Author event: Christine Sykes -  The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast

Author event: Christine Sykes - The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast

Actions and Detail Panel


Date and time


Woy Woy Library

Cnr Blackwall Rd and Oval Ave

Woy Woy, NSW 2256


View map

Christine Sykes will be at Woy Woy Library to share her latest release 'The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast'.

About this event

Christine Sykes returns to the Central Coast with her latest book 'The Tap Cats of the Sunshine Coast'.

Christine has previously visited to chat about her books 'The Changing Room' and 'Gough and Me'. Now she is back with her new novel and you are invited to join us at Woy Woy library to hear all about it.

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.

Bookings essential. Book online using the register button, ask in any library branch or phone 4304 7650.

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.

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.

The safety of library visitors and staff is our priority. We will be following the current guidelines at the time of this event and our COVID-19 safety plans.

Please follow the directions of library staff and do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Share with friends