Susannah Crispe is an award-winning Australian children's author and illustrator, with a passion for animals, art and adventure.
Susannah was born in Wellington, New Zealand but grew up in Australia. Her favourite thing to do is travel and explore; highlights include polar bear spotting at the North Pole, canoeing down the Amazon River, ghost hunting in New Orleans, and encountering ancient gods deep in a Bolivian mine. She studied art history and zoology at university and enjoys volunteering with native wildlife throughout Australia. She worked in museums and bookstores for many years, until discovering her true passion for creating books.
Susannah writes and illustrates her books from a light-filled studio in Canberra, drawing inspiration from her adventurous son, cluttered bookshelves and the world beyond her windows. As an illustrator, she works in watercolour and digital collage to produce beautiful scenes brimming with detail. Her books include: Where the Heart Is, Cookie, Under the Moonlight, Swoop, and Cloudspotting. She is a member of the following secret literary societies: SCBWI, ASA, CKT, CBCA, CBI and the Duck Pond.
Susannah is available for school and preschool author/illustrator visits, festivals and events. Rates are based on the Australian Society of Authors recommendations (lower rates for preschools). Susannah incorporates storytelling, insights into the writing and illustration process, drawing demonstrations or assistance with a craft activities. Please contact Susannah for a quote.
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PRIZES & AWARDS
Winner - 2022 Endies - Endpaper Awards for Swoop, the 'Variations on a Theme' Award
Shortlist - Larrikin House Picture Book Competition 2022 for manuscript Frank (WT)
Winner - ACT Notable Awards Children's Small Press 2021 for Where the Heart Is, written by Irma Gold
3rd Place - Forevability Book Awards 2021 for Cookie, written by Isabelle Duff
Winner - Creative Kids Tales 2020 Writing Competition for manuscript Under the Moonlight
Winner - ASA Style File Illustration Award Mentorship 2019 for manuscript and storyboard of Under the Moonlight
MEDIA AND PODCASTS
Article on Cloudspotting: Canberra Weekly - Mar 2023
Podcast on Swoop: Living Arts Canberra - Nov 2022
Podcast on Cookie: Living Arts Canberra - Oct 2021