Sherryl Clark
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Sherryl Clark

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I write both fiction and poetry, for adults, children and young adults. My first children's book was "The Too-Tight Tutu" which stayed in print for over 20 years. I have had more than 70 children's and YA books published, including five verse novels. My adult crime fiction was, for a long time, mostly short fiction and a couple of unpublished works. In 2009 I began working on "Trust Me, I'm Dead". In 2018 it was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and is now published by Verve Books UK. A sequel, "Dead and Gone" followed in 2020, and "Mad, Bad and Dead" appeared in August 2022. "Trust Me, I'm Dead" is set at the end of Melbourne's gangland wars, in the aftermath when paybacks might set it all off again. Judi, my main character, gets involved when her brother is murdered. In "Dead and Gone", Judi's boss at the pub is murdered and illegal tobacco dealing is at the heart of the conflict. "Mad, Bad and Dead" continues to explore the aftermath of violence, families destroyed and revenge propelling people into deadly actions. I love reading - I think this is where my writing emerged from - the ability to create imaginary worlds is one I always hoped I'd have. My earliest reading experiences were the Narnia books, and then a lot of crime and historical fiction in my teen years. In poetry, I write mostly free verse. My two collections were published by Pariah Press in Melbourne. My picture book, "Now I Am Bigger", is also in free verse. My most recent verse novel for children, "Mina and the Whole Wide World", won the Australian Prime Minister's Award for Children's Books in December 2022, a very special honour for me. I teach creative writing to adults, and include a big reading component in my classes, as well as learning about the publishing industry. I also do school visits, and love question time from the kids. You never quite know what they might ask you!
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