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Jumping for joy. My brilliant friend Andrew Kwong was only 12 when he escaped from starvation and persecution in China. In an amazing story of courage he made it to Australia and studied to become a loved doctor. 'One Night Moon' is his story to be published 1st June by HarperCollins Books Australia. I first met Andrew, at the launch of 'Fear Factor' which include his, Sharon Rundle, David Malouf, Meenakshi Bharat and my story. We have been on the journey of his writing of his autobiography and it is HERE at last. So excited.

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And what a beautiful boy he was, such a strong steady gaze. Congratulations Andrew, and HarperCollins. 😊

You have to love kids’ author. We’re out and about celebrating new books in progress. Elizabeth Mary Cummings beautiful new picture book ‘The Very Bad Thing’. Victoria Mackinlay ‘s quirky and wonderful new picture book Ribbit Rabbit Robot Scholastic Australia, Amanda Lieber ‘s new picture book coming next year and my novel ‘Heroes of the Secret Underground’ HarperCollins Children's Books Australia - we celebrated on a tofu &Thai feast and lots of jokes!

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You have to love kids’ author. We’re out and about celebrating new books in progress. Elizabeth Mary Cummings beautiful new picture book ‘The Very Bad Thing’. Victoria Mackinlay ‘s quirky and wonderful new picture book Ribbit Rabbit Robot Scholastic Australia, Amanda Lieber ‘s new picture book coming next year and my novel ‘Heroes of the Secret Underground’ HarperCollins Childrens Books Australia - we celebrated on a tofu &Thai feast and lots of jokes! 

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Extraordinary doesn’t come near it. Anna the Storyteller presents as an 11 year old. Anna’s performance of ‘The Ring: Between Childhood and War’ about the incredible resistance of the Crete people and the British & ANZ forces to the Nazi invasion on Crete and the terrible loss of life of Cretan people and the 2000 year old Jewish community there. Tears, laughs, heart and incredible emotions. Anna sang in Greek, Hebrew & English and the Cretan instruments - all inspiring. special treat when acclaimed author & head of the Storyteller Guild Kate Forsyth.

Anna performs at Buckingham Palace, London and is an award winning storyteller in Europe. I adore her work.

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Extraordinary doesn’t come near it. Anna the Storyteller presents as an 11 year old. Anna’s performance of ‘The Ring: Between Childhood and War’ about the incredible resistance of the Crete people and the British & ANZ forces to the Nazi invasion on Crete and the terrible loss of life of Cretan people and the 2000 year old Jewish community there.  Tears, laughs, heart and incredible emotions. Anna sang in Greek, Hebrew & English and the Cretan instruments - all inspiring. special treat when acclaimed author & head of the Storyteller Guild Kate Forsyth.

Anna performs at Buckingham Palace, London and is an award winning storyteller in Europe. I adore her work.

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Such a wonderful performance & an extra special treat to see you there, gorgeous Susanne Gervay!

What a special lady 💕

I travelled to Hungary for research for my new book’Heroes of the Secret Underground’ and we explored how to heal everything . It’s chicken soup of course - apologises to vegans. No I didn’t eat my daughter but chicken soup has a special place in my story.

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I travelled to Hungary for research for my new book’Heroes of the Secret Underground’ and we explored how to heal everything . It’s chicken soup of course - apologises to vegans. No I didn’t eat my daughter but chicken soup has a special place in my story. 

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Susanne, I have a healing chicken soup recipe given to me by a kind Hungarian wig maker, many years ago. Ever since, it has been my go-to soup when anyone is ailing. 🍲 🐔 👍 Looking forward to the arrival of your book 🙂

Cannot wait to read it Sounds so good Just like chicken soup 🤔 life time of comfort ...

Hummm I thought this was common knowledge. And if chicken soup won’t fix it Unicum will

It's SO hard for an Aussie film to get made and this is gorgeous. Please SHARE this everywhere - to support our industry and talent!!!!! So here he is Barry Jonsberg (hamming it up with author James Knight) looking just like his heroine Candice Phee - with orange hair . Candice is the 12 year old going onto 13, star of movie H is for Happiness based on Barry's poignant sweet funny 'My Life as an Alphabet.' It's a movie that keeps you smiling. The screen writer Lisa Hoppe said, she was so nervous sending the script to Barry - it took him 2 weeks of agony waiting before he rang Lisa .-'Yep, I like it.' I like it too.

So much to love - the glorious landscapes of Albany, Western Australia, the hilarious Miriam Margolyes in Dickens' Women - her one crazy eye keeps your laughing. There's humour, pathos, love, There are plenty of stars in it but I have to admit 'Yankee Doodle' the cute shetland pond has a special place in my heart.

Hey, if you want to see it - make it this weekend before it heads off to the Berlin International Film Festival where it is staring. An Aussie movie, with Aussie actors by an Aussie author, with an Aussie female team ... a must see! Take your kids too.

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Its SO hard for an Aussie film to get made and this is gorgeous. Please SHARE this everywhere - to support our industry and talent!!!!! So here he is  Barry Jonsberg (hamming it up with author James Knight) looking just like his heroine Candice Phee - with orange hair . Candice is the 12 year old going onto 13, star of movie  H is for Happiness based on Barrys poignant sweet funny My Life as an Alphabet.  Its a movie that keeps you smiling.  The screen writer Lisa Hoppe said, she was so nervous sending the script to Barry - it took him 2 weeks of agony waiting before he rang Lisa .-Yep, I like it.  I like it too.

So much to love - the glorious landscapes of Albany, Western Australia, the hilarious Miriam Margolyes in Dickens Women - her one crazy eye keeps your laughing. Theres humour, pathos, love, There are plenty of stars in it but I have to admit Yankee Doodle the cute shetland pond has a special place in my heart.

Hey, if you want to see it - make it this weekend before it heads off to the Berlin International Film Festival where it is staring. An Aussie movie, with Aussie actors by an Aussie author, with an Aussie female team ... a must see!  Take your kids too.

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Oh, Susanne. What lovely comments. I know I'm probably biased, but I think it's a gorgeous, generous film and it made me laugh and cry. You're so right saying we need to support Aussie films - the Hollywood blockbusters with their huge budgets can so often dominate the market unless we support the home grown. And it's worth the admission money to see Miriam doing what Miriam does (including sharing a scene with me).

Just finished reading the book for the second time. Enjoyed it just as much as first time round. Looking forward to seeing the movie too.

I LOVE the brilliant children's author and incredibly generous advocate of youth literature Ursula Dubosarsky. She's been announced by the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation as our Laureate for 2020–21

Here's a crazy photo of former laureate Leigh Hobbs and Ursula hamming it up at a writer's event. There's also one of Ursula and me being elephants - another writer's event of course.

The theme of Ursula's two-year term will be ‘Read for your life’. Be a library local!!!!!!

The first book I read by Ursula is 'The Book of Samuel', a masterpiece about Samuel's love of his grandfather and how he sets him free from the past. It received a shortlisting by Children's Book Council of Australia.

Ursula has won every children's award out. Deservedly so!

Ursula succeeds 2018–19 laureate Morris Gleitzman, and previous laureates Leigh Hobbs (2016–17), Jackie French (2014–15), Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (both 2013–14).

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I LOVE the brilliant childrens author and incredibly generous advocate of youth literature Ursula Dubosarsky. Shes been  announced  by the Australian Childrens Laureate Foundation as our Laureate for 2020–21

Heres a crazy photo of former laureate Leigh Hobbs and Ursula hamming it up at a writers event. Theres also one of Ursula and me being elephants - another writers event of course.

The theme of Ursulas two-year term will be ‘Read for your life’. Be a library local!!!!!!

The first book I read by Ursula is The Book of Samuel, a masterpiece about Samuels love of his grandfather and how he sets him free from the past. It received a shortlisting by Childrens Book Council of Australia.

Ursula has won every childrens award out. Deservedly so!

Ursula succeeds 2018–19 laureate Morris Gleitzman, and previous laureates Leigh Hobbs (2016–17), Jackie French (2014–15), Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (both 2013–14).

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We need to give you. Job in PR 😝. I love your passion and agree with every word xxx

I am promoting this theme and Ursula's role as well at Library Lovers Day on Friday at Murrurundi Library.

I love her work! I was just sorting my collection of her books onto my new bookshelves the other day! Serendipity 😊

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Farewell by kids’ authors to kid’s author Moya Simons leaving Oz for an indeterminate time to UK - was reflective & moving reminiscing on our 20 year journey as writers & friends - with Ursula Dubosarsky, Gabrielle Lord, Vashti Farrer, Felicity Pulman, Jeni Mawter, Mary Small. Look out for Moya's 'My Amazing Poo Plant' published Puffin Books available in BIG W now.

We’ll miss you.

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Remembering lots of laughs with you and Moya back in our Sydney Southern Sub Branch days.

Must have been a wonderful occasion - but a very sad one for everyone.

Great to see you all together. Best wishes to Moya - haven't seen her for a long time.

Definitely in England the grass is greener 😊

Will miss my beautiful Moya Simons

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Susanne Gervay Author

I LOVE Paint Liverpool REaD. It's this beautiful free program for babies to early years to promote literacy for parents and carers to share stories, sing, read and play with your child everyday.

I got to hang out with the mascot the BIG GREEN GECKO - with books and reading. I'm a VIP fan!

I got involved because I was the AustraliaDay26J Ambassador last year for the region and addressed the Liverpool Children's Parliament where kids were parliamentarians giving their inaugural speeches - on protect our climate, protection of kids in abuse, healthy food.

Look at the fabulous groups involved - Liverpool City Council Australia Ashcroft High School, Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre, Special Needs Ability Program, Inc. Mission Australia Littlescribe

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GoGo the Gecko was lucky to meet Susanne last year at the Miller Public School book week event. Susanne is a wonderful ambassador for children's literacy and has written some fabulous children's books.

Check out her website www.sgervay.com to see all the wonderful work she is doing in communities just like Liverpool to encourage children and young people to embrace reading.

Thanks Susanne for supporting Paint Liverpool REaD!

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I LOVE Paint Liverpool REaD. Its this beautiful free program for babies to early years to promote literacy for parents and carers to share stories, sing, read and play with your child everyday.

I got to hang out with the mascot the BIG GREEN GECKO - with books and reading. Im a VIP fan!

I got involved because I was the AustraliaDay26J Ambassador last year for the region and addressed the Liverpool Childrens Parliament where kids were parliamentarians giving their inaugural speeches - on protect our climate, protection of kids in abuse, healthy food.

Look at the fabulous groups involved - Liverpool City Council Australia Ashcroft High School, Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre, Special Needs Ability Program, Inc. Mission Australia  Littlescribe

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I have presented you books to Librarian Sue Millmore at Portland Library, she was most appreciative of your gesture, can send a photo if you wish , certainly great to have you present at Portland Celebrations, all spoke highly of your address and presence.

Nearly fell over laughing at gym. We have the best protection- against coronavirus -see photo of great trainer!!! Wash hands & see doctor if you have flu symptoms. Our brilliant scientists are onto it! Do not attack/avoid Aussies who have Asian heritage. I have European heritage and we’re all Aussies.

The health department and government is doing a great job checking who's coming in from Wuhan China.

PS The trainer had a pole to push people away and a fantastic snorkle, gloves, and double masks -use for corona virus and also the pool - double use is a bonus ... and more!
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Nearly fell over laughing at gym. We have the best protection- against coronavirus -see photo of great trainer!!! Wash hands & see doctor if you have flu symptoms. Our brilliant scientists are onto it! Do not attack/avoid Aussies who have Asian heritage. I have European heritage and we’re all Aussies. 

The health department and government is doing a great job checking whos coming in from Wuhan China.

PS The trainer had a pole to push people away and a fantastic snorkle, gloves, and double masks -use for corona virus and also the pool - double use is a bonus ... and more!

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Your boyfriend Danya 😂

My friend artist Robert Jones (Robbie) had a fascination with singer Amy Winehouse. He painted dozens of paintings of Amy- all different. All her moods. Robbie has recently passed away. Biographer of Dymphna Cusack, his wife Marilla North just gave me this painting to remember him. My talented cousin, singer/actor Alexis Fishman performs her own show of Amy Winehouse. Want to share Amy with you. Want to share my friend’s art with you. Want to celebrate Amy who died too young.

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My friend artist Robert Jones (Robbie) had a fascination with singer Amy Winehouse. He painted dozens of paintings of Amy- all different. All her moods. Robbie has recently passed away. Biographer of Dymphna Cusack,  his wife Marilla North just gave me this painting to remember him. My talented cousin, singer/actor  Alexis Fishman performs her own show of Amy Winehouse. Want to share Amy with you. Want to share my friend’s art with you. Want to celebrate Amy who died too young.

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The many faces of AustraliaDay26J -time out for the firefighters and services. A lay day for the Australian Defense Force reserves, unending scenes of burnt bush, the 85 year old scout in uniform. The 8 year old scout raising the flag,. The Australia Day address with the Mayor Ray Thompson and indigenous elder Aunty Helen, New Citizens, billy cart races .... and many still fighting fires. A New Year of courage, love, community we won't forget.

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Loving all your adventures!

So proud to stand beside Aunty Helen Riley a Wiradjuri woman from the lands of the 3 rivers, as the AustraliaDay26J Ambassador for the Lithgow City Counciland community who have battled fires and support each other. I love them.

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So proud to stand beside Aunty Helen Riley a Wiradjuri woman from the lands of the 3 rivers, as the AustraliaDay26J Ambassador for the Lithgow City Counciland community who have battled fires and support each other. I love them. 

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Susanne Thank you for coming to Lithgow and signing the books for my grandchildren. It was wonderful to meet you. A great day.

Aunty Helen Riley proud Wiradjuri Ambassador for Lithgow city council, Suzanne Gevay author, many thanks and respect for our culture, ancestors past and present. Proud Wiradjuri ancestry, full support and acknowledgement. Michelle Harlen (Adams ).

bet she was proud to stand with you too Susanne Gervay

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Look what has arrived after the bush fires? A gorgeous lorikeet- in an enclave not ravaged by fire. Pearl Beach. Made me smile.

Working hard at SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand committee retreat where we’re planning a creators’ retreat and a conference. We packed our swimmers, beach towels, walking shoes... and food. Vegetarian , gluten free dominated - this was the piece de la resistance! Brain food made by illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall!

Our management team are Deborah Abela Author, Sue Whiting, Jodie Wells-Slowgrove Margaret Roc, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Illustration and me.

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Working hard at SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand committee retreat where we’re planning a creators’ retreat and a conference. We packed our swimmers, beach towels, walking shoes... and food. Vegetarian , gluten free dominated - this was the piece de la resistance! Brain food made by illustrator  Marjorie Crosby-Fairall!

Our management team are Deborah Abela Author, Sue Whiting, Jodie Wells-Slowgrove Margaret Roc, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Illustration and me.

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It was very yummy too!

YUM! Sounds exciting, ooooh a creator’s retreat, looking forward to hearing more 😃

Sounds wonderful Susanne!

Can’t wait!

Enjoy 😊

Is it cauliflower?

Ooh, recipe?

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Madly passionate kids authors & illustrators on retreat in beautiful Pearl Beach - working on writing programs for the amazing kids book creators here. We’re bush walking.

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Madly passionate kids authors & illustrators on retreat in beautiful Pearl Beach - working on writing programs for the amazing kids book creators here. We’re bush walking. 

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Lovely to see you all last night. Xxx

Such a brilliant few days. And so much work accomplished. It's going to be a fabulous SCBWI year.

Lovely photo

Oh wow! Wish I was there xx

Hello pearl beach

Spent nice times at pearl peach Used help at book fair

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