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Author event: The Library Lounge presents Christine Sykes in conversation with Karen Eastwood


No additional fees apply to this event.

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Thursday 1st September 2022


Wallsend Library

30 Bunn Street

Wallsend 2287

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Join us for a unique evening of conversation with Christina Sykes, who with discuss her latest book The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast, which was inspired by Christina and her Aunt's experience taking up tap dancing in retirement. 

Christine Sykes returns to Newcastle Libraries to talk about her latest book 'The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast' with Karen Eastwood. Christine has previously visited to chat about her books 'The Changing Room' and 'Gough and Me'.

Copies of Christine's books will be available to purchase at the event and there will be an opportunity to have your book signed by Christine.

Light refreshments will be available.

About the author

Christine Sykes has three published books. The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast was inspired by her and her aunt’s experience taking up tap dancing in retirement.
Being raised in Cabramatta provided the basis for her memoir, Gough and Me: My Journey from Cabramatta to China and Beyond. In Gough and Me, Christine overlays the social and political events of the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 70s and the impact that Gough Whitlam has – not only on her own life but on generations of Australians.

Her previous book, The Changing Room, was based on her experiences at the non-profit Dress for Success which provides practical support and help for women looking for work. The Changing Room won the fiction award from the Society of Women Writers NSW.

Christine is involved in a number of writers groups and centres and her work has appeared in several anthologies. She is a community worker and senior public servant, now retired and living in the Illawarra. As well as writing and tap dancing, her interests include walking, acting and learning to play the flute.


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.

When: Thursday 1 September  6:00PM
Where: Wallsend Library, Bunn Street Wallsend
Bookings essential, all welcome. 

Please do not attend this event if you are unwell. As spaces are limited, please cancel if you can no longer attend. 

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