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Susanne Gervay is the daughter of post war Hungarian refugees, with two children and is creative director of The Hughenden a literary and arts hotel in Sydney’s heritage area. She and her family have worked hard to restore this gracious 1870′s residence, associated with Australia’s first philosopher Barzillai Quaife, as a testament to those who migrated to other countries to find home.
Susanne is passionate about writing and the power of words to create a better world. She is an award winning writer. Her stories are published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her story in ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito’ with Sir Salman Rushdie, David Malouf, Thomas Keneally published by Picador India and Australia opens discourse on terrorism as a way towards peace.
Her nationally and internationally recognised children’s and young adult novels include her warm funny and much loved JACK books.
I Am Jack is a rite-of-passage book on school bullying; Super Jack on blending families; and Always Jack is the first time the Cancer Council has given its yellow daffodil to a children’s book. It makes it OK to talk about finding a new home, refugees, breast cancer, aging grandparents, blending familes – it makes the world safe for kids and families.
Butterflies is acclaimed as Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability; The Cave, exposing youth male culture awarded the Society of Women Writers Biennial Book Award; ‘That’s Why I Wrote This Song’ is significant as the voice of youth and music.
Susanne’s books are endorsed by organizations including Room to Read, bringing literacy to the children of developing countries, the Children’s Hospital (Westmead) Sydney, Life Education Australia, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
Her young adult novel, ‘That’s Why I Wrote This Song” is set against the background of youth music is a unique combination of text and music where lyrics, songs, film are integrated into story. That’s Why I Wrote This Song is a collaboration with her song writer-singer daughter Tory, who wrote the music that drives the book.
I Am Jack has been adapted into a play by the award winning MONKEYBAA Theatre and is being performed in major theatres in Australia and internationally – www.monkeybaa.com.au
Susanne is on the board of the NSW Writers Centre holding the youth portfolio, Chair of The Sydney Children’s Writers & Illustrators Network at The Hughenden, Australia Day Ambassador, co-head of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia & 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 Sydney and is an Australia Day Ambassador.