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GUEST SPEAKER: Hazel Barker from Burma
DATE: Friday July 27, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
VENUE: Redland Museum, 60 Smith Street, Cleveland

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Join Hazel as she shares her story of life in Burma with you.

Hazel Barker arrived in Australia from Burma in 1967. She completed her Arts degree at the University of Western Australia. After teaching English and History at various high schools she took early retirement to devote her time to writing.

Hazel’s memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind: Story of a War Child was shortlisted in the Australia and New Zealand-wide CALEB Competition 2017.

Its sequel The Sides of Heaven was released in March 2018 by Armour Books.

Fear holds her a prisoner. Hope sets her free. She longs for freedom – then she dedicates her newly-won freedom to God!

Hazel’s debut novel, The Chocolate Soldier. The Story of a Conchie was published in 2016 by Rhiza Press.

Her short stories have won in various competitions and have been published in several anthologies.

Hazel’s books will be available for sale at the discounted price of $20 each.

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“The Sides of Heaven” by Hazel Barker reviewed by Beverley Asmus

INSIGHTFUL JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY

Beautifully written in her trademark, intimate style, Hazel Barker takes the reader inside the cloistered world of those who have dedicated their lives to God. However, as interesting as this background may be for some readers, for me it was her personal struggles towards self-discovery that enthralled me the most.
The prequel to this part of Barker’s memoir, “Heaven Tempers the Wind”, shed light on what it was to be a child of war during the occupation of Burma. While everything familiar was breaking down around her once sheltered life, Barker drew strength on her unwavering faith in God for her survival, always believing in a better future to come.
Unfortunately, that better life did not arrive with the end of war. Family battles, specifically with a brutal father, had to be fought and more sibling lives lost. Although she is able to complete her education, finding friendship and possible romance, Barker feels called to offer her services to the Church. In many ways this is where her biggest life challenges begin, as important issues are raised about spirituality versus religiosity.
Barker’s honesty makes this compelling reading and leaves us wanting to read more about her incredible life journey

The Sides of Heaven is the sequel to Heaven Tempers the Wind: Story of a War Child, which was shortlisted in the Australia and New Zealand-wide CALEB Competition of 2017.

 

 

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Talk at Moreton Bay View Club

Here are some photos taken at the Redlands Sporting Club, during my talk to members of the Moreton Bay View Club in March 2018.

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Vice President Diana Wilson and I

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The beautiful banner of the Club

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Book Launch of ‘The Sides of Heaven’

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Book Launch

 

The Sides of Heaven - Book Launch

Victoria Point Library, Lakeside Shopping Centre, 7 – 15 Bunker Road, Victoria Point.

See you there.

 

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The Gecko Renewal and other stories of life Ed. by James Cooper & Mark Worthing

Hazel’s short story ‘Three Miracles’

was published in 

The Gecko Renewal and other stories of Life, 

Ed. by James Cooper & Mark Worthing, Morning Star Publication, 2017

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Write a Book in a Day – Winner

Best Sponsorship
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Winner
Fuzzy’s Big Day Out
Carindale Writers’ Group
Team: Carindale Writers
State: QLD
Division: Open

Fuzzy's Big Day Out (3)Carindale Writers' Group entry, Fuzzy's Big Day Out, for the Write a Book In A Day competition.

Congratulations to Carindale Writers’ Group and especially to those who did all the hard work!

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