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Count Your Blessings. Colin’s Story

by Hazel Barker

 

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Bouquet presented to the author from Victoria Point Writers.

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ARMOUR BOOKS RELEASES Count Your Blessings. Colin’s Story

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by Hazel Barker

October 2020.

A true story of perseverance and courage

Two-year-old Colin and his parents are thrown into a new and harsh environment when they immigrate to Australia from Nottingham, UK.

They travel as Ten-quid-migrants and, after roaming round in the bush they settle down in Portland in rural Victoria. Primary school brings taunts, jeers and bullying to the young boy. He finds solace in books and is torn by two loves – the bush and the sea.

The music teacher at High School initiates a love for music, but the Depression Years cast a shadow upon his future. Will he be able to continue his studies or be compelled to quit school?

Colin’s plucky spirit carries him through one crisis after another, and the unexpected turns up…

Count Your Blessings is a moving narrative of real people and real places, the characters that live in its pages will bring joy to your heart and tears to your eyes. The story adds to the tapestry of world history and leaves a trail for people to follow and learn that life is not a bed of roses but a journey through happiness and sorrow.

Excerpts from Hazel Barker’s books have been published in several anthologies and won awards. Parts 1 & 2 of her memoirs have been finalists in the 2017 and 2019 CALEB Competitions, respectively.

The narrative is compelling. The voice of the narrator is warm, and the plot unfolds naturally. The mother’s anger and mood swings are both terrifying and compelling. We really feel for the child protagonist and his tendon operation. It is a gorgeous memoir.

Sandra Thidodeaux

Lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing,

Charles Darwin University.

 

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Book Feast, March 2020

Join MC Jenny Woolsey and local authors, Dr. James Lergessner, Jacqui Halpin, HAZEL BARKER and Martin Kari to talk about writing memoirs, reading and libraries at this community event for all book lovers.
TIME AND DATE
Thu. 19 March 2020
6.30 pm to 8.00 pm AEST
LOCATION
Strathpine Library
1 Station Street
Strathpine, QLD 4500

CALEB Prize for Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child

 

 

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Finalist for CALEB 2019

FINALIST for Omega 2019

Finalist for the Australia and New Zealand wide CALEB AWARD of 2019 

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CALEB AWARD 2019

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Author Expo 2019

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Hazel Barker at Capalaba Library Author Expo 2019

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Thanks to Capalaba Library for hold the Local Author Expo, 2019

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Author Expo 2019

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Hazel Barker at Capalaba Library Author Expo 2019

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Thanks to Capalaba Library for hold the Local Author Expo in 2019.

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2019 CALEB Finalists

My memoir ‘The Sides of Heaven’

is one of three finalists

in the 2019 Australia and New Zealand wide CALEB Competition.

The finalists in the Biography or Memoir category are:
The Sides of Heaven by Hazel Barker
Hudson Taylor and China: A Dramatic Biography by David Bennett
Hidden Thorns by Marie-Rose Fox

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The House on Bursaria Street

My short story The House on Bursaria Street was selected for the anthology

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Book launch of Carindale Writers’ Group Anthology, Nailbiters – Not for the Nervous

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Interview by Michelle/Share Your Story

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Interview by Michelle/Share Your Story

Meet Hazel Barker

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Hazel Barker lives in Brisbane with her husband Colin. She taught in Perth, Canberra and Brisbane for over a quarter of a century and now devotes her time to reading, writing and bushwalking. From her early years in Burma, her passion for books drew her to authors like Walter Scott and Charles Dickens. Her love for historical novels sprang from Scott, and the love of literary novels, from Dickens. Her short stories have won awards and been published in magazines and anthologies.
Hazel’s debut novel Chocolate Soldier was released by Rhiza Press in October, 2016. Book One of her memoirs Heaven Tempers the Wind was published by Armour Books in August, 2016. Both books are set during World War Two – the former in England and the Far East; the latter in Burma.
Part 2 of her memoirs, The Sides of Heaven, was released in February, 2018.

What has your background been before you starting writing?
I taught English and History at high schools in Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

How were you introduced to writing?
I literally started writing at three when my mother held my hands to form the first words of the alphabet. Mum used to read to me even before I went to school and I grew to love books. I wanted to be an author ever since I read ‘Little Women’ at the age of eight. My love of books led to my love of writing.

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I’ve always been a bashful child. Becoming an author has made me love talking. I love to speak to others who have the same taste for books and I’m no longer embarrassed when giving talks about my books.

How is your writing making a difference for you right now?
Right now, writing occupies a large part of my time. However, I try to divide my time between my other loves – my husband Colin and my hobbies.

As a child, what was your relationship with books?
As a child of two, Mum gave me picture books. I remember them being made of cloth so I couldn’t tear them accidently as I turned the pages and they were washable too. Later, I moved from picture books with large letters to fairy tales, then on to adventure stories, the classics and romance.

What is the most important thing about what you want to do?
I want to enjoy a healthy life with my husband and get the rest of my manuscripts published.

Do you believe books can change the world?
I have no doubt that books can change the world. This is the reason why thousands of books were burned by the Communists in Russia and China. Books by Jewish authors and anti-Nazi books were also burned by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. The latest burnings to date have been those by ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Fear of their influence on people led to such destruction.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?
I hope that my readers will realise the value of faith, hope and prayer and that they will learn from my mistakes.

What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to please the Lord and live a blissful life with my dear husband.

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Has Share Your Story helped you in any way?
I have only joined Share Your Story for a few months, and I’m already reaping the benefits of joining by being able to share my stories with others.

What results have you experienced, good or bad, about being a part of the publishing industry?
I’ll start with the bad. I was too impatient to get my books published and sent my manuscripts to publishers too early, with the result that I had so many reject ions at first. The good is that since 2013, when my short story was included in the Redlitzer Anthology and I received a trophy from the mayor, my writing career went ahead by leaps and bounds. After that, many other short stories have been selected for publication in anthologies. In 2016 Part One of my memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child was published by Armour Books, and my debut novel, Chocolate Soldier. The Story of a Conchie was taken up by Rhiza Press. In 2018, Part 2 of my memoir, The Sides of Heaven was published by Armour Books.

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If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Peace. Peace in the world through the love of God.

Contact Hazel
https://hazelmbarker.wordpress.com

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