Susanne Gervay OAM


I write so that whatever faces young people, be it bullying, migration, family conflict, cancer, disability, war, they can dance and life is OK. They can be all that they want to be. 

Susanne Gervay OAM

Susanne’s daily life is the promotion of literature, literacy, heritage through her writing, advocacy for social justice and the restoration of The Hughenden c1870s which today is a home for literature and the arts. As the daughter of post war refugees, the re-establishment of The Hughenden in Australian life, her writing and work in literacy, is a testament to those immigrants who found home in Australia. Susanne is commmited to the writing community where she is Chair of the Board of the NSW Writers’ Centre; Ambassador for Room to Read bringing literacy to the children of the developing world; Role Model for Books in Homes taking books to indigenous and disadvantaged children. As a specialist in child growth and development, writer and children’s author, her books give a voice to young people and open positive communication in families and in the community.

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: The Hughenden, Woollahra, Sydney

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