Video Interview of Hazel Barker, author by local celebrity Michelle Worthington.
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At CWG Book launch 5th November 2020
Hazel at book launch 5th November 2020
Maggie at CWG’s Anthology Launch 5th November 2020
Launch of 20/20 Vision Stories – ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH
The story commences in Portland, a small Australian town in Victoria. COLIN BARKER and his parents ALBERT and EVA BARKER have migrated from England after the war. Books, the beach and the bush are COLIN’S sole companions as a young child. His mother has mood swings and his school mates bully him, making him withdraw within himself. All this changes once Colin enters High School. His parents give him a bike, he finds friends and joins the sea cadets. He longs to join the Royal Navy and studies hard to achieve his goal.
The Depression Years cast a shadow upon his future, and Colin is compelled to cut his studies short. He tries his hand at rabbit-trapping, helping out as a farmworker and doing odd jobs. Finally, he succeeds in getting work as a messenger boy in the local Post Office and has visions of rising to Postmaster. Once again, his hopes are dashed when his parents move to Canberra.
Frustrated, the young Aussie battler struggles to fulfil his dreams. He joins a rowing club and buys a car, hoping to build his own home someday, but he is called up to serve in Vietnam. Colin is spared when he collapses and is rushed to hospital. Colin’s plucky spirit carries him through one crisis after another, and the unexpected turns up.
Little does he realise that love awaits him when he returns to Portland to visit old friends. He meets HAZEL, falls in love, and marries.
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by Hazel Barker
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.
Lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing,
Charles Darwin University.
Finalist for the Australia and New Zealand wide CALEB AWARD of 2019