Thinking Through Books – Newington Literature Festival

Thinking Through Books – Newington Literature Festival

Sport is ‘everything’ to boys. It’s so great in an all boys school, that literature, books, art, writing are celebrated. This is my 8th Newington Literature Festival in Sydney – I love it.

The world is challenging with the rise of fascism, refugees, war and political turmoil. Literature, creativity is a place to think, work out how you can navigate this world and more. So many of the authors write about that and open discussion and empowering pathways to a positive future. Here are a few of the extraordinary authors-

James Knight

Barry Heard

Kirsty Murray

Will Kostakis

Tristan Banks

Scott Garner

Archie Fusillo

James Phelan

Arnold Zable

… and there is my YA novel ‘The Cave’ where I delved into the lives of teen boys and my son to discover powerful ideas:-

‘War is not brave, but men can be brave in war & in life.’ (The Cave page 141)

'The Cave' by Susanne Gervay




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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