• I’m Sheryl Gwyther, an author from Brisbane, Australia. I write children’s novels, school plays, short stories and articles, chapter books, and Flash Fiction for adults. I also love presenting workshops at schools, libraries, literature festivals, SCBWI Conferences and in-school Writer-Residency programs.

    My novel, SWEET ADVERSITY, a Mid-grade historical adventure set in the Great Depression in Australia was awarded a SCBWI ARA – Work of Outstanding Progress Grant. It’s the first time an Australian has won this award. It was also awarded a SCBWI RAM grant in 2018. I’ve also been a recipient of two Australian Society of Authors’ Mentorships and two May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowships.
    My former role as a SCBWI ARA in Australia allowed me to advocate for writers, children’s books and literacy.

    LATEST NEWS: My middle grade historical adventure, SWEET ADVERSITY was released by HarperCollins Australia in July 2018.


  • I have a lifelong passion for art and art history, but it is the Australian landscape that has influenced my art practice … expressing more than a traditional ‘background, mid-ground and foreground’ exploration of the land. To me, there are s0 many aspects to landscape – memory, history, palaeo-history, geology, geography, contours, aerial, micro and macro and literary observations.  I’ve never illustrated books – most of my art is on walls. 

    Writing has taken over my creative life now, but I’m still drawn to working on canvas, paper and lino-printing when I get desperate for artmaking. 

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