Children’s and young adult author Sue Lawson is available to visit schools and festivals to run author talks, workshops or conduct interviews or facilitate author panel discussions. Sue is also available for virtual events.

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Author Sue Lawson

Children and Young Adult Author Sue Lawson

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Sue Lawson is an award-winning author who is passionate about encouraging young people’s love of writing and reading.

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Sue Lawson is an award-winning young adult and children’s author, with a passion for young people, writing and reading. Her books are recognized for the sensitive way they explore the exciting and heartbreaking complexities of adolescence.

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Award-winning author Sue Lawson is passionate about encouraging young people’s love of writing and reading.

Her books, including Pan’s Whisper and Freedom Ride, are recognized for the sensitive way they explore the exciting and heartbreaking complexities of adolescence.

Sue also writes with Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Fay Muir, creating books that explore and celebrate Australia’s First Nations’ people and their rich culture and history. Aunty Fay and Sue’s books include Nganga and Respect.

A former teacher and journalist, Sue spent nearly 20 years in radio, working for both ABC and commercial stations. She currently writes full-time, runs workshops, author talks and facilitates literary interviews and festivals.

In her spare time, she hangs out at stationery stores, follows AFL footy and listens to music.

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Award-winning author Sue Lawson has long had a fascination for stories and how history shapes our world.

As a child she spent her time on the family farm avoiding cattle work by listening to music, reading, writing and obsessing over Aussie Rules football. These days Sue has added stationery to her list of obsessions.

Sue writes picture, middle grade, young adult and non-fiction books. Her books are recognized for the sensitive way they explore the exciting and heartbreaking complexities of childhood and adolescence.

Sue’s books include young adult novels Pan’s Whisper and the critically acclaimed, Freedom Ride, based on Australia’s 1965 Freedom Ride. Original Freedom Rider Ann Curthoys described the novel as “a brilliant evocation of the racism in Australia of the 1960s…”

Sue is currently working with Boonwurrung Elder Fay Muir creating books that explore and celebrate Australia’s First Nations’ people and their rich culture and history. Aunty Fay and Sue’s books include Nganga and Respect.

A former teacher and journalist, Sue spent nearly 20 years in radio, working for both ABC and commercial stations. She’s also been a swimming teacher and book seller and even worked at the MCG. Sue currently writes full-time, runs workshops and author talks and facilitates literary interviews and festivals.

Sue has a Masters of Literature and Writing and is passionate about encouraging young people to read and write creatively. Her author talks are lively and inspiring, given students faith in their abilities.