Sayoni Basu Scholastic India & Susanne Gervay: ‘Writing for Children’ at British Council Library Delhi Jan 27, 2010

Sayoni Basu Scholastic India & Susanne Gervay: ‘Writing for Children’ at British Council Library Delhi Jan 27, 2010

SCBWI, SCBWI India,SCBWI Australia at The Hughenden, SCBWI India

Invites you toI Am Jack by Susane Gervay,illustrated by Cathy Wilcox,published Tricycle,Random House USA

 Writing for Children

Jan 27, 2010, 6-7.30 pm

British Council Library, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 01

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Jyoti Singh Visvanath, Regional Advisor, SCBWI India


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 Susanne Gervay, visiting Australian author and Co-Regional Advisor of the Australian chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), talks about her journey as a writer of children’s books. She is joined by Sayoni Basu of Scholastic India, who shares her views on the state of children’s publishing in India and the importance of a professional organisation for writers and illustrators. India now has its own chapter of SCBWI and this is its first event.

Susanne Gervay is an award winning Australian author whose children’s and young adult novels have been recognised for their relevance to social justice. They include the recently released US edition of I am Jack, a rite-of-passage book on school bullying; Butterflies, a book that deals with disability and That’s Why I Wrote This Song, a collaborative work with her song writer-singer daughter Tory.

 Susanne has spoken at numerous conferences and festivals including the Beijing Literature Festival, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Bali, World Burn Congress New York, SCBWI Conference at the Bologna Book Fair. She is on the board of the NSW Writers Centre and is Director of the Kids and Young Adult Literature Festival Sydney. She is also Chair of The Sydney Children’s Writers & Illustrators Network at The Hughenden and Co-Regional Advisor of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia & New Zealand.,Susanne Gervay, Melina Marchetta,Markus Zusak, ambassadors for Room to Read,I Am Jack endorses by Room to Read

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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