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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.

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The Changing Room captures the hardships in searching for meaning and place, with warmth and without judgement. An uplifting, captivating and powerful story.

- Ann Sherry, AO

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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.

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‘An important anthology by women writers to inspire young people to care about our natural world.’

– Susanne Gervay OAM

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‘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)