About SusanSusan Boyer is a contemporary Australian author and currently has over twenty non-fiction titles in print. She has a background in English Language and Literacy teaching, and a passion for Australian colonial history. Her publications, including her narrative non-fiction Australian history title, Across Great Divides: True Stories of Life at Sydney Cove, are available in bookstores throughout Australia. Her books are also distributed internationally and most are available as eBooks.
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Susan began her writing and publishing career unintentionally. After graduating with Distinction from a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and cultural studies in 1995, she began teaching English language and literacy at TAFE NSW. Seeing the lack of Australian material available for students and teachers, she decided to address the issue by developing her own lesson content in response to her students’ needs and interests.
Her most popular lessons were those on everyday themes such as ‘Visiting the Doctor’, ‘Socialising at a Barbecue’, and ‘Worrying about Money’. Each topic introduced ‘everyday’ expressions students would encounter in mainstream Australian society with a focus on idioms and colloquialisms as opposed to ‘slang’. Each topic included listening, reading and writing exercises, a focus on understanding grammar and speaking practice, through realistic interactions. Positive feedback from students and teachers (and her completion of a Master of Arts, Language and Literacy at UTS) prompted her to think about submitting her material for publication.
After responses from ‘mainstream’ international publishers suggesting the Australian market was ‘too small’, Susan decided to publish the material herself.
In 1998, under the business name Boyer Educational Resources, Susan and partner, Len, produced their first publication: Understanding Everyday Australian. This became the first of many English literacy support resources. Now Boyer Educational Resources publishes resources for an international market.
In 2011, Susan produced her twentieth title, People in Australia’s Past: Their Stories, Their Achievements (a storybook, a language workbook and audio narration of the stories) which combined her love of writing and Australian history.Read less
After publishing 'Across Great Divides: True Stories of Life at Sydney Cove' (2013) through Birrong Books, Susan received positive feedback from teachers about its content linking closely with Australian Curriculum history units. In response she has written a young reader edition with the title 'Stories of Life at Sydney Cove'. She has also developed free teaching downloads, including listening activities for use in classrooms and is currently developing a 'Resource Book' for 'Stories of Life at Sydney Cove' for purchase. See a review of ‘Stories of Life at Sydney Cove’ on Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time website.
Susan now enjoys visiting schools for storytelling sessions sharing the true stories in her books as they relate to the new Australian Curriculum. She also participates in Reading Australia's 'Authors in Schools' program. In 2018, due to funding from Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, Susan will focus on a new project, visiting schools in regional areas for storytelling sessions linking to content of the Australian History Curriculum. Click to download information about Susan Boyer's school visits.
Susan’s current research relates to the next book in her Australian history series, which continues the story of Bennelong as he sails back through Sydney Heads on his return from England and three long years away from his homeland. The book also relates the ongoing stories of convict experiences, the discoveries of explorers such as Matthew Flinders and frontier encounters in remote places such as Van Diemens Land (modern day Tasmania). It recounts the struggles, challenges and escapades of all those involved in the colony’s development, told through the words of those who lived them.