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Susannah Crispe is an award-winning Australian illustrator and author. She creates beautiful, tonal scenes brimming with detail. Her stories are filled with adventure, heart and humour; exploring emotions and inspiring joy.


Susannah - originally from New Zealand - grew up in a large country town in Australia. While at school, she was told she should stick to art, as she was no good at writing, so she takes great pleasure in being able to call herself a published author. She majored in art history and world religions in her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and went on to study zoology and entomology at the University of New England. Instead of getting a job in any of the aforementioned fields, Susannah alternated between travelling the world, and working in bookshops.

Susannah Crispe

Her adventures had her dodging piranhas and caimans as she canoed the Amazon River, and following in the footsteps of polar bears across Arctic sea ice. She has encountered ancient gods deep under the ground, visited fossilised sea caves at the top of soaring mountains, climbed glaciers and volcanoes, and gone ghost hunting in almost every city she's visited.


Susannah is passionate about animals, art and adventure, and she brings that passion to her picture books. 


Susannah writes and illustrates her books from a light-filled studio in Canberra, drawing inspiration from her wild son, cluttered bookshelves and the world beyond her windows. Her books include: Where the Heart Is, Cookie, Under the MoonlightSwoop, Cloudspotting and The Real Cowgirl.

Susannah is available for school author/illustrator visits. Rates are based on the Australian Society of Authors recommendations. Susannah incorporates storytelling, insights into the writing and illustrating processes, drawing demonstrations or craft activities into her workshops. 



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Did you know,  as well as being able to buy signed copies of my books in my online shop, many of the artworks from my books are also available as prints?

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Winner - 2022 Endies - Endpaper Awards for Swoop, 'Variations on a Theme'


Shortlist - Larrikin House Picture Book Competition 2022: Frank (WT)

Winner - ACT Notable Awards Children's Small Press 2021: Where the Heart Is

3rd Place - Forevability Book Awards 2021: Cookie

Winner - Creative Kids Tales 2020 Writing Competition: Under the Moonlight

Winner - ASA Style File Illustration Award Mentorship 2019: Under the Moonlight


Review of Cloudspotting: Kids' Book Review - May 2023

Review of Cloudspotting: Story Links - April 2023

Article on Cloudspotting: Canberra Weekly - March 2023 

Review of Cloudspotting: Living Arts Canberra - March 2023

Article on Cloudspotting: The Canberra Times - March 2023

Article on Swoop: The Canberra Times - December 2022

Podcast on Swoop: Living Arts Canberra - Nov 2022

Review of Swoop: Living Arts Canberra - October 2022

Review of Swoop: Kids' Book Review - September 2022

Review of Swoop: Better Reading - September 2022

Review of Swoop: Kathryn Beilby from Read Plus - September 2022

Review of Under the Moonlight: CBCA Reading Time - August 2022

Article on Under the Moonlight: The Canberra Times - June 2022

Review of Under the Moonlight: Better Reading - May 2022

Podcast on Under the Moonlight: Living Arts Canberra - April 2022

Review of Under the Moonlight: Queensland Reviewers Collective - April 2022

Review of Under the Moonlight: Story Links - April 2022

Review of Under the Moonlight: Living Arts Canberra - April 2022

Review of Cookie: Schooldays Magazine - November 2021

Review of Cookie: Kids' Book Review - November 2021

Review of Cookie: Buzzwords - November 2021

Review of Cookie: Dim's Write Stuff - October 2021

Podcast on Cookie: Living Arts Canberra - October 2021

Review of Cookie: Living Arts Canberra - October 2021

Review of Cookie: NZ Booklovers - October 2021

Review of Where the Heart Is: Schooldays Magazine - July 2021

Article on Where the Heart Is: South Sydney Herald - July 2021

Article on Where the Heart Is: The Canberra Times - July 2021

Review of Where the Heart Is: Kids' Book Review - June 2021

Podcast on Where the Heart Is: Living Arts Canberra - Jun 2021

Review of Where the Heart Is: Living Arts Canberra - June 2021

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