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1. 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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2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Musical – A SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand extravaganza!

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3. Brian Falkner Sci Fi & Linsay Knight editor for Stories for 5,6,7,8 year olds – fun stories for Xmas


Linsay Knight Brian Falkner and Susanne Gervay, at The Hughenden Hotel

Brian lives in Queensland these days, even though he still calls himself a New Zealander. He was down in Sydney on a publicity tour for his Sci-Fi books.

His Recon Team Angel series is capturing a dedicated audience of fans.  However I love Brainjack. It’s taken off in Texas would you believe.

It was good chatting to him at The Hughenden in Sydney, over coffee. The last time we caught up it was for a SCBWI catch up there.

Also caught up with Linsay Knight who has just edited a fabulous series of Stories for5, 6, 7 and 8 year olds – 4 books with stories written by some of Australia’s best authors – funny, sad, clever, smart and more – by Andy Griffiths, Paul Jennings, Jaccqueline Harvey, Ursual Dubosarsky, Sophie Masson, John Larkin, Bill Condon, Belinda Murrell – a feast of our best authors. Published by Random House – it’s great from Christmas.

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4. Louis Armstrong, Diana Krall, EastSide FM & a Merry Christmas

Eastside FM radio with Stuart Rubin with Susanne Gervay as a guest presenterEastside FM 89.7 fm radio station is located in the heritage Chauval Cinema and Paddington Town Hall buildings.

It broadcasts a mixture of jazz, arts, music and thoughtful comments on life and community. Of course the arts hotel, The Hughenden proudly supports East Side FM.

It was a feast of beautiful tracks complied by DJ and presenter Stuart Rubin from Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall to Bing Crosby.

I was especially touched by the charismatic Louis Armstrong who came from such poverty- both physical and emotional. His father leaving and his mother a prostitute, being sent to a Boys’ Home and by 11 years old, he was on his own. However Louise Armstrong saw life as a gift where he pursued music, love, friendship and community. He was amazing.

He was taken in as a boy by a Jewish family, and although Catholic, he wore the Star of David until the day he died.  He embraced all faiths. His talent was extraordinary and he broke barriers of racism – a trailblazer for Afro-Americans.

Thankyou Louis Armstrong for your music and for making the world a little better, especially at this time of Christmas.

Thankyou to Stuart Rubin whose love of music made the morning show on Christmas Eve so special.

Loved being a guest this morning.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to East Side FM – wwww.eastsidefm.org

89.7 fm

Eastside FM with Stuart Rubin and Susanne Gervay

Eastside FM radio with Stuart Rubin and Susanne Gervay

Celebration EastSide FM radio




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5. SCBWI Oz & NZ – with our loved kids authors & illustraters

The Hughenden frontGreat SCBWI night at the Hughenden in Sydney with:-

Linsay Knight entertaining SCBWI with her stories of becoming an independent publisher Pitt Street Poetry

- publishing what you want from kids’ books to the best of poetry to non fiction

- it’s about the love of it

The joy of :-

Deborah Abela – the ARA for SCBWI (NSW and ACT) – talented multi award winning author

Sarah Davis – Illustrator Coordinator SCBWI – talented multi award winning illustrator

Sharing brilliant books and news including:-

Sydney Girls' High School writers, author Deborah Abela SCBWIFelicity Pullman’s new historical novel published by HarperCollins ‘A Ring Through Time’

Nathan Luff’s ‘Bad Manners’ published Walker Books

Aleesah Darlinson and Jill Carter-Hansen (illustrator) Bearly There published by Windy Hollow

…. and so many more authors and illustrators with news.

Good food, good company, great speakers and networking.

The CBCA dropped in with a special hello to librarian Mike Botham and the girls from Sydney High School who love writing.

Next event is on Monday 17th June with guest speaker Margaret Hamilton one of Australia’s leading authorities on picture books, children’s books as well as adult books. If you visit the Blue Mountains drop into Pinerolo the children’s illustrators and writers cottage.

Jill Carter Hansen illustrator illustraotr 'Bearly There' written by Aleesah Darlison, published Windy Hollow Books





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6. Writers Go Crazy in November as XMAS starts %@#

Funny dog asking writer a question imageHow do you feeling about our crazy life?

Ask the PUG!!!!!!

Can any more events, parties, book fairs, get togethers …. be squished into the 4 weeks before December’s Christmas!!!!!!

It’s on … we’re heading for the turkey and an almighty crash!

Diary of November 2013:-

-  Celebrations of Hazel Edwards receiving an Order of Australia – YEAH!

- MC for SCBWI’s INSIDE STORY with our loved authors & illustrators at The Children’s Book Beecroft telling the inside story of creating their books including Deborah Abela, Tony Flowers, Yvette Poshoglian, Jan Latta, Christopher Cheng and more.

- Lunch with assistant editor of School Magazine - LOVE Sue Murray - a talented playwright as well as editor

-  Sharon Rundle editor and friend and I went off to the launch of  ’A Country Too Far’  at Glee Books- caught up with professor Elizabeth Webby and Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott and others.

-  brilliant theatre at the opening at The Ensemble of ‘Rapture Blister Burn’

- catching up with my favourite actor Tim McGarry to talk about the I AM JACK USA tour for 2014

- Society of Women Writers’ at the State Library – lunch and collect a prize for ‘Ships in the Field’ – lovely

- Christmas celebrations at the CBCA lunch Northern Branch – catching up with children’s laureate Alison Lester and fabulous illustrator Sarah Davis

-Unleased Writers Festival in Sydney – loved speaking about the journey of writing with the audience

- post Unleashed Festival shared the book industry over dinner with publisher Paul Collins and author James Roy

- I’m the prize on e-bay for the UNLEASHED FESTIVAL!  Talented author Mo Johnson won me – well a mini mentorship!

- Caught up with Sue Meyer at the Francis Keevil Gallery to se Sue’s beautiful art

Elistein insanity photo- lunching with the fabulous authors Meredith Costain & Louise Park for Christmas cheer

- dinner with my wonderful publisher Lisa Berryman from HarperCollins to share news and my new book JACK 4 – yet untitled!

- coffee with Jesse Blackadder – love her last book STAY the last dog in Antartica -at The Hughenden  who’s down in Sydney for a minute meeting her publishers

- my darling friend Kim’s 40th birthday

- the Australian Publisher Association party – sooo good and caught up with the HarperCollins team there.

- speaking at my old school Daceyville’s Creative Writing Festival – aaahhhhh – memories

- Books in Homes committee meeting selecting books for indigenous & disadvantaged kids – great charity

- launching Margaret Roc’s ‘Jellybean Goes to School’ at the Lindfield Learning Hub – lots of jellybeans and love Margaret

- the SCBWI BOOK FAIR at The Hughenden with some of our best ever authors like Sopgie Masson. kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Deborah Abela and the lsit goes on.

- at the BOOK FAIR supporting ROOM TO READ www.roomtoread.org – loved seeing Jennie Orchard, Wendy Rapee, Cathy and Margaret and the Room to Read team.

- MC for Susan Wyndham’s talk on her book she edited and contributed to   ’My Mother. my Father’ (Allen & Unwin) with authors Margaret Rice and Gerard Windsor – such great wrietrs  at The Hughenden. Buy the book for Christmas.

Phew – that’s November!


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7. As an Author Ambassador for the National Year of Year – Spreading the Word – www.love2read.org

Always Jack by Susanne Gervay illustrated by Cathy Wilcox, endorsed by the NSW Cancer Council, Biggest Morning TeaLibraries, libraries, libraries – you’ve got to LOVE them.

They’re spreading the reading message and as an ambassador for The National Year of Reading, I’m speaking at writers’ festivals, book launches, libraries, schools, bookshops.


National Year of Reading, www.love2read.org




Here’s a snapshot of my May tours for The National Year of Reading  - www.love2read.org

4-6th May ~ Keynote at the Gloucester Writers festival –  www.gloucesterwritersfestival.com

6th May – Launch at Gloucester Festival  of   ‘Alien Shores’ an anthology of refugees narratives that reach into struggles, humour, life of finding home with authors including speaking Sharon Rundle and Andrew Kwong. I’ll be speaking about my story.

17th -18th May -Coff’s Harbour region speaking at schools and the Catholic Diocese of Lismore in Northern NSW Teacher-Librarian Conference

20th May – Melbourne for the launch of Alien Shores by the Human Rights QC Julian Burnside with authors, Arnold Zable, Sharon Rundle, Professor Meenakshi Bharat, Susanne Gervay at 6 p.m. Readings Bookstore Carlton. http://www.readings.com.au/review/alien-shores-by-sharon-rundle-meenakshi-bharat-eds

22nd May – Launching Alien Shores in Sydney at The Hughenden Hotel with authors Linda Jailin, Sophie Masson, Sharon Rundle, Rosie Scott with the Consul General of India www.thehughenden.com.au

23rd May- Randwick Library in Sydney for Simultaneous Reading Time where ambassadors will read to parents and littlies across Australia – can’t wait, it’s going to be gorgeous!  http://www.alia.org.au/nss/

24-May – Taree Library speaking about ‘Always Jack’ for the Biggest Morning Tea in support of the Cancer Council at Taree Library brought up by the Australian Library and Information Association

25th May -Halliday’s Point Library on North Coast NSW

28th May – speaking at 10 am in Warringah Library in Sydney’s Northern Beaches about my first picture book ‘Ships in the Field’.

29th May – Teacher Librarian Conference at Maroubra Junction Public School Sydney

That’s my MAY spreading the National Year of Reading Celebration of Books!

Love you to come along and chat to me, or log onto the www.lovetoread.org website and joi

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8. Berkelouw’s Bookshops to the rescue of ALIEN SHORES edited Sharon Rundle & Meenakshi Bharat

Sharon Rundle editor of 'Alien Shores' and Mabel Lee translator, launch of Alien Shores at The Hughenden Hotel WoollahraDesperately on Sunday morning at 9 am, I rang Berkelouw’s Bookshop Paddington and IGOR answered.

‘Help’ – I have a book launch of ‘Alien Shores’ at The Hughenden Hotel this afternoon except there are NO books for sale.

Igor organised the Berkelouws’ bookshops to help me out. I drove from Mona Vale, to Balgowlah to Rose Bay to Newtown collecting ‘Alien Shores’ books on the way.

The Book launch was saved – and all the books sold out at the event too!

The Consul General for India, editor Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle, authors Linda Jaivlin, Rosie Scott, David Malouf, Andrew Kwong, Mabel Lee, writers, readers and people packed the Hughenden sun lounge for readings that moved us about those who are dislocated by war and poverty to seek new lives.

Roanna Gonzales writer was the MC for the event.

It was a fantastic launch with sweet treats baked by The Hughenden chef and plenty of talking and celebrations.

Great little reviews in Sydney’s Sun Herald and Melbourne’s The Age:-

‘This collection is overall strong and affecting.’

Alien Shores edited by Sharon Rundle and Meenakshi Bharat published by Brass Monkey UQP, with stories by Linda Jaivlin, Amitav Ghosh, Susanne Geray, Arnold Zable, Andrew Kwong

Professor Meenakshi Bharat editor of 'Alien Shores' published by Brass Monkey

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9. Illustrator Showcase at Australia & NZ SCBWI Conference – National Year of Reading Partner

SCBWI Illustrator showcase, created by illustrator Lesley Vamos, at The Hughenden Hotel, SCBWI Australia and New Zealand ConferenceSCBWI Conference Talent, talent, talent – illustrators coming out of your ears and eyes – a feast of established and new illustrators are showcasing, speaking, sharing the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at The Hughenden in Sydney.

Showcase: Friday 29th June

Open to Industry 4.30-5.30p.m. for an exclusive viewing

14 Queen Street Woollahra

Lead by our brilliant Illustrator Coordinators:- Frane Lessac and Sarah Davis,

supported by the Illustrator committee – Lesley Vamos, Serena Geddes, Andrea Edmonds, Majorie Crosby-Fairall. Invitation created by Lesley Vamos.

Some of the brilliant illustrators showcasing and speaking:-

Nina Rycroft

Frane Lessac

Lesley Vamos

Lachlan Creagh

Majorie Crosby-Fairall

Sarah Davis

Betty Sargeant

Wendy Binks

Follow the SCBWI Conference Blog –   http://scbwiaustnzconferenceblog2012.blogspot.com.au

A National Year of Reading partnership with ambassadors for the NYR ambassadors Hazel Edwards, Frane Lessac, Deborah Abela, Christopher Cheng and Susanne Gervay are part of the SCBWI Conference.


SCBWI Illustrators, Lesley Vamos, Sarah Davis, Serena Geddes, The Hughenden

NINA Rycroft ilustrator, speaker at the SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference at The Hughenden

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10. SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Nearly here!!!

LOGO SCBWI CONFERENCE created by Lesley Vamos, at The Hughenden SydneyI’m flying back from the USA Convention where I launched ‘I AM JACK’ in the USA, to celebrate and network a the fabulous, fantastic, favourite – SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference in Sydney.

It’s going to be amazing with:-

- the best illustrator showcase ever with the best and brightest

- the best publishers and top agents

- amazing authors and illustrators

- NSW Writers Centre Kids and YA Literature Festival

-pitching and partying

and Meredith Costain author extraordinaire at the baby grand on Saturday night- bring allow your best singing

It’s a conferences of STARS – delegates and speakers !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Partner of National year of Reading – NSW Writers Centre and SCBWI with ambassadors of National year of Reading 2012 – Hazel Edwards, Deborah Abela, Frane Lessac, libby Gleeson, Christopher Cheng and Susanne Gervay.


Danielle Hastie illustrator, SCBWI Australia & New Zealand, The Hughenden SydneySarah Davis Fierce Little Woman, exhibited at The Hughenden, SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference


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11. Australian Society of Authors waltzes into Sculpture by the Sea Bondi

ASA retreat at The Hughenden, award winning children's author and poet Janeen BrianThe best ever picture book creators retreat was organised by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).

It was a total immersion in creativity, experience, friendship inspiring new works.


Sculpture by the Sea walk along the coast of Bondi to Bronte.

Tohby Riddle’s dinner talk about his brilliant new book – Unforgotten.

Award winning illustrator Bruce Whately’s workshop – he  is innovative and inspiring

Brett Whitely Studio on Sydney Harbour – Wendy Whitely welcomed the creators.

Dr Seuss Gallery near The Hughenden, in Paddington

Centennial Parklands’ inspiration.

Award winning illustrator Ann James’ critiques and guidance

Creative and fun dinners – loved the tapas night.

Lisa Stewart illustrator and musician entertained everyone with her violin – loved it.

There was so much talent there from Gabrielle Wang, Donna Gynell, Janeen Brian, Christina Booth …. and talent, talent, talent.

They came from Tasmania, South Australia, Melbourne … Sydney.

Congratulations to Laurine Croasdale who organised this brilliant retreat at The Hughenden.

Lisa Stewart illustrator, ASA Retreat at The Hughenden Hotel WoollahraLaurine Croasdale and Ann James, ASA Retreat at The Hughenden

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12. Remembering SCBWI author Louise Schofield


graham Hilton, author Louise Scholfield's husbane at The Hughenden, Susanne Gervayauthor Louise Schofield visiting Susanne Gervay at The Hughenden Hotel Woollahra          It  was special to see Louise Schofield’s husband Graham who flew in from Perth to catch up and stay at The Hughenden Hotel in Sydney.

We shared the joy of Louise living in the beautiful bush overlooking the dam and gardens, just outside Perth.

She loved their muscovy duck BALDRICK.

She loved writing and the Australian bush.

Author of 10 books including ‘Secrets of the Tingle Forest’ which won the WA Young Readers Book Award.

it has been a year since she lost the battle with cancer, but she’s always part of the Society of Book Writers & Illustrators Community SCBWI.

The 1st Louise Schofield for Outstanding Services to SCBWI WA was awarded to author Meg McKinlay.

Louise Scholfield writer at SCBWI Rottnest Isaland retreat WA.SCBWI Rottnest Island retreat WASunset at SCBWI retreat Rottnest Island WASCBWI Rottnest Retreat WA


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13. Stars of SCBWI Sparkle at the SCBWI Xmas party at The Hughenden

Nathan Luff, Wendy Blaxland authors at SCBWI Xmas at The Hughenden HotelSCBWI stars, stars, stars!!!!!!!

Starting with the Three Wise Writers – Nathan Luff, Deborah Abela, Wendy Blaxland – who came with ‘incense’ and song to the SCBWI Xmas Theatre sports.

It was a fabulous night of good food, good wine, good company of children’s writers and illustrators and publishers at The Hughenden Woollahra – and brilliant performances by Theatre Sports’ stars including:-

Sarah Foster publisher Walker Books

Sarah Davis illustrator

Marjorie Fairall-Crosby and more, more, more!

party at The Hughenden Woollahra, Sarah Foster Walker Books, Linsay KnightSCBWI Xmas party at the Hughenden Hotel, with Nathan Luff's Wise Writer's shoeNathan Luff, Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abela SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Xmas party at The HughendenSCBWI Xmas party , illustrator Sarah Davis, author Margaret Roc, author Mark Thomason, authorOliver Phommovanh, illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, at The Hughenden





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14. Come Along to Christmas Carols at Chiswick Gardens Woollahra – 5 p.m. Tues 11th December

Christmas at Chiswick Gardens WoollahraCome along to the beautiful Chiswick Gardens in Ocean Street Woollahra

All our welcome to the festivities with carols, barbecue, gifts and of course SANTA.

A silent auction with fabulous prizes from children’s books to dinner for 2.

I’ll be welcoming everyone from The Hughenden and community  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight.

Tuesday 11th December.

Opened by the Mayor of Woollahra Andrew Petrie.

Let’s make this a beautiful Christmas Carols.


Mrs Santa Claus Woollahra CarolsCarols at The Hughenden Woollahra


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15. Authors,Artists, Musicians,Launch of Hughenden Cafe Restaurant

Excited, with everyone being amazing - talented  Deborah Lacey-Smith creating the design of the Hughenden Cafe Restaurant. 

Kat Medina – who’s trained by Bill Granger and worked for Bill for nearly 9 years just walked  into The Hughenden and announced -  ’I'm here’.

Guess what? Kat is an artist, pyschologist and a chef who loves creating dishes.

I thought pasta was from the supermarket. No way – Kat creates from first principles. She  is so talent and a purist – everything is inspired by her creativity and soul. I love Kat.

The kalaga represents the heart of The Hughenden – created in Burma-Thailand from the goods brought by British traders during Victorian times. This exquisite tapestry inspired by Buddhism and Hindism - weaves elephants, birds, dragons into the fabric -  symbols of beauty, peace and hope.

Artists, writers, film makers, musicians, creators are part of it . It’s a natural home for thinkers and creators as Barzillai Quaife Australia’s first philosopher lived on Queen Street and watched his son Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife build The Hughenden.

Look for Dr Frederick Harrison Quaife’s portrait in the Victorian Rooms.

The Hughenden Cafe Restaurant is opening and it’s real, welcoming and creative. Just love to see you there.

From Susanne

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16. Storytellers’ Guild Christmas:Storyteller Anna Conomos Coming Soon to The Hughdenen

Storytelling in the Victorian Sun lounge at The Hughenden, over Devonshire Tea with scones straight out of the oven was a warm Christmas end to the year by the Storytellers’ Guild at The Hughenden.

 There were 8 storytellers including visiting Welsh storytellers. Loved Jo Henwood’s dramatic science fiction story and Sue Alvarez’s ‘fishy’ story!

Favourite story was the BIG Fir Tree who  wanted to be a Christmas Tree, but no one picked him because he was too big.

Then his friends in the forest secretly decorated the tree. He woke up and loved it. Then he realised that friends was the most important thing. 

Award winning storyteller ANNA CONOMOS is coming 13th February at The Hughenden.

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17. Psychic Susan Taylor, Author Felicity Pulman, Pianist Tom Marr~ another day at The Hughenden

Another day at The Hughenden:-

Felicity Pulman's Janna Mysteries, available Amazon, at The Hughenden Boutique Hotel Woollahra- a gathering of authors including Moya Simons, Vashi Farrer, Mary Small, Patricia Bernard to celebrate Felicity Pulman’s final 2 books in her historical romances Janna Mysteries  www.felicitypulman.com.au

- a meeting with Stephan Wellink the Executive Producer who is working on a feature film of my JACK books.

- lunch with Mara Williams in transit from a Feminist Conference in Adelaide stopping at The Hughenden before she heads home, the daughter of US author and friend Suzanne Morgan Williams www.suzannemorganwilliams@charter.net

- in it’s early stages, I read Suzanne’s manuscript of her moving expose of soldiers coming home to rural USA in the award winning  Bull Rider – Margaret K. McElderry Books

- dinner with my favourite psychic Susan Taylor who does readings at The Hughenden and is here for some media  www.susantaylor.com.au/

-  enjoying the music of pianist Tom Marr on the baby grand over dinner

- the famous Hughenden passionfruit souflee left everyone speechless!!!

Susanne Gervay author, Susan Taylor pyschic, Mara Williams, True Local journalist, The Hughenden Cafe Restaurant WoollahraThe Hughenden Cafe Restaurant passionfruit Souffle,enjoying with psychic Susan TaylorTom Marr pianist at The Hughenden Cafe Restaurant, WoollahraSusan Taylor pyschic, Becky Wicks author, The Hughenden Hotel lounge Woollahra


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18. PINK SUNDAY on Queen St. Supporting Breast Cancer Network ~ 16th October!!!!!!


Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Day, Queen Street Woollahra, 16 October in Queen Street, Susanne Gervay storytelling for Breast Cancer

A Celebration for All Children’s Activities Arts and

Crafts Information Stalls Trees of Life Pink Silhouettes

Prizes and Surprises Winners of Creative Art Exhibition

and Best Dressed Pink Window Display will be announced

FREE FUN FAMILY & FRIENDS ~ Come along ~16 October 11:00am-2:00pm
111 Queen Street & Dorhauer Lane, Woollahra KIDS & TEENS CREATIVE ART EXHIBITION
Celebrities with ~ 11:00am Official Opening by The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP,
Storytelling with Susanne Gervay, Creative Art Activities with Cyndi Freiman,
Belly Dancer & DJ and ~SHE IS THE KING 
~Award winning Female Elvis Tribute Artist, Jacqueline Feilich
Come along and join in the Sunday fun and support Mums, Kids and Community.
19. Celebrate at SCBWI (NSW) Christmas Party~The Hughenden 8th December

SCBWI Australia and New Zealand ogo by Frane Lessac, Susanne Gervay co RA SCBW, Chris Cheng co RA SCBWISCBWI LA 40th birthday party cakesEnd of year festive sharing and friendship  for SCBWI:-

Where: The Hughenden Boutique Hotel

Address: 14 Queen St, Woollahra

                  (Crossroad Oxford St – near Paddington Markets)

                  Parking on Queen Street or Oxford St

Time: 5-7 p.m. sharing news and views

            7- 10 p.m. Party with gourmet pizza and nibbles 

Cost:  $25 plus buy your own drinks

Booking: reservations@thehughenden.com.au

PH; 02 9363 4863

Cat hanging from the ceiling, at illustrator frane lessac and author Mark Grennwood's Freo home, Fremantle, SCBWI Writing Retreat Rottnest Island Perth, Illustrator Coordinator Frane LessacGary Paulsen master storyteller with more than 200 books, Coretta SCott King Awards, SCBWI International LA Conference

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20. Let’s Make 2012 Fantastic -National Year of Reading,Room to Read,Books in Homes, Alannah & Madeline Foundation,Cancer Council,Monkey Baa Theatre,SCBWI, NSW Writers Centre

National Year of Reading 2012 with Ambassador Susanne GervayLooking forward to a year where we can be part of a world community promoting literacy in developing counties like Room to Read – www.roomtoread.org or in Australia like Books in Homes www.biha.org.au

It’s the National Year of Reading which is launched February 14 in libraries across Australia. Call your library and find out how you can celebrate.

I’ll be at the State Library in Macquarie Street Sydney as an Ambassador for the National Year of Reading.

The Cancer Council’s Relay for Life is a community celebration of those living with cancer and working towards its eradication. Join in – walk the circuit, barbecue those sausages, enjoy the bands and festivities in your local area.

Writers can pursue their inspirations – participate in your Writers Centre, Children’s Book Council,  SCBWI – see the meetings across Australia.

I’ll be running the SCBWI events at The Hughenden Hotel in Sydney and am Festival Director of the Kids and young Adult Literature Festival 30th June at the NSW Writers Centre – come along.

Support the brilliant Monkey Baa Theatre which adapts the best in Australian children’s literature – www.monkeybaa.com.au

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation working against school bullying – love them.

So many fantastic things to do, enjoy and celebrate.

Let’s make 2012 count.

SCBWI Australia and New Zealand logo by Frane Lessac, leaders of SCBWI Australia and New Zealand, Susanne Gervay, Chris Cheng, Frane Lessac, Corrine Fenton,Dianne Wolfer, Sheryl Gwyther, Prue Mason, Tina Marie Clark, Pamela Rushby, France Plumpton

 'Always Jack' supports The Cancer Council, Relay for Life

21. SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Coming~ 29th June Sydney ~ partnering The National Year of Reading 2012

SCBWI International Conference 17-19 Sept 2010 at Hughenden, authors Chris Cheng, Susanne Gervay, Wendy Fitzgerald, Oliver Phommavaanh, Karen RobertsonWatch out for the announcement in the next few weeks.

Check out the SCBWI Australia and new Zealand facebook pagewebsite.

It’s a first come first served basis – so when it opens you need to book quickly as it’s a small intimate conference Australia wide and new Zealand.

Some tid bits:-

Jill Corcoran literary agent from the Herman Agency New Yorkmaximum of 100 delegates.

Major Australian publishers have come on board including Lisa Berryman HarperCollins, Laura Harris Penguin, Zoe Walton Random House, Sarah Foster Walker Books …..

jan Latta SCBWI Australia and new Zealand at The HughendenThere are wonderful authors and illustrators coming including Sally Murphy, France Lessac, Pamela Rushby, Meredith Costain, Hazel Edwards …. have a great time with the children’s writing community …. more news coming soon.

National Year of Reading 2012, Ambassadors  Frane Lessac, Susanne Gervay, Hazel Edwards, Chris Cheng, Deb Abela, Libby Hathornhe National Year of reading, wwwlove2read.org


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22. Author Wendy Blaxland at SCBWI The Hughenden

authors Wendy Blaxland, lindy Batchelor, Wendy Fitzgerald at SCBWI talk, The Hughenden Hotel WoollahraWendy knows so much from the first idea to publication.

Non fiction involves a lot of research which Wendy LOVES but which you need to be careful not to overwhelm you. 

She’s one of our most successful non fiction children’s authors.

Love her Cooking around the world series!!

Great to see Wendy Fitzgerald there, President of the Northern branches of the Children’s Book Council. it’s going from strength to strength. 

Great to see author Nathan Luff who has just been published in Germany there.

Great to see Jan Latta, Andrea Edmonds, Mark Thomasonauthor Wendy Blaxland at The Hughenden Woollahrand others at this seminar.

Authors and illustrators at SCBWI event at The Hughenden Hotel Sydney

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