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How do two outstanding actors connect? Both acted for the brilliant MonkeyBaa Theatre Company - and are now performing together in’The God of Issac’ at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Both are Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduates and have performed all over the world! They’re important in my life and saw them perform today - wow! They are GOOD and show closes soon. Alexis Fishman and Tim McGarry!

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How do two outstanding actors connect? Both acted for the brilliant MonkeyBaa Theatre Company - and are now performing together in’The God of Issac’ at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Both are Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduates and have performed all over the world! They’re important in my life and  saw them perform today - wow! They are GOOD and show closes soon. Alexis Fishman and Tim McGarry!

Eva Di Cesare  Sandie Eldridge  Jeremy Miller  Moira Blumenthal  Shalom

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Lovely to see you together 💕

Apologies to vegans and vegetarians- but a Sunday bbq without sausages, is like a book without pages!!! I expect shock but it is my 1st day post Book Month. Last school talk yesterday! I loved the kids and talks, but am lying horizontal on the grass now with a sausage!!! And tomato sauce! Ahhhh!!!!

PS I totally support non meat eaters - you are probably saving the planet and your body - especially my amazing writing friends - Deborah Abela Author and Nicole Godwin!!!!

PPS Vegan and vegetarian options/recipes WELCOME!
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Apologies to vegans and vegetarians- but a Sunday bbq without sausages, is like a book without pages!!! I expect shock but it is my 1st day post Book Month. Last school talk yesterday! I loved the kids and talks, but am lying horizontal on the grass now with a sausage!!! And tomato sauce! Ahhhh!!!!

PS I totally support non meat eaters - you are probably saving the planet and your body - especially my amazing writing friends - Deborah Abela Author and Nicole Godwin!!!!

PPS Vegan and vegetarian options/recipes  WELCOME!

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So many delicious vegan sausages on the market now! I’ve tried Linda McCartney, Alternate Meat Co, Veggie Delights, Tofurkey ... try a few and see which one you like best. My faves are Veggie Delights BBQ and Tofurkey. I heard the Beyond Sausage was really good as well but haven’t tried them yet. Xx

enjoy

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A super hero. A super kid. A pirate who leads his crew fighting shark attacks and saving jhis mates. It's just that his glasses make it hard to be a superhero - until he finds the hero within. Just love Marjorie Crosby-Fairall's adorable trailer, that it's a must-watch and see. You can also jig along to it and discover the secrets to beng a hero!

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Absolutely gorgeous!!! Have ordered this for my daughter - who wears glasses and wants to be a superhero!!

My son's librarian has read this book to his class and he says he really likes it!! The trailer caught his eye as we were scrolling through 😎

Very cool.

1 week ago

Susanne Gervay Author

The kids writers and illustrators of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand are a fantastic community with talent, humour, authenticity and offering friendship. Just had an incredible event where Google insights were revealed by author Victoria Mackinlay. Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books Australia Eve Tonelli gave invaluable insights into publishing with the finale, the multi talented autor Katrina McKelvey and illustrator Kirrili Lonergan -sharing their journey of publication!!!!

Some of our best loved authors and illustrators joined in - Debra Tidball, Deborah Abela Author, Emma Quay, Sue Whiting Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. Nat Amoore - Writer & Podcast Host, Kate Simpson - Writer Liz Ledden Alexa Moses... and so many more!

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Thanks for a fantastic day! 😘

A terrific day with three terrific presentations.

Wish I could have been there x

What a great event! Thanks Susanne 💓

Thanks for another fabulous meet up! I've gone home and actioned some of those Google tips from Victoria, although some are bit more challenging... 🙂

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Hard at work eating cakes and selecting amazing books like the picture ‘book ‘The Book Chook’ by mega talented ’ Amelia McInerney Author for Books in Homes Australia. We’re part of the committee that works with schools and literacy programs across Australia to send books that kids select and love to them. So far we have sent 2 million books to disadvantaged and indigenous kids in schools. Books In Homes embraces affirmative action where 25% books of the books are created by indigenous authors or illustrators. The CEO Peter Large keeps the committee in order and provides the cakes!!! Committee includes authors and/or illustrators Dub Leffler, Jules Faber, Deborah Abela Author, Emma Wenban from the indigenous policy and support , early childhood educator Sandra, school librarian and Children's Book Council of Australia - NSW Branch editor Jackie Hawkes, me and a few others. This charity really does provide pathways to literacy and imagination in children.

PS Books in Homes proudly supports the award winning indigenous publisher Magabala Books

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Hard at work eating cakes and selecting amazing books like the picture ‘book ‘The Book Chook’ by mega talented ’ Amelia McInerney Author  for Books in Homes Australia. We’re part of the committee that works with schools and literacy programs across Australia to send books that kids select and love to them. So far we have sent 2 million books to disadvantaged and indigenous kids in schools. Books In Homes embraces affirmative action where 25% books of the books are created by indigenous authors or illustrators.  The CEO Peter Large keeps the committee in order and provides the cakes!!!  Committee includes authors and/or illustrators  Dub Leffler, Jules Faber, Deborah Abela Author, Emma Wenban from the indigenous policy and support , early childhood educator Sandra, school librarian and Childrens Book Council of Australia - NSW Branch editor Jackie Hawkes, me and a few others. This charity really does provide pathways to literacy and imagination in children.

PS Books in Homes proudly supports the award winning indigenous publisher Magabala Books 

CBCA NSW Branch Inc Eastern Suburbs Sub-branch  Scholastic Australia The Arts Unit Mainfreight  The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence  The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

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Oh wow! I’m as chuffed as Ray the Book Chook about this! Thank you Susanne Gervay You are a wonder!

Love your work, guys 🥰

😜🥰

🎉

Awesome!

Love your work, guys 🥰

Watch ‘Ray’ doesn’t try and pinch that cup cake!!

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The author-illustrator relationship can be a unique one. Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and I shared the process of creating 'The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses' EK Books on PROJECT PORTFOLIO - Nina Rycroftt has shared our process again because people have asked. So here it is.

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Just another note. When people say 'Guess what? I've written a picture book in 15 minutes'. That is possible, but will it touch the heart, mind, joy, humour ... and those ingredients that make a book special? The illustrator has to feel and understand those parts of the story to create their own narrative.

It's such an amazing process and 15 minutes creating a picture book might be a bit short! Ha! Dip into the video and see what you think.

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An absolute joy to watch.

Caught in the act!!!! Edward Emu is out and about and since we’re old friends, I had a momentary cuddle. Monkey BAA Theatre is adapting Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles illustrated by Rob Clement - for the stage! Monkeybaa's brilliant production of ‘Hitler’s Daughter’ by Jackie French is on tour now to rave reviews. I love being a patron of the brilliant Monkey Baa Theatre. The best youth theatre company in Australia, taking Australian theatre international.

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Caught in the act!!!! Edward Emu is out and about and since we’re old friends, I had a momentary cuddle. Monkey BAA Theatre is adapting Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles illustrated by Rob Clement - for the stage!  Monkeybaas brilliant production of ‘Hitler’s Daughter’ by Jackie French is on tour now to rave reviews. I love being a patron of the brilliant Monkey Baa Theatre.  The best youth theatre company in Australia, taking Australian theatre international.

Lisa Berryman HarperCollins  HarperCollins Childrens Books Australia  Eva Di Cesare  Sandie Eldridge Arts on Tour  Johanna Mulholland  Tim McGarry Jeremy Miller

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😜

Oh Edward . . . I remember and love you well!! 🙂 🙂

2 weeks ago

Susanne Gervay Author

Lunch with stars - authors and illustrators. The fabulous best selling creators Matt Cosgrove and Tim Harris entertained everyone with alpacas and classroom antics. The joy of storytelling had the kids and school librarians captivated. Each author had their own school for this literary lunch - so much fun!!! It was frantic at the end when the kids were running around for autographs from all the author/illustrator stars!!!

Who were the stars? Catherine Pelosi, Deborah Abela Author Belinda Murrell Kate Forsyth Jacquie Harvey Aura Parker Jules Faber Debra Tidball John Flanagan Jesse Blackadder (Author) Wendy Blaxland. Ruth Devine Wendy Fitzgerald Lesley Gibbes Jan Latta Amelia McInerney Author Louise Park. Catherine Pelosi Aura Parker Lisa Nicol

... and guess what? These authors' books are on the Premier's Readng Challenge - so everyone can read the best books ever. The Arts Unit

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These are the coolest super heroes - in The Big Blue Glasses - hey but they are girls. Who cares - they’re still cool. We’re all having a ball at ‘Lunch with the Stars’ with brilliant kids authors Tim Harris and Matt Cosgrove Deborah Abela Author Jules Faber Belinda Murrell Jan LattaAmelia McInerney Author Jacqueline Harvey Aura ParkerDebra Tidball Jesse Blackadder Wendy Blaxland Ruth Devine Wendy Fitzgerald Catherine Pelosi Kate Forsyth Louise Park - lots of amazing schools talking story and my fabulous school is StThomas Catholic school!!!

Thankyou to Childrens Book Council Northern Beaches for organising this!
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These are the coolest super heroes - in The Big Blue Glasses - hey but they are girls. Who cares - they’re still cool. We’re all having a ball at ‘Lunch with the Stars’ with brilliant kids authors Tim Harris and Matt Cosgrove  Deborah Abela Author  Jules Faber  Belinda Murrell Jan LattaAmelia McInerney Author Jacqueline Harvey   Aura ParkerDebra Tidball Jesse Blackadder Wendy Blaxland Ruth Devine  Wendy Fitzgerald  Catherine Pelosi   Kate Forsyth Louise Park  - lots of amazing schools talking story and my fabulous school is StThomas Catholic school!!! 

Thankyou to Childrens Book Council Northern Beaches for organising this!

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Funtabulous 👏🏼

Good one for Dalajaa next year.

Sammy is visiting Western Sydney ‘s superheroes. Kids with Glasses. Kids who are going to get their eyes checked. Kids who know it is ok to be different . Kids who know it is ok to be themselves. ‘Having at great time at cartwright public School Liverpool with 'The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses'.

Illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. Published by EK Books Written by Susanne Gervay Author . Endorsed by Good vision for life and transcribed into Braille by Vision Australia - how good is this!!!!
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Sammy is visiting Western Sydney ‘s superheroes. Kids with Glasses. Kids who are going to get their eyes checked. Kids who know it is ok to be different . Kids who know it is ok to be themselves. ‘Having at great time at cartwright public School Liverpool with The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses.

Illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. Published by EK Books  Written by Susanne Gervay Author . Endorsed by Good vision for life and transcribed into Braille by Vision Australia - how good is this!!!!

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I read the story to a very special year 1 class today at Bellevue Hill! 😘

Inspiring, global education. What a privilege to speak on the power of story, at the Council of International schools (CIS) Conference.Thankyou to Ray Davis International Advisor for inviting me and the brilliant Council of International Schools team led by the Executive Director Jane Larsson. The principals, leading teachers, educators are so committed and more. It was extra special that my publisher Lisa Berryman HarperCollins came to hear me.
My Rating- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Glad to hear it went so well, Susanne Gervay!

Brilliant.

Oh how special!

2 weeks ago

Susanne Gervay Author

Melbourne has been a feast of extraordinary experiences from recording 'The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses' at the Feelix Library Studios Vision Australia, speaking at one of the most incredible conferences- CIS - the Council of International Schools with its ethos of global citizenship, sharing this CIS experience with my publisher Lisa Berryman HarperCollins and meeting up with old friends! The star of HIPPO who'll be 40 next year Hazel Edwards and the CEO Jen McVeity of Seven Steps To Writing Success. Secret - we had a spa experience indulging at The Langham, Melbourne- with massages and bubbles - both sorts of bubbles - no photos as they are x-rated.

PS I got new swimmers. Hazel did too. Jen wore her swimmers from 20 years ago and still looks amazing in them. Hmmm...

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Melbourne has been a feast of extraordinary experiences from recording The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses at the Feelix Library Studios Vision Australia, speaking at one of the most incredible conferences- CIS - the Council of International Schools  with its ethos of global citizenship, sharing this CIS experience with my publisher Lisa Berryman HarperCollins and meeting up with old friends! The star of HIPPO wholl be 40 next year Hazel Edwards and the CEO Jen McVeity of Seven Steps To Writing Success.  Secret - we had a spa experience indulging at The Langham, Melbourne- with massages and bubbles - both sorts of bubbles - no photos as they are x-rated.

PS I got new swimmers. Hazel did too. Jen wore her swimmers from 20 years ago and still looks amazing in them. Hmmm...

Society of Women Writers Victoria  Friends Who Like The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc

Thankyou to Jaye from the magical Mary Martin Bookshop in Melbourne, for being the enthusiastic bookseller at the Council of International Schools Conference for global citizenship and education. I LOVED speaking at this conference. They are my people. Headquarters are in the Netherlands but educators came from across Australia and internationally committed to the promotion of international and intercultural understanding and empowering young people at advocate for all!!! Mary Martin Bookshop - Melbourne EK Books HarperCollins Children's Books Australia Council of International Schools

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Thankyou to Jaye from the magical Mary Martin Bookshop in Melbourne,  for being the enthusiastic bookseller at the Council of International Schools Conference for global citizenship and education. I LOVED speaking at this conference. They are my people. Headquarters are in the Netherlands but educators came from across Australia and internationally committed to the promotion of international and intercultural understanding and empowering young people at advocate for all!!! Mary Martin Bookshop - Melbourne EK Books HarperCollins Childrens Books Australia Council of International Schools

Lisa Berryman HarperCollins  Michelle Weisz

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Love your books Susanne😘

Fab 💕

It was a real pleasure Suzanne x

Guess where I am? Vision Australia recording ‘The Boy In The Big Blue Glasses ‘ for the Feelix Library!!!!

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Guess where I am? Vision Australia recording ‘The Boy In The Big Blue Glasses ‘ for the Feelix Library!!!! 

Vision Australia  Good vision for life  Hazel Edwards  Jen McVeity  Marjorie Crosby-Fairall  Sightforkidsphilippines  Optometry Australia  Story Box Library

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Looking suitably chuffed!

You'll be fabulous.

How fabulous!!

Good on you. 😊

Fantastic! You look excited, squee, have fun!

You look so chuffed! 👍🏼😍

Fabulous

Great, love to do that

Wonderful

That’s exciting, Susanne.

and who better to read it!!

A perfect match.

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Why am I wearing RED & WHITE checked socks around my neck? It’s author Mark Greenwood ‘s birthday and my excellent present to him. But picture book illustrator/writer Frané Lessac stuck the socks on my head. Why? Because Mark is SOCKRATES - he’s very smart and his brilliant book ‘The Happiness Box’ just won the Honour Prize for Children's Book Council of Australia's book awards. Frane wanted to SOCK it to me! Yes, I’m impressed by Mark. Happy birthday!

Loved catching up with you guys all the way from West Australia for a hectic author/illustrator tour in Sydney.

You guys are the best!

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Why am I wearing RED & WHITE checked socks around my neck? It’s author Mark Greenwood ‘s birthday and my excellent present to him. But picture book illustrator/writer Frané Lessac stuck the socks on my head. Why?   Because Mark is SOCKRATES - he’s very smart and his brilliant book ‘The Happiness Box’ just won the Honour Prize for Childrens Book Council of Australias book awards. Frane wanted to SOCK it to me!  Yes, I’m impressed by Mark. Happy birthday!

Loved catching up with you guys all the way from West Australia for a hectic author/illustrator tour in Sydney.

You guys are the best!

 Childrens Book Council of Australia - WA Branch  SCBWI Australia West Members Group

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Happy birthday, Mark Greenwood - Author!

Funny fun funny 😆

Our teacher librarians are the BEST . They dress up for Book Week. Live and promote books and are a safe place for kids. Thankyou Sandra Flower for inviting me to read ‘The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses’ at the beautiful Beauty Point Public School.
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Our teacher librarians are the BEST . They dress up for Book Week. Live and promote books and are a safe place for kids. Thankyou Sandra Flower for inviting me to read ‘The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses’ at the beautiful Beauty Point Public School. 
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Susanne it was Beauty Points PS absolute pleasure having you come and read your beautiful new book at our “Library after Dark” event. The students loved meeting you and since then are always requesting I read your book. They really enjoy the story. It connects on many levels and the kids understand the feelings of the boy in the Big blue glasses! Please come and visit again soon.

Fab 👏🏼

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