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Sherryl Clark Sherryl Clark i(A34359 works by) (a.k.a. Sherryl Christine Clark)
Born: Established: 1956
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1978
Heritage: New Zealander
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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.

Source: Sherryl Clark's Website, (Sighted 26/02/2008)

Most Referenced Works


  • 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).

Personal Awards

2021 highly commended Scarlet Stiletto Awards Best Crime Short Story for 'Death in Seventeen Syllables'.
2020 highly commended Scarlet Stiletto Awards Best Crime Short Story for 'Delicious Leavings'.
2018 recipient May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Mina and the Whole Wide World St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 21279699 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Mina wants her own bedroom more than anything else in the whole wide world. And it’s almost ready! Just one more lick of sunny yellow paint and it’s hers.

'But when Mina's parents take in an unexpected guest, they give her room away. At first, Mina is too upset to speak. She doesn’t care that this new kid, Azzami, needs a place to stay.

'At school, the other kids call Azzami names, and Mina wishes he’d stand up for himself. Then she sees his drawings, and for the first time really thinks about the life of the quiet boy in front of her.

'Told in candid verse, here is a story about finding friendship where you least expect it and making room for everyone across this big wide world.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Dead and Gone UK : Verve Books , 2020 21186419 2020 single work novel crime

'Judi Westerholme has been through it. Brave and strong-willed, she's just about coping in her new role as foster parent to her orphaned niece, taking a job at the local pub to help make ends meet. Then the pub's landlord and Judi's friend, army veteran Pete 'Macca' Maccasfield, is murdered, and her world is suddenly turned upside down. Despite warnings from the city police to keep out of it, Judi can't help but get involved in the search for Macca's killer. But she soon becomes deeply entangled with some ruthlessly dangerous men. She must act fast and think smart to work out what they want - before anyone else gets hurt... Long buried secrets resurface in Sherryl Clark's pacey crime novel that pushes Judi Westerholme to her limits to protect the people she loves most.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2021 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon Trust Me, I'm Dead United Kingdom (UK) : Verve Books , 2020 18829249 2020 single work novel crime

'She hasn’t seen her brother in years. Now, he’s dead.

'When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it’s connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife — now missing — a child and led a respectable life. But if he had turned his life around, why was he killed in a drug deal shooting? And where is his wife?

'Desperate to know what really happened, Judi sets out to uncover the truth, even though it means confronting her own traumatic past. But she’s not the only one looking for answers…

'She turned her back on her brother before. Should she trust him now?

'With a gutsy, unapologetic protagonist, Trust Me, I'm Dead is a gritty and bold crime thriller that explores the sacrifices people will make for their families.' (Publication summary)

2020 longlisted Ngaio Marsh Award
2020 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2018 shortlisted Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Debut Dagger
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