Susanne Gervay’s award winning stories have been recognized by the University of Canberra, Society of Women Writers, Southerly, Mattoid, Quadrant, Westerly, Voices (Australian National Library), Hermes and numerous literary university publications and included in the acclaimed Indian-Australian anthologies – Fear Factor: Terror Incognito; Alien Shores; Only Connect.
Who are these editors?
Indian-Australian Anthologies – Meenakshi Bharat & Sharon Rundle
In a visionary new venture of literary collaboration, two writers, one a professor from the University of Delhi and one, an academic from the University of Technology Sydney, collaborated as editors in an anthology opening communication, creative and intellectual dialogue between India and Australia. Since then it has become a bi-annual anthology exciting reviews, discussions, academic and social debate on the issues of our time – terrorism, refugees, technology.
Meenakshi Bharat, University of Delhi, is a writer, translator, reviewer and critic. Some of her published books are: The Ultimate Colony: The Child in Postcolonial Fiction; Rushdie the Novelist; and three volumes of Indo-Australian short fiction entitled Fear Factor: Terror Incognito and Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers;Only Connect.
Sharon Rundle is Chair of the University of Technology Sydney Writers’ Alumni; has served on the Board of Directors of the NSW Writers’ Centre; and is a founding member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators. She coedited Alien Shores, Fear Factor, Only Connect and Glass Walls.
- 2010 – ‘Fear factor Terror Incognito’
- 2012 – ‘Alien Shores’
- 2015 – ‘Only Connect’
- 2019 – ‘Glass Walls’
Susanne Gervay was inspired by these two remarkable women and their literary vision. She travelled with them on their journey, as a short story writer, colleague, University of Technology Sydney Alumni, speaker in both India and Australia.
As part of these anthologies, Susanne Gervay was invited to speak at Delhi University. She also with Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle spoke about Fear Factor: Terror Incognito in GOA at the Australian Indian Australian Studies – an extraordinary conference of friendship and intellectual debate with academics and writers from all over India and Australia.
David Malouf, Booker Prize winner, acclaimed poet and novelist Rosie Scott, journalist, writer and ABC radio presenter Sunil Badami, acclaimed indigenous author Anita Heiss are among the contributors.
Literary Short Stories
Interview of Susanne Gervay by Editor: B&L: Can you tell us a little about how you got started as a writer?
I’ve always written. However becoming a published writer was a different journey. When my beloved father died, I began writing stories for him. I wanted them published so that his legacy would continue beyond the grave. I spent hours in my local library reading the literary journals to see where I could send these stories. I joined the NSW Writers Centre and Fellowship of Australian Writers, formed my own writing critique group. Becoming a published writer started. My stories eventually were published in literary journals such as Southerly, Westerly, Quadrant, Mattoid and others. I won my first prize from the Society of Women Writers for ‘The Baby is Sweet’ which was published in the Sydney University journal ‘Southerly’ and other short story awards.