After moving to Melbourne in 1981, poet and children's writer Sherryl Clark attended a creative writing class at the Footscray Women's Learning Centre. The Footscray writing class developed into the writing group, Western Women Writers. The group established the women's poetry magazine Poetrix (1993 - ) which Clark co-edited. After studying Arts at Deakin University, Clark worked for community writing projects, teaching writing workshops including self publishing. She was a member of Victorian Community Writers and Writing and also the Publishing Officer at Footscray Community Arts Centre. From the late 1990s Clark taught writing in the Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) at Holmesglen TAFE and at Victoria University.
With the encouragement of Meredith Costain (q.v.) Clark began writing for children in 1996.
Clark coedited anthologies of women's autobiographical writing, Keeping the Home Fires Burning (1997) with Margaret Campbell and Tracey Rolfe, and In Our Time (1996) with Margaret Campbell. She also wrote books on writing, including Successful Self-Publishing (1997) and works for the children's educational series Crackers and Buzzwords
For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).
'It's 1900 and Rose lives with her family in a big house in Melbourne. She wants to play cricket and have adventures but Rose's ultra-conservative mother won't let her. Then young Aunt Alice, a feisty suffragette, moves in with them and everything changes.
'In 1900, life was very restrictive for women. In most parts of Australia, women weren't allowed to vote, few got the chance to go to university and it was difficult for women to have careers of their own. Girls like Rose and women like Alice had to fight for the rights they felt entitled to. Rose's story, told in four exciting instalments, shows how rebelliousness and courage brought about change, making it possible for Australian girls today to have so many choices.'
Source: Our Australian Girl website, http://www.ouraustraliangirl.com.au/ Sighted: 08/02/2011
Motormouth2010single work children's fiction children's Since Chris lost his best mate, Dave, cars are all he really cares about. Then Josh Carter moves to town. His dad is a famous racing car driver and everyone wants to be Josh's friend. But as Chris soon discovers, Josh is a bit of a motormouth, and that's where the trouble begins . . . (Publisher's blurb).
'Tracey Binns is lost and the last people she wants to be stuck with are Justin fit-face and her annoying teacher, Mr Gunning.
'Tracey's school has started a new healthy-eating and exercise program and the kids are not happy. They're even less happy when Mr Gunning, their dreaded PE teacher, announces that he is taking the Grade Six students on a bush survival and fitness camp.
'Facing the pitch dark and the strange calls of the wild is not Tracey's idea of fun. But all this looks like a walk in the park when they become lost on a long day's march ...
'Tracey Binns is in trouble again!' (Publisher's blurb)