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Sheryl Gwyther


Presenter Info

Sheryl Gwyther is an award-winning Queensland author of historical/adventure novels, chapter books, short stories and school plays. Her works include Secrets of Eromanga, a novel set on an outback fossil dig, Charlie & the Red Hot Chilli Pepper, Princess Clown, Ali Berber & the Forty Grains of Salt, The Black-out Box and dozens of short stories and school plays in The School Magazine.

A veteran researcher, Sheryl has worked on Australia’s largest sauropod dinosaur dig, failed as a juggler, tried to learn the violin, ate the hottest chilli ever and less dangerous deeds … all in the name of creating great stories.

Sweet Adversity, her new historical adventure novel for 10-14 year olds, is set during the worst year of the Great Depression. There, Sheryl found her brave but vulnerable 13-year-old hero, Addie, a Shakespeare-quoting cockatiel called Macbeth, a tribe of lost children and a pair of dastardly villains to chill your bones.

Sheryl’s awards include two ASA Mentorships, two May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowships, a SCBWI International Work-of-Outstanding-Progress Grant and a RA Marketing Grant, both for ‘Sweet Adversity’.

Sheryl also presents writing workshops and book talks in schools and libraries.

Presentation Info

Writing stories set in the distant past is both fun and challenging – especially immersing young readers into worlds of yesteryear; creating inspiring, memorable story characters; making authentic settings, and a sense of historical events without ‘info-dumping’. 
Sheryl Gwyther will use SWEET ADVERSITY, her recent historical adventure novel set in the 1930’s Great Depression to demonstrate these skills. 


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