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Jean Genies Celebrity Authors

In order of special guest appearence:

Susanne Gervay

Susanne is a recipient of many awards including the prestigious CBD Lady Cutler Award. Susanne has made a difference to our library in many ways - sharing her precious time to provide a creative writing workshop, celebrating youth with the Villians and Heroes event and returned for the Central Coast launch of her new young adult novel, Thats Why I Wrote this Song.

Notable and memorable novels addressing important issues such as in Butterflies, and the Jack Series have given susanne an international reputation. Susanne has invited us to share her friendship with many of her talented Australian and International authors and illustrators involved in SCWIBI. As a state ambassador for the National Year of Reading we are thrilled that she will co-launch our Jean Genies program in 2012.


Brian Caswell

What more can we say about an author who has been recognised in Australia and overseas for the depth and quality of his work?

His novels are used in classrooms all over Australia and have been translated in several languages. The prelude to A Cage of Butterflies is just the best writing! Our Tangents bookclub members have enjoyed Brian's visits where he shares widsdom and wit with the group.

It was a great pleasure for us to invite Brian, a Central Coast resident, to become the patron of our Early Literacy Program, Gosford City Reads.

Aside from writing a literacy development program, Brain is happy to join us for some fun. The launch of our 2008-2009 Surf the Shelves program was greatly enhanced by that Hawaiian shirt!! and Brian's encouraging words to the students.


Christopher Cheng

Christopher is a brave man. He accepted the challenge to star as a celebrity guest author at our 2009 Beach Party. After a delicious lunch wth literary minded friends, Christopher really impressed a large group of Year 5 & 6 students at Gosford Public School, sharing stories from Zoomobile.

Then we collected our towels and headed for Kincumber. The council lifeguards helped set the scene with rescue equiptment and Christopher joined in the shark rescue and dolphin racing games. An animal man from way back on the Zoomobile, Christopher tamed the young people with smooth talk, and the large pizza serving helped too. Thanks for making the night a huge success and there have been requests for a return visit. As a National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading, Christopher will be co-launching our 2012 Jean Genies program at Erina Library in February.


Felicity Pulman

What a campion and a nice lady! Felicity supported our first Jean Genies launch at Manly library in early 2008. In August, Felicity joined the ever growing troupe of authors making tracks to the sunny Central Coast.

After a pleasant lunch and a successful high school visit, Felicity joined us as our celebrity guest author for our first Jean Genies 'Welcome Home Party!'

Author of two popular series and several stand alone novels, Felicity's titles are on both NSW and Victorian Premiers' Reading lists. Many teen readers will enjoy her mixture of history and mystery.

Jeni Mawter

Jeni is such a 'so' cool author. Bryce, Mio, Tong and twins Clem and Dary are THE FREEWHEELERS. In both her major series Jeni has created fun novels that junior readers can enjoy.

On her visit to Gosford, Jeni entertained a large audience at St Patricks and East Gosford. Her humour is amazing - the students were enthralled as we shared the writing and publishing process. In the evening we rocked over to Kincumber to welcome home jeans. Jeni has returned to Gosford in sharing her brand of humour during Bookweek.


Deb Abela

Similar to her main characters, Deb is a hard woman to keep still! How can we take that photo? What a thrill for Our Lady of the Rosary Wyoming, Year 6.

Supporting our Surf the Shelves program, Deb accepted our invitation and survived a busy rainy day. For Soccer Fans see the Jasper Zammit titles.

The Max Remy series has been translated into several languages including a cool Japanese version.

During 2011 we made some cool craft based on the stories and gadgets in the series. Congratulation on the news that "The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen" has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Best Children's Book of the Year 2010 AND listed as a Notable title on the CBCA Book of the Year 2010.


Laurine Crosdale

Laurine has had a very interesting career and has combined her publishing experience with authorship.

A keen beach person, her novels for young adults on the surf scene are well researched.

Surf School and Surf Sisters reflect a female, Australian perspective. Students at Lisarow and Kariong High Schools have enjoyed Laurine's interesting presentations.

Here on the Central Coast she found many fascinated readers who shared her interest at Terrigal when she helped launch the 2009 Surf the Shelves summer reading program. Council Lifeguards added to our presentation focusing on beach safety. In 2011 Laurine also assisted in presenting prizes at our Surf Reflections competition.


Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver launched the 2010 Jean Genies program.

What a fun night with over twenty teenage pirates rollicking around Kincumber library. It was Oliver's first outing as an emerging author. After a hearty lunch he managed a successful 'writing tips' session at Erina Library before setting sail for Kincumber. The treasure seekers enjoyed a chat with Oliver between games and some nautical nibbles. Oliver's first novel Thai-riffic was just launched, then ConNerd.. But wait there's more!

Oliver returned late in 2010 to launch Surf the Shelves at East Gosford Public School and Our Lady Star of the Sea, where we saw Oliver's complete comedy routine. WOW. Beware - you will laugh!


Sue Whiting

Fabulous Australian author, and publisher Sue Whiting carved up the Central Coast with her visit to Gosford Library to launch the summer reading program Surf the Shelves. Umina Highschool junior campus was the first stop in the day with two enthusiastic English classes sharing stories and some great writing tips. After an overview of character development in her latest novel, Get a Grip Cooper Jones, Sue then reviewed the original theme and how novels develop.

After a quick Library tour and lunch we cruised to Star of the Sea, Terrigal where 70 excited year 5 students were primed for the launch. Sue wiped out the crowd with funny, freaky and furry tales from her repertoire. Students were pumped as the time came to offically launch Surf the Shelves. Riding the high tide of excitment Sue led the students into a mass surfing pose then promptly dropped headlong into the wave of arms.