Berry Writers Festival - 25 - 27 October 2024Berry Writers Festival 2024 - 25-27 October 2024
Because words matter

Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Watchful WifeThe Teacher’s Secret and The Deceptions, and winner of the Nib People’s Choice Prize. Her debut novel for junior readers, Running with Ivan, is a 2024 CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards, and the ARA Historical Novel Prize.

A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is an experienced facilitator at community, corporate and literary events. She is the founder of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed book club, connecting readers online.


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The Berry Writers Festival acknowledges the Dharawal and Dhurga language-speaking groups who are traditional owners of this area. We acknowledge their customs and culture, which have nourished, and continue to nourish, this land. And we extend our respects to Elders, past, present, and future.

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Berry Writers Festival Partner: BundanonDymocks books & giftsSouth Coast Property StylingBerry Writers Festival Partner: South Coast Writers Centre