Susanne's passion is empowering readers with story. Story that brings hope to children and adults, as they navigate a complex world. As the child of refugees, growing up with the emotional complexities of parents who had been through the war, migration and loss, books were Susanne's source of hope and courage. It has been the driving force in her 20 year immersion in the writing industry, as a writer, mentor, speaker, advocate for literacy and social justice for young people, adults and their communities. Her books range from picture books, children’s, young adult and adult stories. The I Am Jack books have become rite-of-passage on school bullying adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre, touring Australian and US theatres. Susanne’s engagement with Indian/Asian-Australian relations has seen her contribution to Indian-Australian anthologies alongside the works of Sir Salman Rushdie, David Malouf and Thomas Kenneally; her address at conferences in India; and her multi-faith picture book Elephants Have Wings endorsed by The Blake Prize. Susanne is an international and national speaker who has addressed audiences from New York to Delhi on the power of story to create discussion in diverse areas including disability, inclusion, multiculturalism, bullying, inclusion, peace. Susanne has been honoured by receiving many awards including; the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award for Children's Literature by the International Literacy Association, an Order of Australia for literature, the Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children's Literature, the Award of Excellence for Services to the Arts, University of Technology Sydney, award for Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability, IBBY for YA novel 'Butterflies', Awards, short listings, notables for her books from many organisations including The Society of Women Writers, Children's Book Council Australia, The Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, Children's Peace Literature Award. Her books are widely endorsed by organisations including, Variety the children's charity, The Blake Prize, The Cancer Council, Life Education, The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, The Children's Hospital, (Westmead), Courage to Care, anti-bullying organisations in Australia and the US. Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sgervay Twitter- https://twitter.com/sgervay Instagram - https://instagram.com/susanne_gervay/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/sgervay Linked in - https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanne-gervayRead more Read less
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