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The House on Bursaria Street

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

Nailbiters – Not for the Nervous.CWG Launch 1

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

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CWG Launch 3

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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 Sides of Heaven by Hazel Barker

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Dear Friends,


You have already read and enjoyed Part One of my memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child, which was published in 2016. The manuscript had been shortlisted in the Barnardo Great Aussie Book Competition of 2014, and the book was shortlisted in the Australian and New Zealand-wide CALEB Competition of 2017.


Now, its sequel, The Sides of Heaven has been accepted by Armour Books and will be in print by late March 2018. The story is set in Burma during a turbulent period of history. It tells of love and hate, burning passions and exquisite joy.


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


More information of the book launch and author talks will be available next year…



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Wine & Cheese Night, Star of the Sea


Book launch of Chocolate Soldier. The Story of a Conchie, 29th October, 2016

A big thank you to all those who attended the book launch and bought a book.

Everyone had a wonderful night thanks to Star of the Sea parish.


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Book launch of “Encounters” anthology

Encounters. A collection of short stories and poetry was launched on Friday the 21st October at the Carindale library.


Four of my short stories have been selected for publication in the anthology. They are excerpts from Book I of my memoir Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child (Armour Books) and my as yet unpublished manuscripts.

The stories are:

An Encounter with my Boss  excerpt from Book II Hope Springs Eternal – Memoir

Death excerpt from Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child – Memoir

Milan excerpt from The Soprano Historical Fiction

The Promise of Tomorrow excerpt from Book II Hope Springs Eternal – Memoir

All profits will be donated to the Silky Oak’s family support programs at Manly West. The book is available for purchase at $16 per copy.

For more information email:  carindalewritersgroup@gmail.com


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My Writing Journey

Grieve Book CoverMy writing journey commenced when I took early retirement from teaching and started writing my memoirs in the year 2000. I first wrote in the third person, but as I grew more courageous, I changed the manuscript to the first person. Impatient for recognition, I foolishly sent the memoir off to the big publishers, one after the other.
We learn from our mistakes, and after I’d faced rejection after rejection, I put my manuscript aside and concentrated on writing my husband’s life. I wrote from his point of view. Here again, I made another error and after just one rejection, I sent it away to a subsidy publisher.
I trembled with excitement on seeing my work in print. We drove to Portland, Victoria to launch my book, as this is where the major portion of the book was set.
I had a radio interview in Brisbane and full-page write-ups in two local newspapers. I did an author-talk in the Portland library.
The book-launch proved a success. All our friends turned up and bought books, but the profits failed to cover the cost of publication.
Looking back now, although the book brought me much joy and gratification, I should have worked on my manuscript more before presenting it to a traditional publisher.
All this was a learning experience. I finally did what I should have done earlier. I joined a writing group. It helped me overcome my bashfulness and taught me how to accept criticism. In fact, I was so impressed by what I’d learned that I joined several other critique groups – some as far away as Bundaberg.
I live around Brisbane, but I could send in my work for critiquing, and it was critiqued at meetings. Great!
Besides this, I attended several writing workshops and masterclasses. Bundy’s Write Fests are always a source of getting to know people and of acquiring more knowledge.
Once, when attending James Frenkel’s Writing Masterclass, at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival, he advised me to first make my name by penning short stories. I love writing novels and short-stories are not my forte.
Upon consideration of his advice, however, I used excerpts of my manuscripts and converted them into short stories. The result? Two of them were published in the Carindale Writers’ Seasons’ anthology, and my short story, ‘Hunger’, was selected for publication in the 2013 Redlitzer anthology.
The following year, I won Omega Writers’ Inc. Narrative Hook competition, and ‘June’s Death’, another excerpt from my memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child, was published in the nation-wide Grieve anthology. My short story, ‘Love at First Sight’, has also been Longlisted in the Lane Cove Literary Award Competition.
My memoir See No Evil: story of a war child was shortlisted in the Barnardo Great Aussie Book Competition of 2014.
I’ve started a blog.
https://hazelmbarker.wordpress.com/ and opened a Facebook account.
I write each morning, and encourage beginners like me to take heart and avoid the mistakes I’ve made.


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