Susannah Crispe

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Forevability Book Awards 2021 - 3rd Place for Cookie

Creative Kids Tales 2020 Writing Competition - Winner

2019 ASA Style File Illustration Award Mentorship


Podcast interview Living Arts Canberra - April 2022

Podcast interview: Living Arts Canberra - October 2021

Podcast interview: Living Arts Canberra - June 2021

Podcast interview: The Unlocked Creative - December 2020

Susannah Crispe is an Australian children's book author and illustrator. Her first two books as illustrator were published in 2021, and first as author-illustrator published in 2022. 

Susannah was born in Wellington, New Zealand but spent her childhood in Bowral, Australia. She has lived overseas and travelled extensively - highlights include polar bear spotting in Svalbard, canoeing in the Amazon and getting chased through a Patagonian bog in the dark by some sort of vigilante plover. She studied art history and zoology at university and volunteered with native wildlife throughout Australia. She worked in museums and bookstores for about 15 years, until discovering her true passion for creating books.


Her stories are filled with heart and humour, exploring emotions, inspiring joy and curiosity. As an illustrator, she works primarily in watercolour and digital collage to produce beautiful scenes brimming with detail. Her layouts are dynamic, her spreads are a delightful mix of drama and gentle comedy. She is a member of the following secret literary societies: SCBWI, ASA, CKT, CBCA and the Duck Pond.

Susannah works from her glorious home studio in Canberra; drawing inspiration and support from her rambunctious four year old son, step daughters, super-husband and the cutest dog in the world.