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SWW Virtual Literary Event Wed 10 June 12:40pm - 2:00pm

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
Literary Event - Wednesday 10 June 2020
Member Speaker, Christine Sykes & Keynote, Diane Armstrong

Wednesday 10 June 2020        12:40 pm

Member Speaker  

How The Changing Room changed my life.


Christine’s debut novel The Changing Room was inspired by her experience as a volunteer with Dress for Success Sydney, where she provided styling and coaching for women seeking employment. Told through three intertwined stories, the novel finds that empowerment and love can be found in the unlikeliest places.

Christine worked in the community and as a Senior Public servant, including in women’s issues and multicultural affairs, for over 40 years. Her talk will cover the genesis of her novel, how she maintained a writing practice while working and her experience of becoming a novelist and author after retiring.

The Changing Room is available from bookstores and online from Booktopia, Book Depository and Amazon. The eBook is available from Kobo, Apple and Amazon Kindle.


Keynote Speaker      1.00 to 2.00 pm

Turning History into Mystery

Diane Armstrong

Diane Armstrong is a child Holocaust survivor who was born in Poland and arrived in Australia in 1948. She is the bestselling author of six books which have been published in the United States, Canada, The UK, Poland and Israel. Her first book, MOSAIC, was a family memoir which was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Non Fiction. Amazon listed it among its top ten memoirs. Her second book, The Voyage of their Life, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award for Non Fiction. Winter Journey, her first novel, was shortlisted in the Commonwealth Literary Awards. Her next novel, Nocturne, won the Society of Women Writers’ Biennial Fiction Award in 2008. It was nominated for a major literary award in Poland. Her latest novel, The Collaborator, was published in September last year.




The Collaborator e-book made number 13 on Amazon a few weeks ago and two weeks ago Diane learned that it was on the bestseller list of USA TODAY. An exciting development is an approach for Russian publishing rights. Diane’s books can be purchased from major bookstores as well as from Amazon. Audio version is also available.



An email will be sent on the day with the Zoom meeting links

$10 Event (ML)

Non Members/Guests:
$15 Event (NML)


Via Zoom
Sydney, NSW 2000

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