APRIL – JUNE EVENTS, 2020
With the Corona Virus, all events have been cancelled to reduce the spread of the virus while we wait for a vaccine to be developed.
2020 has been a terrible year so far with the fires and floods destroying so much, Middle East wars, refugees, climate change and now the pandemic with its devastating effects on lives and livelihoods.
But humanity has the power to meet challenges when we work together. Let’s support campaigns to help deter spreading corona, help others, support charities like Meals on Wheels and let’s not forgot the fire ravaged regions and the enormous loss of our wildlife. Help where we can. I’m collecting and donating books to impacted schools and responding to calls for help- and JUMPING RIGHT IN:-
MARCH EVENTS, 2020
8th March Supporting the United National International Women’s Day
FEMINIST SUSANNE GERVAY
Published on March 2, 2020 | in F- Magazines Profiles
Susanne Gervay advocates that feminism is never about men against women. It is about gender equity and opportunity. As an author, educational consultant and activist, Susanne Gervay has lived the second rise of feminism and now the #MeToo campaign.
Her books which address all ages from pre-school to young adults, empower young people to engage in feminism and human rights. You’ll find Susanne at the Istanbul Literary Festival speaking to thousands of young adults about women’s rights when Turkey is facing terrorism and threats to democracy. You’ll find her in remote indigenous communities empowering women elders and children through her stories. Her powerful speech at the World Burn Conference in New York on her novel Butterflies addressed feminism and disability. In a juvenile detention centre, Susanne shared her books inspiring teenage girls who deserve a future.
She was awarded the Social Justice Literature Award for her body of works by the International Literacy Association. She has also been awarded an Order of Australia for youth literature, is a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Award 2020 and a writer ambassador for Room to Read with its affirmative action for girls in developing countries. When the Museum of Australia asked Susanne to write a story for young people from 7 to 10 on the second rise of feminism, she wrote Daisy Sunshine. Her young adult novel Shadows of Olive Trees lays bare feminism. This makes Gervay the first writer to reinterpret the lived experience of young women in the seventies for an audience of young readers today. Susanne is a national and international speaker, ambassador for literacy and social justice organisations.
8th March Launching the delightful picture book written by wonderful SCBWI ACT committee member Catherine Meatheringham (pictured below) and illustrated by Max Hamilton . Please join me at 10 am at Leichhardt’s Berkelouw Books.
EDWARD THE EMU is the new amazing theatre production in development for MonkeyBaa. Expect something as brilliant as Possum Magic and Diary of a Wombat.
First reading at Taronga Zoo.
18th March – Room to Read – bringing education to the children of the developing world
As a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read with author extraordinaire Deborah Abela in our animal hats, we are excited to meet what all the writer ambassadors work so hard for – Kalpana Aggarwal,a girl from India who has graduated from Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program at 6:00pm at Berkelouw Paddington. Other ambassadors here are award winning author Tristan Banks and illustrator Sarah Davis.
Kalpana is invited to speak at the Room to Read 2020 Sydney Gala on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
The NDA 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. The theme for 2020 is Take Action Together. The day brings together more than 60% of schools nationwide, involving more than two million students in finding workable solutions to address bullying and violence.
Reading ‘I Am Jack’ at Bondi Beach Public School, Bondi Beach where ‘I Am Jack’ is painted as afresco on the playground wall.
22nd MARCH -Launch of Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot
I’m part of the launch team and everyone is invited to join in the festivities. There’s authors Amelia McInerney, Amanda Leiber, Nat Amoore – and then me! Oh, who’s missing – the multi talented author Victoria MacInley.
Come along for fun and books!
FEBRUARY EVENTS, 2020
Celebrating the creative life of children’s and young adult authors & illustrators with:-
A viewing of the delightful Australian movie ‘H is for Happiness’ based on ‘A if for Alphabet’ by fellow author and friend Barry Jonsberg . The producer and script writer Lisa Hoppe did a brilliant job and has been invited to show the movie at the Berlin Film Festival.
Started the year with a fabulous event, where I interviewed Senior Editor at Scholastic Rebecca McRitchie – followed by acclaimed author Sue Murray’s insight into School Magazine, before the many authors & illustrators announced books their books being published this year.
JANUARY EVENTS, 2020
Going out to the fire ravaged areas of NSW, is a privilege. As the Ambassador for Lithgow, I gave 3 addresses across the region, welcoming new citizens from Kenya, Malaysia, Germany, Philippines, thanked our amazing firefighters, Australian Defense Forces, NSW Fire Brigades, Emergency Services and so any organisations from the Country Women’s Association, WIRES wildlife rescue, Rotary to the Scouts.
I spent three days in the area where fires were still raging in the Gospers Mountains, where 80% of the Blues were destroyed or damaged and so many of the 1.25 billion animals killed. The firefighters saved 500 houses, although 50 were lost. It was a moving, empowering tour where I listened to the heartbreaking and courageous stories of the local people. What an inspiring community.
DECEMBER EVENTS 2019
December is the month of my not-for-profit charities where I celebrate, speak, organise, promote causes close to my heart:-
Society of Children’s Book Illustrators SCBWI – I am the Regional Advisor and head Australia East & New Zealand – we celebrated the many new books being published by our authors & illustrators in Sydney. There were parties across our region – ACT, NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
Room to Read– as a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read I am proud to advocate for the education of the children of the developing world in Asia and Africa, with affirmative action for girls’ education. Caught up with other writer ambassadors including Sarah Davis Deborah Abela, Oliver Phommavanh
Books In Homes – Our last committee meeting for the year was 4th December where we selected books for indigenous and disadvantaged children working with schools and have distrubted mofr than 2 million books. Love catching up with my fellow committee members including Petr Large the CEO and wonderful educators such as Claire Stuckey, Emma Wenham representing indigenous focus, Jackie Hawkes the Children’s Book Council NSW editor and authors Julie Ditrich Deborah Abela Dub Leffler Jules Faber. Here I am reaching out to indigenous kids for Books in Homes. Here’s the committee below.
My workshop at the literary lunch at the State Library of NSW, was exciting with new women writers who wanted to dig deeper into their craft. Love mentoring when I have the time. The Society holds a literary lunch and workshop the 1st Wednesday of each month in the beautiful Dixson Room. I was privileged to be the Society’s president and on the committee.
NOVEMBER EVENTS 2019
2nd November – Launch Libby Sommer’s ‘Stories of Bondi’ at Blue Mountains Heritage Retreat
10th November – Speaker at Queensland Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators State Conference – Story craft: Success and the Creative Soul
14-16th November – Publishing Panel and Workshop at the Sunshine Coast Writers Retreat
17th November – Workshop on ‘So, You Think Dialogue is Easy?’ In Brisbane at Queensland Writers Centre
OCTOBER – JULY EVENTS 2019
Events everywhere for The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses !!!
From Lunch with the Stars with Children’s Book Council; launch at Waverley Library; filming with Good Vision for Life; audio reading with Vision Australia; ABC and other interviews … everyone was on board with The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses to bring vision awareness of the importance of testing for kids. Thankyou to EK Books for making this such a significant book in Australia and distributing to UK, USA, Canada and NZ.