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Sheryl Gwyther Sheryl Gwyther i(A93742 works by)
Born: Established: 1952 Innisfail, Innisfail area, Cardwell - Tully - Innisfail area, Ingham - Cairns area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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An experienced early-childhood teacher, adult literacy teacher and artist, Sheryl Gwyther began to write full-time in the area of children's fiction and non-fiction in 2000. In 2002, she was a recipient of an Australian Society of Authors' Mentorship and worked on the genesis of Secrets of Eromanga, her first novel, with author and mentor, Sue Gough. She has had several articles published - in Pearson Education's magazines Explore and Comet, and one in the Weekend Australian Review section. She was also awarded a prize in an Arts Network East Gippsland writing competition.

Gwyther maintains her contact with young people by working with teenagers at her local high school's Writers' Group. When she found her first fossil as a fifteen-year-old on a high school trip to Porcupine George in north-western Queensland it fired her imagination about prehistoric Australia. She has maintained her interest in fossils by doing volunteer work at the Queensland Museum's fossil preparation laboratory. She has also worked on the Elliot dinosaur fossil dig site where vital research for Secrets of Eromanga also happened.

In 2007 Gwyther was accepted as a client by prestigious London literary house PFD Agency. After receiving the funding through Arts Queensland in 2006, she spent a week at Varuna Writers House where she wrote under the direction of Peter Bishop. During this time, Gwyther completed the final chapters and re-edited the manuscript of her children's novel 'McAlpine & Macbeth.'

In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, Gwyther has also contributed short stories and plays to The School Magazine (Australia), The Looking Glass Magazine (Ireland), and Junior Journal (New Zealand).

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y separately published work icon Sweet Adversity Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 13534291 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'There's never a good time to be orphaned - or abandoned ... especially when you are twelve years old, and it's the Great Depression.

'In 1928, Shakespearean actors, the McAllisters, are forced to leave their daughter Adversity at the Emu Swamp Children's Home.

They fully intend to return, but things don't go according to plan.

'Then, to make matters worse, Scrimshaw, a villainous theatrical agent, hears the talented Addie sing. He plots to use her in his next money-making venture, but when he turns up at Emu Swamp to collect his prize, Scrimshaw finds she's run away.

'Together with Macbeth, her Shakespeare-quoting cockatiel, Addie is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Ali Berber and the Forty Grains of Salt Melbourne : Pearson Education Australia , 2013 7658487 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'Ali Berber is a young merchant, keen to impress the King of Alhambra with the amazing flavour his salt brings to food. The king is impressed – until Ali’s forty grains of salt disappear. Now, instead of being rewarded, Ali is in danger of being beheaded! Can he solve the mystery of the disappearing salt before it is too late?' (Publication summary)

2014 finalist Crystal Kite Award Australian and New Zealand Division
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