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I know I look like a NUT, but promise had a fabulous zoom critique session as part of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand South Australia - Winter event. Got to hang out with incredible writers Adam Cece, Beverely McWilliams, Elizabeth Mary Cummings, Kristin Martin - inspiring insights on everyone’s writing. Thankyou Kelly Hibbert Author and Lauren Mullinder Illustration Mandy Foot - Children's Books and Kristin for hosting the incredible July SCBWI event.

Imagine we got to hear the academy award winner and acclaimed illustrator and author Shaun Tan Appreciation Page, the enthusiastic and wonderful author Mike Lucas and the inspiring illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Illustration

australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-zoom-winter-gathering/

I LOVE kids’ writers and illustrators.

So much talent, sharing and more. You all rock!

SCBWI PAL Coordinators Fans of SCBWI Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Adam Cece Becky Lucas
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I know I look like a NUT, but promise had a fabulous zoom critique session as part of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand South Australia - Winter event. Got to hang out with incredible writers Adam Cece, Beverely McWilliams, Elizabeth Mary Cummings, Kristin Martin - inspiring insights on everyone’s writing. Thankyou Kelly Hibbert Author and Lauren Mullinder Illustration Mandy Foot - Childrens Books and Kristin for hosting the incredible July SCBWI event.

Imagine we got to hear the academy award winner and acclaimed illustrator and author Shaun Tan Appreciation Page, the enthusiastic and wonderful author Mike Lucas and the inspiring illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Illustration

https://australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-zoom-winter-gathering/

I LOVE kids’ writers and illustrators. 

So much talent, sharing and more.  You all rock!

SCBWI PAL Coordinators  Fans of SCBWI  Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators Adam Cece  Becky Lucas

Kids are amazing! They find the joy in each day, doesn’t matter what happens! Play matters. Sickness loses! Loved Larrikin Puppets storytime of ‘Gracie & Josh’. Illustrated by Serena Geddes published Ford Street Publishing, endorsed by the beautiful inclusive Variety - the Children's Charity Australia who support diversity, special needs kids & families.

Picture books reach kids with story and hope!!!!

Storytime is every Thursday at 10 am - but you can play it anytime from Larrikin Puppets facebook. My favourite puppet is Scrambles, the red monster. The storyteller Elissa Jenkins is gorgeous.

Hazel Edwards SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand The Children's Hospital at Westmead Sharon Rundle Early Childhood Educator Network Australia (ECENA) ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Creative Kids Tales Network Children's Book Council of Australia - NSW Branch The Children's Bookshop
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Great story sharing

Brilliant, brilliant and brilliant. Shaun Tan is Australian and I am proud of that. Why? OK he has won an Academy Award for his animation, 'The Lost Thing'. OK, he won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award which is like the Noble Prize for Kids Literature. OK, he has won so many awards for illustration, design, picture books. So do you want to meet him? He's zooming into SCBWI Australia East & New ZealandSouth Australia - 4th July - see booking link below..

Special bonus is the incredible hilarious author Mike Lucas and award winning illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Illustration.

I'll be there as I'm doing a critique group with exciting authors like Adam Cece, Kristin Martin - Dyslexia Specialist - Dyslexia Specialist - Dyslexia Specialist, Beverley Mcwilliams Author - lucky me.

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Shaun Tan Appreciation Page KIWI-SCBWI Australian Society of Authors Kellie Nissen Kel Butler Children's Book Council of Australia CBCA NSW Branch Inc Eastern Suburbs Sub-branch Wendy Fitzgerald Max Hamilton Fans of SCBWI Paula Stevenson Writer Stefanie Vianello Yvonne Mes NSW English Teachers Association Becky Lucas Becky's Literary Bookings
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Brilliant, brilliant and brilliant. Shaun Tan is Australian and I am proud of that. Why? OK he has won an Academy Award for his animation, The Lost Thing. OK, he won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award which is like the Noble Prize for Kids Literature. OK, he has won so many awards for illustration, design, picture books. So do you want to meet him? Hes zooming into SCBWI Australia East & New ZealandSouth Australia - 4th July - see booking link below..

Special bonus is the incredible hilarious author Mike Lucas and award winning illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Illustration.

Ill be there as Im doing a critique group with exciting authors like Adam Cece, Kristin Martin - Dyslexia Specialist - Dyslexia Specialist - Dyslexia Specialist, Beverley Mcwilliams Author - lucky me.

https://australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/…/scbwi-zoom-winter-gath…/

Shaun Tan Appreciation Page KIWI-SCBWI  Australian Society of Authors Kellie Nissen Kel Butler Childrens Book Council of Australia CBCA NSW Branch Inc Eastern Suburbs Sub-branch Wendy Fitzgerald Max Hamilton  Fans of SCBWI Paula Stevenson Writer Stefanie Vianello Yvonne Mes NSW English Teachers Association Becky Lucas Beckys Literary Bookings

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Here's the mystery guest Shaun Tan Appreciation Page

Love my creator friends. Some are in trouble. Hey, it has been a rotten time for everyone. It's tough for the arts, emotionally and financially. Writers festivals, school bookings, drama, conferences ...have been cancelled due to covoid.

There's a helpline now at Support Act for musicians, artists, writers, all arts workers across Australia. The Wellbeing Helpline is free confidential and available 24/7, staffed by professional clinicians familiar with the arts. supportact.org.au/wellbeinghelpline/

Call 1800 959 500 within Australia, or via email. Zoom video calls are also available.

Pick up the phone if you want to talk.

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Love my creator friends. Some are in trouble. Hey, it has been a rotten time for everyone. Its tough for the arts, emotionally and financially. Writers festivals, school bookings, drama, conferences ...have been cancelled due to covoid. 

Theres a helpline now at Support Act  for musicians, artists, writers, all arts workers across Australia.  The Wellbeing Helpline is free confidential and available 24/7, staffed by professional clinicians familiar with the arts.  https://supportact.org.au/wellbeinghelpline/

Call 1800 959 500 within Australia, or via email. Zoom video calls are also available.

Pick up the phone if you want to talk. 

Blackdog Institute - UNSW- Prince of Wales Hospital Australian Society of Authors Australian Writers Guild Writing NSW The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas Australia Council for the Arts, SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand Childrens Book Council of Australia

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Did you get him for me??? Where are you hiding him??

Corona warning. Best way to stop kids being scared? Story! Kids are super heroes! They just have to believe that!

EK Books Lisa Berryman HarperCollins HarperCollins Books Australia Children’s Authors and Illustrators NSW Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Educator Network Australia (ECENA) ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders) Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) Children's Book Council of Australia ABC Sydney
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My message Just disappeared so a big ❤️ to Suzanne on what her books convey and for giving courage to our children

Love this 😊 Kids are definitely super heroes 🌟

Love your enthusiasm ❣️🥰

Getting all my ducks in a row! As Regional Advisor for SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand I just went to 2 inspiring free SCBWI zoom events. Award winning author Karen Foxlee confessed that ‘I write lots of drafts and feel I write rubbish.’ I promise she doesn’t. Insights by Alison Quigley Author shared publishing tips. Then there was the spectacular Illustrator event organised by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall & team too. Now I am inspired to write again - I’m working on ‘Mikey MacGee’ - 1st time I let it out of the cone of silence. Shushhhh

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Haha, love the ducks pic … and the other smiling faces!

What’s with the ducks??

Are those ducks sitting on coffee beans?

I miss Turkey. Speaking at the incredible ITEF - Istanbul International Literature Festival was a highlight of my writing life. The vibrant, inspirational festival director Nermin Mollaoğlu of The Kalem Agency, host Mehmet Demirtas, hanging out with international and Turkish authors, speaking to 1000s of Turkish students, hanging out with my Turkish editor Sima and the publishing team of Marti my wonderful Turkish publishers of my 'I Am Jack' books. Beinging filmed for a segment of their equivalent of SBS in Turkey, embracing the Turkish literary life ... and finding courage and strong voices. Turkey is regarded as one of the most repressive countries for writers, but ITEF celebrates literature. The festival is online because of covid. Check it out on link below:-

publishingperspectives.com/2020/06/istanbul-sunflower-itef-goes-digital-with-translation-provided...

Such a beautiful country, with beautiful people I love. One day I hope to go back. Keep your spirit.

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I miss Turkey. Speaking at the incredible ITEF - Istanbul International Literature Festival was a highlight of my writing life. The vibrant, inspirational festival director Nermin Mollaoğlu of The Kalem Agency, host Mehmet Demirtas, hanging out with international and Turkish authors, speaking to 1000s of Turkish students, hanging out with my Turkish editor Sima and the publishing team of Marti my wonderful Turkish publishers of my I Am Jack books. Beinging filmed for a segment of their equivalent of SBS in Turkey, embracing the Turkish literary life  ... and finding courage and strong voices. Turkey is regarded as one of the most repressive countries for writers, but ITEF celebrates literature. The festival is online because of covid.  Check it out on link below:-

https://publishingperspectives.com/2020/06/istanbul-sunflower-itef-goes-digital-with-translation-provided-turkey-covid19/

Such a beautiful country, with beautiful people I love. One day I hope to go back. Keep your spirit.

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It’s scary now but it used to be unmissable. Terrible what the current dictatorship can do to to one of the few democracies in this part of the world !!! Grrr!!!

We love Turkey and it’s people . Not the current leadership !!!

I want to go back one day! Such an amazing place!

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how wonderful - looks like everything and one who lives in Woollahra is exotic!

Love these Wollahra locals... they live on ocean st... but venture over to our neighbours’s palm tree .

Had he flown from owner. Looks like a Macaw beautiful photos

My goodness - where were you walking? The Amazon? They are such splendid birds

Where’s his bike?

what a fabulous fellow!

Gorgeous bird or should I say parrot Not a native Australian .

A wonderful experience

I thought I was seeing things the first time one of the Woollahra parrots flashed across my vision!

Spectacular suprise how beautiful

Beautiful

Wow, bet they've escaped from somewhere. Stunning.

Haha! I'm currently knitting a hat in exactly those colours!

Macaws

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In paperback now. June release. In Braille too with Vision Australia and Braille House.

A boy. A super hero. A brave pirate leads his crew of girls and boys. Until the day Sammy feels different. He gets glasses. His parents, teacher, family are happy for Sammy, because life is no longer blurry. So, the great miscommunication begins. The super hero is still heroic, funny, determined as he uses clever tactics and quick thinking to stay on top. But he’s losing his special powers, as he feels no-one can hear him at home or at school. Things have to change.

Through humour, self-realisation and the indomitable spirit of kids, Sammy wins the challenge of change. The heroic pirate returns leading his pirate crew.EK Books

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Just received this VIP message from a zoom talk - ‘When I saw Nanna’s shiny purple glowing underpants, I was laughing so much I was crying.’ (Mark 11). Nanna is Jack’s real grandma in my ‘I Am Jack’ books. She cheers when Jack wins against bullying. Just have to share her underpants & that she’s always there for Jack. Going on zoom to schools, but hope to see kids soon in real life!

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Kids authors & illustrators are connecting with kids, readers and developing their craft on zoom. There's a feast of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand catch up, events - many free, others at nominal cost, partnering with the wonderful Children's Book Council of Australia - NSW Branch & branches Children's Book Council of Australia - I'm busy being an MC - with Scholastic Editor and talented illustrator Gabriel Evans for event tomorrow on 14th June.. australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-zoom-event-the-craft-of-art-and-words/ But there is so much more:-
The launch of my brilliant friends Deborah Abela Author and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall of 'Bear in Space' on 24th June. Come along. There's more - the illustrator critiques peer to peer on 21 June and there is more: Then there's the 4th July Winter Gathering with Mike Lucas. Check out the many events:-https://australiaeastnz.scbwi.org/events/ The zoom team are pretty exhausted - Margaret, Deb, Marjorie and me! Other amazing leaders are Kelly Hibbert, Alison Douglas Stegert Shelly Unwin, Carolyn Goodwin ... such generous authors. THANKYOU. I am so privileged to be Regional advisor of SCBWI Australia East & NZ.

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The talented, vibrant, smart, beautiful Jesse Blackadder has passed to another place leaving her loved Andi and us. Too young to leave when there were more books to write. We are blessed to have known her, enriched by her literacy campaigns, endless work for the creative community, her adventuers and writing on Antartica and her important adult and children's books. Her books include !Sixty Seconds'. 'The Raven's Heart, 'Chasing the Light', my favourite children's book 'Stay' and more. I miss you Jesse.

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Utterly devastating. Jess's wit and wonderfulness warmed all those she encountered. To think...so close to another birthday. May her adventures never end and her spirit of adventure remain with us all. Dimity 💓😞

A huge loss 😢

I also love the book "Stay" that Jesse wrote :). RIP Jesse and thank you for your wonderful writing x

This is just too sad for words. I still cannot believe she is not here. Such a horrid cancer.

Such a tragic loss. What a vibrant soul she was. 😢

She will be missed by so many, Susanne. So sad.

I'm sad there are no more Jesse books. Terribly sad.

Distressing. Jesse was lovely.

Such sad news

So very sad

What vibrant images ❤️

Such a shock

Oh my goodness 😢

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Last time I 'caught up' with Senator Patrick Dobson, father of indigenous reconciliation, was on Kiribati for climate change action. He's got the same beard! Ha! Here he's advocating for indigenous education for World Vision Australia on an incredible panel with ABC News/ BBC News presenter Del Irani, Co founder of National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition Hayley McQuire, Head of First Nations program Anne Pattel-Gray and the director Maya Newell of 'In My Blood It Runs' the moving story of 10 year old Dujuan.

You can see the documentary free on Indee.tv Indigenous kids need to connect with their culture for education to be relevant.

Books in Homes Australia UTS: Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research Australian Indigenous Education Foundation - AIEF WestWords NSW School Library Matters Australian Children's Laureate Foundation Children's Book Council of Australia Julie Ditrich Emma Wenham Dub Leffler Magabala Books Rachel Emma Sharon Rundle
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Thanks Suzanne. Senator Dodson was so insightful.

Pat vDobson and Susanne Gervay Author flying to Kiribati

Oh beautiful.

Children. Story. Inclusion. 
FEAR BREEDS ANGER. 
ANGER BREEDS HATE.
HATE BREEDS SUFFERING  ~ Yoda, Jedi Warrior - Star Wars

Your personal actions and what you do, makes the difference.

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Love is all you need

Vision matters. Optometrists are open . Testing free. School is back. Kids vision matters. World_Vision2020 . It is the year of Vision!

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Love you

Serious funny 🤗🤪

Hahaha, you're a natural, Susie. 😂🤩😂

A week as a writer in corona - SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand online meetings, Australian Society of Authors’ webinar with Deborah Abela Author, Children's Book Council of Australia - NSW Branch Storytime Facebook on my books ... and my tooth pulled out! See if you can see my removed tooth - it's a canine on a flower with dried blood. No, I am not writing a vampire novel!

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Elephants are threatened with extinction. Covoid has threatened their food supply with no funding. Elephants books matter. See Irma Gold's picture book ‘Serene’s Story’ (Walker Books Australia) & my picture book ‘Elephants Have Wings’ distributed by Daintree Books and illustrated by the brilliant Anna Pignataro

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When I lived in Nigeria traders used to come to the door. One of them had a pair of tusks for sale. I told him elephants are under threat. He said: “madam that is why you should buy now.”

Elephants are so beautiful. If they should become extinct because of our selfishness then we don’t deserve thevplanet we live in😢

Love elephants and have donated x

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I love your funny bone ❣️

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Alexis Fishman sings AmyWinehouse_sj in a beautiful performance in a Sydney studio. With covoid - it’s distancing via Vimeo - secret pleasure is the portrait of Amy hanging above my desk. So proud of Alexis from a baby whose 1st words were songs to this!!!! She's also performed for Monkey Baa Theatre - singing and dancing. So much talent. Here is the vimeo link - vimeo.com/423021262/b3472fc80d

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You are the best ❣️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

How does a writer write? Secret info - coffee & chocolate.

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This is hilarious!

I know you have a full blown cubby house though with a lovely tea set and teddy to cuddle when you have writer’s block? Hope you are having a fabulously productive day with words cascading over those pages 🍫☕️💻💡

You are such a funny bunny 🐰 Delightful 🤗

Oh, you're a funny woman, Susanne! Thanks for this vision ... it comes at the right time for me today. You're a big blue chocolatey caterpillar. 💖

I didn't think that was a secret. It is how I write.

You just make my face smile and light up my day Susanne Gervay❤️

Too cute!!!! 😍😍

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