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).
'Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman!
'Meet Ellyse Perry, age twelve. All she wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics – you name it! But now that she's in high school, just playing sport and having fun doesn't seem so easy. For starters, her new school uniform is too big (as usual) and then there's a mix up with her electives and she has to do debating of all things! To top it off, mean Ms Parkes won't let her on the school cricket team because she thinks Ellyse is too small. Could life be more unfair? Luckily there's still club cricket with the Hoppers! They're a sure bet to make the grand final and Ellyse can't wait to get out onto the pitch with her mate Jamie.
'Can Ellyse handle the challenges of high school and still find time for all her sporting pursuits?' (Publication summary)
Rose in BloomThe Rose Stories
2011single work children's fiction children's historical fiction 'The Federation celebrations are fast approaching but Rose hardly has time to get excited - so many other marvellous things are happening in her world, including her first real cricket match! But then she has a nasty accident, her best friend disappears and Aunt Alice is thrown in gaol. Can Rose still fight for what's right when everything around her is falling apart? Rose's journey concludes in this, the exciting final instalment of four books about a Federation girl who's determined to do things her way!' (Trove record)
'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