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Clark, Sherryl 1956-

CLARK, Sherryl 1956-


Born September 3, 1956, in Kawakawa, New Zealand; married; husband's name, Brian; children: Donna. Education: Attended Bay of Islands College, 1969-72; Deakin University, B.A., 1992.


Home 116 Chambers Rd., Altona North, Victoria 3025, Australia. Agent Kendra Marcus, Bookstop Literary Agency, 67 Meadow View Rd., Orinda, CA 94563. E-mail [email protected]


Library assistant in New Zealand, 1973-76; community arts worker for various organizations in Australia, including Footscray Community Arts Center, 1989-95; Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, instructor in poetry and fiction; Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, instructor in poetry and fiction.


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Australian Society of Authors, Western Women Writers.



Mathew Madigan and the Motor-Mouths, illustrated by Mark Payne, Macmillan (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

The Too-Tight Tutu (also see below), illustrated by Cathy Wilcox, Penguin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Australia), 1999. Eat This!, illustrated by Kristen Headlam, Addison Wesley Longman Australia (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Knock It Off!, illustrated by Kristen Headlam, Addison Wesley Longman Australia (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Take a Hike!, illustrated by Kristen Headlam, Addison Wesley Longman Australia (South Melbourne, Victoria,

Wednesday Was Even Worse, illustrated by Mitch Vane, Roland Harvey Books (Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Max's Problem Pet [and] Max's Bowling Bungle, Nelson (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Shooting Through, Addison Wesley Longman Australia (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Tiger Trouble (also see below), illustrated by Teresa Culkin-Lawrence, Penguin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2000.

Batter Up! (also see below), Penguin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

Great Aussie Bites: Volume Two (contains Too-Tight Tutu, Tiger Trouble, and Batter Up! ), Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2001.

The Littlest Pirate, illustrated by Tom Jellett, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Up a Tree, Puffin (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia), 2002.

Blues Point Blues, Pearson Education Australia (South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 2003.

Susie the Lifesaver, illustrated by Stephen Axelson, Penguin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2003.

Boots and All, Puffin (Camberwell, Victoria, Australia), 2003.


Edge, Pariah Press (Kew, Victoria, Australia), 1991.

(Editor, with Margaret Campbell) In Our Time, Blackwood Street Neighbourhood House (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1996.

(Editor, with Margaret Campbell and Tracey Rolfe) Keeping the Home Fires Burning, Blackwood Street Neighbourhood House (Yarraville, Victoria, Australia), 1997.

Successful Self-Publishing: Making and Selling Your Own Book, Hale & Iremonger (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1997.

Thicker than Water, Pariah Press (Altona North, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

Work in Progress

Children's poetry; Farm Kid, a middle grade novel; a series of books about horses.


Sherryl Clark told SATA: "I have been writing short fiction and poetry for adults for over twenty years. I started writing children's books through the encouragement of a fellow writer in 1996. Since then, I've had more than twenty books published. I am now combining my love of poetry and children's writing into a 'novel in poems' for nine-to-thirteen-year-olds. Farm Kid will be published next year.

"I also teach fiction writing and poetry to adults at TAFE. This helps to keep me interested, inspired, and connected with writers. My women's writing group, Western Women Writers, has been going for twenty years. They are a wonderful source of support and encouragement, and do great critiques!

"I find it useful to set goalsboth in writing and getting publishedand try hard to achieve them. My current goal is to be published in the U.S. An earlier goal was to create my own web site. It's now up!"

Biographical and Critical Sources


Herald Sun (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), March 29, 2003, Merissa Pickford, review of Boots and All, p. W29.


Sherryl Clark Home Page, (November 11, 2003).

Writers on the Road, (November 11, 2003), "Sherryl Clark."

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