This month we welcome Susanne Gervay to Creative Kids Tales.
Many of the wonderful authors I have interviewed for Creative Kids Tales wear different hats. Susanne would have to own a haberdashery!
I'm not sure where Susanne gets the time to write? She would have to be one of the busiest people I know. At any given moment Susanne is trotting around the country or globe to talk about her love of writing for children, attending conferences or catching up with old literary friends.
Her books Butterflies, Ships in The Field, That’s why I wrote this song and her award winning I am Jack series have touched children around the world. Susanne writes from experience, from the world she knows, from the heart.
Never afraid to tackle subjects head on. For example, I am Jack is a wonderfully written story that deals with bullying, cancer and blending families. The short punchy sentences make I am Jack an easy to read story that everyone can empathise with. I am Jack speaks to all who have encountered a bully at some stage in their life but also describes a character, although scared, who takes control of his fears.
I won’t reveal what happens, but you will be pleasantly surprised.
I am Jack, has also been adapted for the stage and is acted out superbly at the MonkeyBaa Theatre. Visit Susanne’s website for snippets of the play www.sgervay.com/jack-books
And those hats I spoke about earlier. Read on: Susanne is on the board of the NSW Writers Centre holding the youth portfolio, Chair of The Sydney Children’s Writers & Illustrators Network at The Hughenden, co-head of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia & New Zealand, has been awarded The Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature and Professional Achievement Award for Literature from University of Technology Sydney and is an Australia Day Ambassador.
Susanne is also a State Ambassador for the National Year of Reading.
We thank Susanne Gervay for taking the time out of her very busy schedule to be our featured author this month on Creative Kids Tales.