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Susanne Gervay’s breakthrough young adult novel, That’s Why I Wrote This Song, combines text, music and film as it explores music and life. It is a collaboration with her daughter Tory, who wrote the lyrics, music and sings her rock songs.
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1. Inspiring UTS Alumni Awards- Creating Our World

Dr Simon Walsh UTS award 2014I go to a lot of events, but last night sitting beside the witty, passionate Chancellor Viki Sara, was inspiring.

The great Hall at UTS in the heart of Sydney sparkled with not only lights and orchids, but Alumni who make the world better. It was the UTS Alumni Awards for Excellence.

The brilliant Dr Simon Walsh Chief Scientist, Australian Federal Police received the Chancellor Viki Sara’s award.

Forget the TV shows, Simon Walsh is the real thing – a forensic scientist who leads the investigations into major disasters providing closure for families and justice in the criminal justice system.

Father Peter maher OAM UTS awardChancellor Viki Sara and Professor Mary Spongberg at UTS Alumni AwardsI was at a table with the wonderful Father Peter Maher OAM the parish priest at St Joseph’s Church Newtown a spokesman for victims of sexual abuse by the Church, offering pastoral care to all who need it irrespective of faith, gender, ethnicity … he invited me to speak at his church next year on ‘Elephants Have Wings’ and inter faith/multi faith/humanitarianism, finding your spirit. I am honoured.

Rebecca Cooper and Bridget Yorston UTS Award 2014It was so wonderful hearing the professors introduce the award winners. So much fun when the young and fabulous designers strode up in super high heels – Rebecca Cooper and Bridget Yorston of the internationally acclaimed label ‘bec & bridge’. My daughter LOVES their clothes.

Other outstanding recipients of the UTS Alumni Awards included Jacqui Feeney MD Fox International; Lihua Tong Director Public Interest Lawyers;Chris Zaharia Co founder Zookai; Jemma Birrell Director of Sydney Writers Festival; Richard Tamba CEO BRT Communication; Leona McGrath Aboriginal Nursing & Midwifery Strategy; Margaret Cunneen SC Deputy-Senior Crown Prosecutor.

Stars, stars, stars!!!!!!!!!

I love the UTS community and feel deeply privileged to have received a UTS Alumni Award several years ago.

THANKYOU UTS!!!!!!!

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2. I Love Sefton High School

Sefton High in SydneyA community school – a selective school – a school that embraces reading – LOVE IT and LOVE the kids.

Kids from everywhere – they understand ‘Elephants Have Wings’ – where we’re all different but part of the same humanity.

Thankyou for the beautiful email I received from a student after my talks at Sefton:-

It’s amazing to have a compassionate author coming into Sefton, and talking about the hard journey of a writer, making us understand what it is to be a writer, that being a writer doesn’t mean being famous, being rich, e.t.c.

Butterflies by Susanne Gervay,burns,The Children's Hospital Westmead,World Burn Congress New York,IBBY, international youth literature on disabilityThat's Why I Wrote This Song by Susanne Gervay, 'Psycho Dad by Tory Gervay, I Wanna Be Found by Tory Gervay,, talking at Sunning Hill Education in the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre (JJJC).I also would like to say, even though you probably have heard this a million times, your books, especially Butterflies (my favourite) and That’s Why I Wrote this Song (2nd favourite), have touched my heart, and inspired me.

It taught me to be empathetic, looking at different sides of a challenge, and also to trust and give second chances.

It was beautifully written, and I admire the way you plunge into you writing with commitment and passion, and being the character, making the story authentic. I understand it is hard to being a published author, which is why I love and admire you so much, and you are quite easy to talk to, like a friend.

Here’s a question from me: If you are friends with an author’s book, are you friends with the author?

My answer: YOU ARE MY FRIEND!

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3. Love being a Writer in Canberra!

Susanne Gervay 5.00 am early start – dragging myself out of bed – even chicken was squawking.

5.30 am – destination our capital city – hop in the BOOTIE-MOBILE – also known as my car.

Sun shining, car purring, radio on as I drive out of Sydney into the countryside with yellow fields of sunflowers and baa-ing sheep, eventually along Lake George to spring lined streets of Canberra -  It’s glorious being a writer on the road.

First stop ACT State Library to a packed  group of enthusiastic kids writing about – Werewolves, Wizards & Writers.

ACT Writers Centre with Tracey Hawkins and SCBWIL CAMERANext stop, Poppy’s Cafe at the National War Memorial listening to bagpipes while discussing everything with SCBWI Coordinator for ACT/Camberra – author Tracey Hawkings.

SCBWI Australia East and new Zealand at The Hughenden

Then it’s the SCBWI Event at the ACT Writers Centre with the dynamic SCBWI ACT crowd – including authors Tania McCartney, Irma Gold (brilliant short story writer), best selling author Gina Newton, historical author Pauline Deeves, script writer Lina Silva and other committed authors and illustrators. It was great fun , great nibbles, great enthusiasm for creating story.

Saturday was brilliant – the ACT Writers Centre at Gorman House is old world with a lilac lined courtyard and Saturday markets and music – and I had the pleasure of running a short story course with some extraordinary writers.

Caught up with SSuzanne Kiraly and Susanne Gervayuzanne Kiraly at Tilley’s Cafe where we talked writing and about the Literature festival Suzanne is organising 28 Feb next year – it’ll be brilliant.

Drove home through fields and sunshine.

Can’t wait to visit Canberra again.

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4. SCBWI Alive with Deb Abela, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Liz, Anelli, Jennifer Reid more

jumping dogIt was so much SCBWI news at The Hughenden for the SCBWI and excellent sandwiches too – even glutten-free!

Liz Anelli  intrepid explorer made it back after her Outback on a sketch trek for her new book. She crahsed and ended up on crutches.

I think she tripped over a wild dog in the Outback.

Luckily she made it to the SCBWI event at The Hughenden- all the way from Newcastle!

Deb Abela’s celebrating her brand new book – a companion book to the best selling dystopian novel Grimsden. It’s the brilliant NEW CITY (Random house) – a must read if you want to save the environment and the world.

Mark Thomason arrived from his many trips abroad – he’s having too much of a good time – hey but he’s back and writing again.

IMargaret Roc and Marjorie Crosby Fairall t was wonderful that Jennifer Reid President of the CBCA Western Sydney branch – so good to see her and she has her first book out!!!  Kooky Pants.

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall slipped the news that she’s illustrating for the iconic School Magazine!!!!  Well, what would you expect from this talented illustrator. Next week we hang her artwork from Croc and the Platypus in the Hughenden Illustrator Gallery.

Margaret Roc, Deb Abela and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall had spent the afternoon on plans – BIG announcement – bookmark 17-20th July 2016 for the next International SCBWI Conference at The Hughenden!

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5. Elephants Have Wings Engaging in Community

Elephants have Wings by Susanne gervay and Anna PignataroPIGNATARO_ANNA_ELEPHANTSHAVEWINGS_FULLIMAGEWith the world so traumatised by terrorism , the world is responding with movements for change, peace, kindness.

labyrinth in Centennial ParkLabyrinth Centennial ParkThe Labyrinth – a walking meditation – opened by Governor Marie Bashir to the blessings of the Wisdom Keepers from Aunty Ali Golding Aboriginal Elder Biripi Nation and many leaders of many faiths – Sikh, Buddhist, Moslem, Roman Catholic, Unity Church, Jewish, Zen, Anglican …. and others.

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival joins Stephanie Dowrick author and minister for an Interfaith service in Sydney’ s Uniting Church:-

‘If light is in your heart you will find your way home’. Rumi

The music played and sung by Dr Kim Cunio touched the heart.

Sydney Sacred Music festival and Inetrfaith ServiceTAL CAMERAStephanie Dowrick and Dr Kim Cunio at InterfaithInterfaith at Uniting Church Pitt Street SydneyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInterfaith service Elephants Have Wings published by Ford Street Publishing.

 

 

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6. Strange name – brilliant place with bush, writing at BREWONGLE on the Hawkesbury River

Brewongle Environment Education CampDriving out of Sydney, crossing the Hawkesbury River on a punt, heading into the bush – one of Australia’s treasures – to speak to young people. Fantastic!

There are education department schools in the bush where kids from all over the country can come to discover indigenous bush tucker, environmental secrets of the land, trek, tell stories – the Writers’ Camp happens once a year and 4 authors go bush.

Multi award winning Simon French who was one of the founders of the writing camp at Brewongle Environment Education Centre was there of course.

Deborah Abela and James Roy came this year and there was me. Even award winning illustrator Donna Rawlings dropped in.

James Roy brought his ukele and Steve – one of the fabulous staff – brought his guitar and kids joined in.

School house at BrewongleI was in the old school house 1878 – how fantastic is that!  I didn’t use the cane, but put the fire on with Queen Victoria’s photo looking over us all.

Brewongle Writers Camp Hawkesbury RiverDeborah Abela and Donna Rawlings at BrewongleYoung people are so insightful, so much to share and it was wonderful as always.

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7. ZAC the YAK at SCBWI at CBCA BIG BOOK DAY OUT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAZac the YAK from  Room to Read romps in for CBCA’s BIG BOOK DAY OUT with so many wonderful authors, illustrators, storytelling, SCBWI, jumping castle, barbecue and more … what a brilliant day!

The SCBWI stand was buzzing with Ben Johnston’s hands-on workshop Engibear Series

Margaret Roc’s BIG JELLYBEAN competition.

Lesley Gibbs launch to the very scary very funny picture book SCARY NIGHT.

The hilarious Mike Lefroy entertaining kids with talented illustrator Liz Anelli – HOWZAT!

Wilderness Fairies flapping through the Fair – Jodie Wells-Slowgrove!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOliver Phommavanh at BIG BOOK DAY OUTSOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAue Whiting’s Firefighters with kids in firemen raincoats!  Kids loved it.

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall’s workshop with The Croc and The Platypus – so creative!

Wendy Blaxland brilliant play about Blaxland’s Crossing” …. and much more … authors  Sandy Fussell, Deborah Abela, Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Oliver

Ben Johnston ENGIBEARS at BIG BOOK DAY OUTPhommavanh ….. a feast of creators.

Even more fun with the CBCA Newcastle and Sydney West regions with Jennifer Trad Reid and Katrina McKelvey.

What a day!

 

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8. BOOK WEEK FANTASTIC-NESS!

Father John Therry Catholic School with librarian Chris Palamara BOOK WEEKIt’s a book love-fest – by Australian authors & illustrators – going everywhere talking books

- special thankyou to schools, kids and teachers for embracing the I AM JACK series

- sooooo exciting that the final I AM JACK -  Being JACK  is to be released 1st September!!! yeah!!!

BOOK WEEK is such a fantastic times – thankyou to the brilliant librarians who dress up as book characters, invite authors and illustrators to their schools, have plays and celebrations.

Loved the interview with Michael Cathcart on ABC Radio National on the I AM JACK series.

Fantastic being part of it!

 

ferncourt Public School Marrickville BOOK WEEKSydney grammar Prep St Ives BOOK WEEKABC Radio National talking about BEING JACK

 

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9. BOOK WEEK~ Monkey Baa Theatre’s I Am Jack~ Launch of BEING JACK at ROOM to READ BENEFIT

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASooooo much happening – August is when kids’ authors & illustrators are on the move – across Australia – speaking at schools, events and spreading the LOVE of books.

I AM JACK with fanMonkey Baa Theatre is putting on a week of I AM JACK at Darling Quarter Theatre – nearly full houses, but this year I can’t do the post play Q & A as I’ll be speaking at schools. I love doing those Q & A’s with Tim McGarry.

There’s the Benefit for ROOM TO READ – reaching more than 9 millions kids in Asia and Africa. They won’t be all at the Benefit Sat 23 August – ha – but all funds go to building schools and literacy programmes and books.

Launch of my 4th and final BEING JACK – the 15 year journey creating the I AM JACK series.

Treat yourself and see the many amazing authors and illustrators in your schools and bookshops, libraries and events!

CELEBRATE BOOKS & READING!

MonkeyBaa Theatre – www.monkeybaa.com.au

Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org

room-to-read-logo31BOOKINGS for 5 p.m. Sat 23 August. All funds go to Room to Read: monkeybaa.com.au/show/jack-room-read-fundraiser/

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10. Writers and Illustrators Across the World ~SCBWI LA

Emma Dryden, Susanne Gervay, Ellen Hopkins at SCBWI LA ConferenceLeaders meeting at SCBWI LALove, love, love the amazing, exhilerating community of children’s book writers and illustrators and publishing industry. You have to go to the SCBWI Conference Los Angeles once.

It’s truly about friends across the globe – with our Internationals led by author Kathleen Ahrens in Hong Kong and the Assistant international author Angela Cerrito in Germany …..

get to meet some of your idols like Judy Bloom, NY Times best selling author Ellen Hopkins, amazing illustrator Mo Willems, huge series author Bruce Coville  and so many more … and many agents and publishers.

The best part – the Saturday night PARTY – and yes, everyone sang like the SCBWI Conference in Sydney at The Hughenden.

 

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11. Exhilerating, Amazing Friendships Across the Kids’ Publishing Industry at Sydney SCBWI

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat a buzz – writers, illustrators, publishers – pitches, publishing panels, brilliant masterclasses, launches, the magnificent illustrator duet with Stephen Axelson and Bruce Whately …

Melina Marchetta’s outstanding keynote about the adaptation of On Jellico Road into a Hollywood feature film – watch out for it …

and wonderful food by Vincent at The Hughenden  …

the dinner dance party with the fabulous Beatnickers of Meredith Costain, James Foley, Scot Chambers and on drums Mark Greenwood – thankyou Wolfie for being a ring in – and the wild singing and hilarity

…. and more and more and more … Sarah Davis and Peter Taylor at SCBWI ConferenceJames Foley and Tracey Hawkins at SCBWI ConferenceCAMERASusanne Gervay at SCBWI Conference SydneyChris Bell, Caz Goodwin, Claire Saxby at Sydney SCBWI ConferenceConnie Hsu. Fances Plumpton, Nerrilee Weir publishing panel SCBWIbest ever SCBWI Australia and new Zealand Conference at The Hughenden!!!!!

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12. SCBWI Australia New Zealand ROCK and ROLL!!!!!

SCBWI Cofnerence at The Hughenden 2014LYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARenae Gibson authorKids’s authors and illustrators, publishers and editors rock and rolled at the Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators’ Conference at The Hughenden in Sydney – with the BEATNICKERS – the SCBWI band of James Foley, Mark Greenwood, Meredith Costain, SCBWI Band Scott Chambers, James Foley, meredith Costain, Mark Greenwood and WolfieScott ChambeTracey Hawkins, Deborah Abela, Susanne gervay, Marjorie Crosby-FairallAL CAMERArs and the fabulous ring in on guitar and drums and … Wolfgang!

Best ever -amazing, wild, hilarious, brilliant night of the craziest dancing and partying!

Go kids’ authors and illustrators!!!!!!!

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13. SCBWI’s coming from all over Oz, NZ and US – writers and Illustrators!

BANNER_SCBWI_AUSTRALIA EAST AND NEW ZEALANDSCBWI conference has started – with

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConnie Hsu Senior Commissioning Editor Roaring Brooks USA flying in from New York;

Frances Plumpton literary agent from New Zealand flying in too,

a pile of authors and illustrators from WA and Victoria ….

it’s happening … Margaret Roc and Betty Sargent spent hours stuffing delegate bags yesterday with me ….

The Hughenden was on overload with the marquis rising from the carpark… the banner is up and we’re ready to rock and roll with the children’s book writers & illustrators of Australia and New Zealand!

Our Conference charity is Room to read www.roomtoread.org

margaret roc and book fair scbwi nov 2013 010Welcome! #SCBWIausNZ14

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14. ‘My Kingdom for a Horse’ ~ Who said that?

Shakespeare’s Richard 111 – killed whoever stood in his way to power – has anything changed?

Richard 111 playinkingsdom for a horseg at the Ensemble Theatre, Sydney is a stage within a stage.

A troupe of actors gather to perform Shakespeare’s Richard 111, an intensely dark play of evil, revealing one of history’s greatest villain.

Complex with outstanding performances by the cast, most of who play multiple characters, Shakespeare’s Richard 111 is peopled with a huge number of characters. The diagrams of family trees as the backdrop, references this and then the challenge is for the audience to give themselves permission to leave aside the many names and players, and enter Richard’s world.

Richard 111 is driven by political ambition for power at any cost with murders, fierce battles, the strong female characters typical of Shakespearean drama, evil manipulations in its many forms.

Mark Kilmurray’s performance of Richard is brilliant portraying Richard, the hunchback, crippled with one arm deformed and a club foot. His deformities are painful physically, emotionally and morally denying Richard love, respect and acceptance which is a factor that underlies his consuming lust for power. Kilmurray’s Richard despite his disabilities, is fast and at times seems to dance through the blood of potential rivals controlling the stage and every player. Ironically, it is a pleasure to watch Kilmurray’s Richard.

 

There are some very funny moments in this play of murder and mayhem, with quick character changes, set designs and props that contrast to the vanities and ambitions of the characters. Matt Edgerton’s well executed character changes, are especially humorous. Amy Matthews and Danielle Carter’s as Queen Elizabeth and Lady Anne are powerfully gripping as they navigate the fall-out of Richard’s murderous plots, with the death of their children.

Richard 111 becomes king. It is a hollow victory as he faces his final scene where he is attacked and lies dying. He calls out – ‘A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!’. Like Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin and other evil dictators, the lust for power ends in oblivion and the belated recognition that life is the most important thing.

Richard declared at the beginning that “Since I cannot prove a lover … I am determined to prove a villain.” He is certainly a viShakespeare's Richard 1111 historyllain who leave the audiences with questions about the human forces that create the pursuit of power at any cost. Is it nurture, nature, lack of love, evil within human nature? A play worth seeing.

Susanne Gervay ~ Reviewer, author www.sgervay.com

Ensemble Theatre
78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli Australia 2061
(02) 9929 8877; Box Office: (02) 9929 0644; http://ensemble.com.au/

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15. Launching Launching last I AM JACK ~ at Benefit for Room to Read – 5 p.m. 23 Aug at Darling Harbour!

Room to read with Writer AmbassadorsLove being a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read with the coolest writers around – caught up with the brilliant Room to Read team of Mihiri, Jennie Orchard & Wendy Rapee  at The Hughenden Hotel &:-

Jacqueline Harvey famous for her ALICE MIRANDA books

Oliver Phommavanh famous for his THAI-RIFFIC Books

Deborah Abela famous for her MAX REMY SPY super books and GRIMSDEN

Me – famous for my I AM JACK series which advocates for kids &  Room to Read

Hey, we’re a famous lot!! Ha, ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’re raising awareness at the launch of BEING JACK (4th & final  I AM JACK) in a BENEFIT for ROOM TO READ:-

with a live performance of I AM JACK by Monkey Baa Theatre

When: 5 p.m. Sat 23rd August 2014

Deb abela and Susanne Gervay at Room to readLaunched by: Christian  Marchegiani  Swans boxing coach and anti school bullying advocate.

Champagne, nibblies and we’ll have a great time

BOOKINGS: – Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre
Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph : 02 8624 9341 ( Ext 3 )
E: rebecca@monkeybaa.com.au
www.monkeybaa.com.au

Tickets: $30 for adults; $20 kids and family tickets

The NRL SUPER SPORTS STARS SHOULD BE DROPPING BY – They say NO to bullying too.

Come along and have a BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

www.roomtoread.org/australia

 

 

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16. Books in Homes Taking 1 Million Books to Kids

Hokey pokey published Scholastic AustraliaLove the committee meetings where we select great books for disadvantaged and indigenous kids across Western Sydney, the Outback Northern Territory.

Andrew Berhut MD of Scholastic singing Hokey Pokey in tune with a new title was hilarious. Hokey Pokey is on the list of books that children can chose for their very own. Andrew really supports his books!

Gillian Maugle represents school librarians on the committee and is fabulous.

As a Role Model I’ll be presenting at the Assembly for Books in Homes, to Curran Public School Macquarie Fields in Western Sydney on 18th June – looking forward to it.

SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia east and New Zealand is proud to support Book in Homes.

www.booksinhomesaustralia.com.au

Books in Homes Kim KingstonGillian Maugle from Wiley Park for Books In HomesDaceyville Public School Nov 2013 013

 

 

 

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17. SCBWI Big Band kids’ authors, illustrators- gearing up for SCBWI Conference at The Hughenden

Mark Greenwood drummerSCBWI’s International Conference 13-16th July has the hip band – watch out for drummer award winning picture book author Mark Greenwood on the drums.

Mark’s past life was a drummer with the top bands in the world!

James Foley award winning illustrator who’s on vocals.

Scott Chambers scientist and writer on guitar.

Meredith Costain fabulous author, vocalist on the key boards.

Meredith Costain SCBWI Band at The HughendenSCBWI Band dancing Sue Whiting, Frane Lessac, Hazel Edwards, Samantha Hughes bakcgorund

James Foley singing at The HughendenScott Chamebrs SCBWI Band at The Hughenden2012 Scott Chambers

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18. Babies twinkle at Mozart’s Babies Prom with brilliant Simon Tedeschi and Monkey Baa Directors

Simon Tedeschi Babies PromMozart wears ear muffs and slippers. Ha?

Mozart plays the piano backwards. Ha?

Mozart wrote his first musical score at 4. Ha?

Mozart’s a GENIUS and composed Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Did he?

The brilliant directors of Monkey Baa Theatre – Eva di Cesare and Tim McGarry (of ‘I Am Jack’ fame) with the gifted pianist Simon Tedeschi wrote the BABIES PROM.

The audience was babies to littlies under 5 years old and it was gorgeous as they were transfixed by the show, the music and the hilarity of it.

Babies prom Mozart at Sydney Opera HouseSusanne Gervay at the Babies prom Sydney Opera HouseBabies Prom Sydney Opera HouseOf course they all twinkled with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star created by Mozart.

 

Simon Tedeschi who played Mozart was hilarious.

Fabulous – take your kids and they’ll start the wonderful journey of classical music.

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19. Monkey Baa Theatre’s I AM JACK Wows USA

I AM JACK with Tim McGarry No8  2008What a trip – the love, engagement, enthusiasm of thousands of US kids for I AM JACK has been extraordinary.

Tim McGarry who plays 11 characters from JACK to wobbly Nanna to 11 year old Anna …. and more makes you believe he’s all of them.

Sam Johnston, stage manager puts the stage together and all those tech parts – fantastic.

It’s a love fest across the USA and a huge anti bullying campaign with heaps of media.

Las Vegas media Jan 2014 004I have been privileged to do the post show Q & A and media with Tim in Las Vegas at the fabulous Smith Center for performing Arts.

 

 

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20. Rocking across the USA with anti bullying!

I AM JACK touring USA

I’m going home soon after a whirlwind trip with I AM JACK with thousands of kids and teachers seeing I AM JACK, media and adventures.

Loved that SCBWI authors and illustrators saw the play too. Special hi to Des Moines and of course Suzanne Morgan Williams who flew into las Vegas to see it – and we had fun too. Check out the  BANANAS.

I love Aussie kids, but love American kids too.

They’re so funny at times and gorgeous and real.

Questions and comments by the audiences moved me about being bullied and how Tim McGarry who plays JACK and 11 characters reached them.

Ended up with catching up with my USA publishers of the I Am Jack series – Kane Miller Books

- Love Kira Lynn Publisher and Lynn Kelley the Marketing Manager-  and some of the consultants I met there – Pat Vecio who took me on a wild and woolly ride into Orange County – so made it with heaps of detours and I got to speak to kids from one month old to 15 with parents and grandparents

- and thankyou to Mia for a lunch of taco fish???  New cuisine for me.

Monkey Baa Theatre and Tim McGarry continue their USA tour through snow and sleet – they’ll be home mid March and I’ll be home soon.

San Diego zoo and Kira 032What an amazing trip.

 

 

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21. Farewell to the USA – a special hi to Malik & IKE!!!

My last author talks are in Los Angeles and it has been fabulous – great kids, with insightful questions; great teachers and special thankyou to the beautiful welcome by the Principal of Tulita Elementary School Redondo California.

Hi to IKE who has great humour.

Malik who’s a great I AM JACK fan – loved sharing JACK with you at Playa Vista Elementary School, Playa Vista California.

Meanwhile Monkey Baa Theatre is continuing its hugely successful tour of the play I AM JACK across the USA.

Great performances by Tim McGarry!!

I’ll be home in 2 days – what abuzz!  Thankyou to the consultants from my publisher Kane Miller Books for hosting me.

 

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22. Writer Ambassadors endorse Room to Read educating the kids of the developing world

Sarah Davis and Susanne Gervay writer ambassadors for Room to Read at Hughenden 2014 009Champagne, catching up, sharing publishing news, writers, illustrators  …. at The Hughenden Hotel in Sydney.

Why? To spread the news of ROOM TO READ – educating the children of the developing world.

How many kids, has Room to Read helped?  9 million children and growing!

The brilliant Jennie Orchard heads the writer ambassador program for ROOM TO READ – and writer ambassadors came – award winning author Emily McGuire, best selling children’s author Belinda Murrell, Country Saga author Pamela Cook, Sarah Davis award winning ….. Susanne Gervay …. and we were there to discuss how to reach everyone with the message of Room to Read.

 

Come on -

-let’s get kids reading

-let’s especially give girls education

- let’s work with communities to stop illiteracy.

 

 

www.roomtoread.org/australia

 

 

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23. I LOVE TASMANIA!!!

Tasmania is heaven – landing in Hobart from the crazy mainland to this island paradise. Hills, harbour, blue skiies, vineyards, historic buildings, Salamanca …. and authors and illustrators, author tours to brilliant schools ,,, and I LOVE TASMANIA!!!!

Highlights:-

Sharing the ‘I AM JACK’ series and anti bullying with the wonderful kids of Corpus Christi Catholic School Bellerive Hobart. Thankyou for your warmth and hospitality Erica Halley – school librarian there.

Loved the smart observations of the boys at the historic Hutchins School. Thankyou Kate Reid for organising my talk.

Catching up with great Tasmanian authors and the CBCA Angela Briant and ….more … at Salamanca Arts Centre.

 

 

 

 

Julie Hunt author extraordinaire and Nick Falk best selling author of SAURUS STREET hamming it up at the SCBWI Event in historic Salamanca Arts Centre on Hobart harbour.

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24. Gorge yourself on authors, illustrators, kids’ books industry ~ SCBWI Conference at The Hughenden

Frane Lessac, in the jaws of a crocodile SCBWIThe buzz is mega with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most loved authors and illustrators as delegates – Sarah Davis, Libby Hathon, Stephen Axelson, Corinne Fenton, Claire Saxby, Mark Greenwood, Dianne Wolfer, Sally Murphy, James Foley, Meredith Costain ….. and more ….

and then there’s Frane Lessac fighting off crocodiles to get from fremantle WA to Sydney!!!!!

Look out for the brilliant creators of  Looking for Alibrandi and Jellico Road;  Diary of a Wombat;Star Girl and Boy Versus Beast

Guess who they are?

Melina Marchetta

Bruce Whatley

Louise Park

Australian Publishers Association party Nov 2013 Sue whitingAnd there’s more – Australia’s best publishers and editors from most publishing houses

And there’s more – US Senior editor from Roaring Brook (Pan MacMillan) USA

And there’s more – some of the best of Australia and New Zealand’s illustrators in the Illustrator Showcase

And there’s more – launches, illustrator’s duel, Christmas Press limited edition prizes; and there more …. and then the SCBWI BAND – dinner party sing along with the fabulous Meredith Costain, James Foley on the guitar with Scott Chambers and Chris Cheng

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25. Everyone Welcome to Sydney’s Montessori Literature festival ~ 30 April to 2nd May!

Oliver with Thai-terrificMontessori is one of those beautiful philosophies that centre on the child.

Morris Gleitzman. Oliver Phommavanh, Aleesah Darlison and many more.

Ist May – I’ll be there Thursday sharing all my books from Gracie and Josh (Ford St) to my I AM JACK series to young adult books – Butterflies and That’s Why i Wrote This Song.

Friday the fabulous Tim McGarry and I will be in conversation about the theatrical adaptation of I AM JACK  which will be performed for BOOK WEEK – 18-22nd August at Darling Quarter Theatre:-

www.monkeybaa.com.au

The kids and teachers and parents are beautiful in a rustic style school in Sydney’s South.

I Am Jack -Monkey Baa TheatreThe Children’s Bookshop Beecroft is the bookseller.

Come along: Montessori Literature Festival Bookings – email: Deborah Browne Festival Director at – smsliteraturefestival@gmail.com

ph: 9526 3000

 

 

 

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