TAP CATS OF THE SUNSHINE COAST
The Tap Cats, a Queensland based tap dancing group face unexpected challenges when they enter the Seniors Superstar competition.
Through the observant eyes of Maude’s journalist granddaughter Melissa, we meet Carol, Sofia and Bonnie whose lives have been intertwined since primary school.
Their hopes, dreams, ageing, heartaches and heart mends have been woven together in a close web for decades. Bonds which are in danger of unravelling when long held secrets are revealed. Secrets that rock the foundations of their friendship and the destiny of the Tap Cats.
Set in the stunning landscape of the Sunshine Coast, the women tap their way through the competition, as well as trials and tribulations, all the way to New York and a Greek Island.
Coming in August 2022
Gough and me
When Gough Whitlam moves into her street in Cabramatta in 1957, eight-year-old Christine has little idea how her new neighbour, one of the most visionary and polarising political leaders of Australia, would shape the direction of her life.
The Changing Room has won 'The Society of Women Writers NSW 2020 Members’ Book Award in the category of Fiction.
The Changing Room
Anna is in her sixties with her dream job and the man to match. Claire is a forty-six-year-old philanthropist with a picture-perfect family. And then there is Molly, who has seen more strife in her twenty years than anyone should, but has more love to give than most.
When their lives are turned upside down, these women must discover how to start over. Guided by Suitability, a clothing and styling service for disadvantaged women, Anna, Claire and Molly find the courage to rebuild their lives – with a few outfit changes along the way.
Inspired by the experiences of the women behind the charity Dress for Success, The Changing Room proves that sometimes losing everything leads you towards freedom, and that hope can be found even in the unlikeliest of places.
- Ann Sherry, AO
Heart-warming and relatable, The Changing Room is a poignant read about the power of communities to change a life.
- Megan Etheridge, OAM, Founder Dress For Success Sydney
Splash, Slither, Squawk!
In this varied collection, poems and stories about bushfire and resilience, surprising encounters with native wildlife, information about the natural world, together with articles about endangered species are complemented with drawings by young artists living in NSW.
Enjoy nature writing by SWW NSW members and guests, including Christine Sykes.
For more information and to order a copy:
‘An important anthology by women writers to inspire young people to care about our natural world.’
– Susanne Gervay OAM
‘Enjoy this timely collection for children on our precious environment which is so much at the heart of Australian literature.’
– Libby Hathorn (writer and poet)
Words and Nerds: Authors, books and literature Podcast
Episode 556: Christine Sykes and Dani Vee talk about: The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast.
New Book: “The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast”
The Tap Cats, a Queensland-based tap dancing group face unexpected challenges when they enter the Seniors Superstar competition.
‘Have you met the Whitlams?’: growing up as Gough’s neighbour
She didn’t know it at the time, but an eight-year-old’s life was set to change irrevocably when Gough Whitlam moved into her south-western Sydney street in 1957.