Packing my bags with ‘I AM JACK’ 4 Istanbul ITEF Literature Festival

Packing my bags with ‘I AM JACK’ 4 Istanbul ITEF Literature Festival

Nanna's tetth in 'I Am Jack' books by Susanne Gervaynanna without tetth from 'I Am Jack' books by Susanne GervayI Am Jack’ is crossing the world to land in Istanbul – he’s packing his backpack, jokes, soccerball, family photos especially his favourite one of Nanna holding up the sun and her ‘teeth’ – she’s sending a spare set of teeth so I can show the kids  at the ITEF-Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival. The festival is named after the famous modernist Turkish poet, novelist, essayist, and critic Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar,

The ‘I Am Jack’ books have been translated into Turkish by Marti Publishing. I can’t wait to meet my translator Sima Özkan Yıldırım who is also a picture book author and editor; have a Turkish bath; eat Turkish delight. wander in the amazing Topkapi Palace …. beautiful Turkey for peace and sharing books.

IstanbulI AM JACK with fan

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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