Suzanne McCourt grew up in a fishing village on the South Australian coast, the setting for her debut novel The Lost Child (Text, 2014), which was longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in journals and won prizes. The Last Taboo: A Love Story, shared first prize in the 2016 Griffith Review Novella Competition. Suzanne’s second novel, set in Poland and Russia, is now with her publisher. She received a 2017 Varuna Residential Fellowship to further this project. She blogs at ‘The Essential Mirror’, www.suzannemccourt.com.au/blog.
After losing her beloved dog, Suzanne and photographer, Peter Derrett, OAM, produced a series of gift books on the wise and wonderful ways of old dogs. She has also introduced the Story Dogs Literacy Program into more than 50 Melbourne primary schools and continues to expand its reach with over 80 trained volunteers and their dogs. Over the years, she 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.
Mother of two and grandmother to one beautiful boy, Suzanne now lives close to the bay in suburban Melbourne. She recently amazed herself by becoming a local lifesaver. When she’s not walking the new dog, she likes to get out on her kayak: once a pod of dolphins played with her for almost an hour.