Suzanne McCourt grew up in a fishing village on the South Australian coast, the setting for her debut novel The Lost Child (Text Publishing, 2014), which was longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. Her novella, The Last Taboo: A Love Story, shared first prize in the 2016 Griffith Review Novella Competition. Suzanne’s new novel, The Tulip Tree, is set against the background of Poland’s tragic and tumultuous relationship with Russia. It will be published by Text Publishing in June 2021. 

After losing her beloved dog, Brando, Suzanne and photographer, Peter Derrett, OAM, produced a series of gift books on the wise and wonderful ways of old dogs. She also introduced the Story Dogs Literacy Program into Victorian primary schools, an innovative program that helps children improve their literacy by reading to dogs. Over the years, Suzanne has travelled extensively, spending long summers on a canal boat in France and sailing through Pacific waters with her husband, enjoying their shared love of the sea. She considers running a marathon as one of her greatest achievements. Now she walks.

Mother of two and grandmother to one beautiful boy, Suzanne lives close to the bay in suburban Melbourne. She is an inveterate collector of found objects—birds’ nests, Barbie dolls, seedpods, skeleton bones. When she’s not walking her poodles, Barney and Louis, she likes to swim, read, grow orchids and get out on her kayak: once a pod of dolphins played with her for almost an hour.

Photograph by Alan Cole

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