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The Indescribable Truth: Introducing the Holocaust to Young Readers

The horror of the Holocaust continues to shock generations who question how such unfathomable evil could have existed, and hope the call for ‘never again’ is heeded. When is the ‘right’ time to expose a young reader to the Shoah? And how does a writer tread the tightrope between triggering nightmares or awareness? Susanne Gervay and Dee White, answer these questions in discussion with Diane Murray.

The Panellists

Diane Murray (Chair)

Diane is an interior architect and writer who designs offices by day but writes and reads historical fiction at night. Her recent novel, Printer’s Ink, the biography of Australian newspaper pioneer Marion Leathem and the accompanying exegesis, Unreal Truths: The Lies in Every Story investigate the impact of historical biography on the writer’s unconscious mind and the intriguing psychological transferences which occur between a writer and her subject. Previously a former Deputy Chair of the NSW Writer’s Centre, Diane has been on the executive committee of the HNSA since 2014. Diane was awarded her PhD in 2016. For further information:

Susanne Gervay

Awarded Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award, Order of Australia, nominee for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, you’ll find Susanne in Istanbul speaking on NO bullying; advocating for UN Vision2020 sight campaign with ‘The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses’ (Vision Australia). Susanne’s loved books include ‘I Am Jack books’ (bullying); ‘Butterflies’ (disability), ‘Shadows of Olive Trees’ (historical novel on second rise of feminism); peace picture book Elephants Have Wings; ‘Heroes of the Secret Underground’ empowering youth to become heroes. Committed to the children’s book industry, she heads the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (ANZ), patron Monkey Baa Theatre, ambassador Room to Read. For further information:

Dee White

Dee White is the author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Beyond Belief, inspired by the true story of Muslims at a Paris mosque who saved Jewish children during WWII was a CBCA Notable book, a Crystal Kite finalist and a finalist from 1400 entries in the Screencraft 2021 Cinematic Book competition. Dee has presented workshops and talks throughout Australia and overseas including the Amsterdam SCBWI Europolitan Conference and 2018 Sharjah International Book Fair. Her current WIP is inspired by the true story of a 15 year-old boy who escaped over the Berlin Wall. For further information:



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