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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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Kathy Stewart’s review of ‘The Sides of Heaven’ by Hazel Barker

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I read the first part of Hazel Barker’s extraordinary memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind, when it came out and was keen to read the second part of her life story.

I don’t want to give away what happens in the book, but suffice it to say that the deprivations Hazel suffered as a child growing up during the Second World War in what was then Burma are surpassed by the heartbreak and challenges she faced later.

Yet this is not a story of despair, but rather of faith and hope – and ultimately of love.
A heart wrenching, human and inspiring story, well written and beautifully told.

Kathy Stewart

Hazel’s memoir is set in Burma during the turbulent period following the Second World War and the subsequent civil war.

‘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.

Armour Books, 2018

 

 

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