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“Hi, my name’s Susanne Gervay. I’m a children’s and young adult author and I also write adult short stories.
One of my most renowned books I guess is a rite of passage book called I Am Jack. It’s become the major text on anti-school bullying and I’m rather proud of that … especially since my son was bullied. It has two other books. One is called Super Jack and one’s called Always Jack, which has just come out. Always Jack carries the Cancer Council Yellow Daffodil which I’m really proud of. And I wrote it for my kids and for all those out there who face cancer, both parents and children and families.
Mum presses her lips together. ‘I’m going to be all right.’ She shuffles back into the lounge. ‘I’m all right. The tests show I have -.’ Mum puts her arms around Samantha. ‘We can work it out.’ She slips out the words. ‘It’s breast cancer.’
We’re looking at Mum. I don’t know what she means.
‘It’s all right. It’ll be all right … good doctors … the mammogram … caught early … best treatment …’ I’m trying to work out what Mum’s saying, but her words jump all over the place. Breast cancer? Suddenly my head is spinning, my gut shrivels. I don’t get it. Cancer. What’s Mum talking about? She said she had a migraine. That’s what she said. That’s why she went to the doctor. Mum’s got a migraine.
‘Breast cancer has good treatments,’ Mum says. Stop talking Mum. Stop talking. Samantha’s crying. Mum’s hugging her. Samantha’s sobbing now. The whole lounge fills with Samantha’s sobs. I look at Mum’s face and she is crying too/ Mum’s a liar, a liar. She has a migraine. There’s a wedding. Nanna’s got a walking stick. Christopher and I won a prize, my experiments … Suddenly the sky is crashing down. I bend over and press my face into my hands.
I don’t know when Rob sat next to me, but he’s rubbing my back and talking. ‘We’re a family. We’ll work this out, Jack.’
I look up at him. It’s hard to speak. ‘But it’s cancer, Rob.’ I can’t live without Mum. None of us can live without Mum.”
ABOUT SUSANNE GERVAY:
Susanne Gervay is one of Australia’s leading children’s and young adult authors. Her bestselling anti-school bullying novel I Am Jack is endorsed by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Life Education Australia, Room to Read and many organisations. It has been adapted into an acclaimed play by the premiere children’s theatre company, Monkey Baa Theatre. It has been followed by Super Jack and in 2010 Always Jack. Always Jack has recently received the Australian Family Therapists’ Award and the Society of Women Writers Biennial Book Award and carries yellow daffodil as a rare endorsement by The Cancer Council. Her JACK books are currently being adapted into a feature film. Susanne’s young adult novel Butterflies, recognised as outstanding youth literature on disability, has just been published in the USA. Susanne Gervay is recognized for her writing on social justice. Her ‘Days of Thailand’ in the anthology Fear Factor, Terror Incognito sits alongside Sir Salman Rushdie, David Malouf and Thomas Keneally. She represented Australia with her story To East Timor, in IBBY, UNICEF anthology Peace Story, as one of 22 youth stories written for peace from 22 countries.
Susanne Gervay is a national and international speaker, co-head of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Australia, Chair of the board of NSW Writers Centre, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Australia Day Ambassador, Ambassador for Room to Read, Ambassador for The National Year of Reading 2012, awarded UTS Outstanding Professional Achievement Award and Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature and an OAM for children’s literature and professional organisations.
For more information about Susanne’s writing visit her website at http://sgervay.com;
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/sgervay
Conversations Richard Fidler – www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/11/15/3066754.htm
“I received a fellowship at Varuna at the beginning of my writing career. As I worked in Eleanor Dark’s retreat in the garden, I had time to reflect. As I shared conversation in the lounge with writers, I had time to share. As I lived the Varuna life, I felt for the first time that I was a real writer. Thank you.” Susanne Gervay
That’s Why I Wrote This Song with lyrics and music by Tory Gervay
The Cave, HarperCollins IBSN 0 207 19814 4
Butterflies, HarperCollins, IBSN 0 207 19850 0
Shadows of Olive Trees
I Am Jack
Jamie’s A Hero
Ships in the Field illustrated by Anna Pignataro
Fear Factor: Terror Incognito editors Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle
Alien Shores editors Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle
Adult Short Stories
Widely published in literary journals including Quadrant, Southerly, Mattoid and others.
Rick Raftos Literary Agent
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