care dear friend.

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