Elephants Have Wings – peace book for our time

Elephants Have Wings – peace book for our time

With the world so traumatised by terrorism , the world is responding with movements for peace.

Elephants Have Wings is a unique illustrated text engaging young people and adults with a search for peace.

The Blake Prize logoEndorsed by The Blake Prize for Art and Poetry

 The Blake Prize is named after the legendary British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827). Established by Jesuit priest, Michael Scott and a Jewish artist, Richard Morley to create significant works of spiritual art in 1951 in the search for understanding and peace. The Blake Poetry Prize was added in 2008.


Labyrinth at centennial parklandsThe Labyrinth – a walking meditation – opened by Governor Marie Bashir to the blessings of the Wisdom Keepers from Aunty Ali Golding Aboriginal Elder Biripi Nation and many leaders of many faiths – Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unity Church, Jewish, Zen, Anglican …. and others.

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival joins Stephanie Dowrick author and minister for an Interfaith service in Sydney’ s Uniting Church:-

‘If light is in your heart you will find your way home’. Rumi

The music played and sung by Dr Kim Cunio touched the heart.



Elephants Have Wings published by Ford Street Publishing.

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‘Elephants Have Wings’ is the beautiful story of two children embarking on the great journey of discovery, nestled in the wings of a mystical white elephant. They fly across the world, seeing its beauty, then conflict, to discover, there is a pathway to the humanity in all of us.

Why is it called Elephants Have Wings?

In Hindu mythology during the monsoons that refresh the earth with life-giving rains, the clouds bringing rains are regarded as the WINGS OF ELEPHANTS.

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The Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant

‘Elephants Have Wings’ is a re-visioning of the parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant for everyone.

There are many versions of the story of the blind men and the elephant. tale, where a group of blind men (or men in the dark) touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one feels a different part. They argue over what they feel, until they realise they are touching the one elephant.

It opens discussion about what is truth.

This parable is told in Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, Jainism and many Asian- Indian religions and studied in philosophy universally.

Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay illustrated by Anna Pignatarohant parts


What does the Elephant symbolise?

Elephants  are both revered in religion and respected for their prowess in war. Ever since the stone age, there have been images of elephants in art and mythology surrounding them

Elephants for many cultures represent courage, hope, endurance, wisdom.

Buddha was re-incarnated into a white elephant and at his birth, a white elephant appeared in the sky.

Garuda the mythological bird created from the cosmic egg hatched the eight elephants supporting the universe.

Ganesh, venerated Hindu Elephant God, is Lord of Obstacles and Beginnings.

In Islamic tradition, the year 570 is when the Prophet Muhammad was born and is known as the Year of the Elephant.

In Christianity the elephant has become symbolic of Biblical stories. The elephant, if ridden by Peter, symbolizes the church going forth to conquer the world. http://www.christiansymbols.net/animals_7.php

Elephants are represented in art, faiths, wildlife across the world.

Protect Elephantselephants

Elephants are Asian or African and very intelligent and show grief, joy, anger and play.  They form deep family bonds and live in a herd led by the oldest and often largest female elephants. Extremely intelligent, they have memories that span many years. Roaming in herds and consuming hundreds of pounds of plant matter in a single day, elephants need a lot off food, water and space.  However  their habitats are being lost and hunters are poaching them for their ivory tusks.

They are loved but their survival has been threatened.

There are groups like WWF; Australia Zoo ; Taronga Zoo working to protect elephants.

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I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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