Sheryl Gwyther

I’m an Australian children’s author. Welcome to my website.

I write novels, chapter books, school plays and short stories for young readers and the young at heart … stories I aim to not let you go until the very last page. Check out my blog too – about the writing life and about my stories.


In Australia’s Great Depression, two Shakespearean actors are forced to leave their daughter, Adversity at the Emu Swamp Children’s Home. When it appears they’ve drowned in a flood, Addie is left in the villainous hands of Matron Maddock. Together with Macbeth, her Shakespeare-quoting cockatiel, the feisty runaway embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

HarperCollins Publishers AU

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Sweet Adversity is a rip-roaring, feel-good, grab-the-nearest-redhead-and-pinch-their-gorgeous-cheeks read…”

Alison Stegert. GoodReads

Sweet Adversity is a champion for Shakespeare and theatre … a wonderful and accessible introduction to Shakespeare for young readers ….”

Madison’s Library. GoodReads

“an uplifting story of perseverance; resonating sass and staunchness in times of adversity whilst triumphing a slice of Australian history that made me want to drum the floorboards with acclamation. Bravo!”

Dimity Powell. GoodReads

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