Ford Street Publishing and Australia Day Ambassador

Ford Street Publishing and Australia Day Ambassador

Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay illustrated by Anna Pignataro, published Ford St PublishersFord Street publishing is a dynamic high quality children’s book publisher.

The publisher Paul Collins is also an award winning fantasy author.

I’ve never written a picture book before, as I usually write, children’s and young adult novels, as well as adult stories for anthologies. It was a new genre and I needed a publisher who was prepared to risk. Ford St did.

‘Ships in the Field’ is autobiographical as my parents escaped Hungary to be accepted as refugees in Australia.  They didn’t speak English, lost their home and carried the experiences of war and Stalinism with them. However Australia offered them hope and the chance to rebuild their lives and look to a future.

They were deeply Australian and would be so proud to know that I am an Australia Day Ambassador.

I’ll be giving the Australia Day address for Port Stephens this year and sharing ‘Ships in the Field.

Last year I was flown by charter plane to the Shire of Wakool into regional NSW on the border of Victoria.  

I LOVE being part of Australia Day.

Susanne Gervay Porud to be an Australia Day Ambassador, 'Ships in The Field' a picture book for Australia Day‘Ships in the Field’ will be coming out for Australia Day – it’s not only my story but the illustrator Anna Pignataro’s story and the universal story of finding home.

Thankyou Paul for publishing ‘Ships in the Field.

Ford St Publishing supports National Year of Reading.

I am an Ambassador for The National Year of Reading.

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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