Hazel’s Tribute at Logan North Library November, 2018
Members of RSL Springwood Branch at Hazel’s Talk Nov. 2018
Thanks to Logan Libraries for making this possible
great audience for their presence.
Local author Hazel Barker
will talk of her experience as a child during World War II
and the soldiers who fought to save her,
to save the country
and to save the world.
Location: LOGAN NORTH LIBRARY
Time: 10 am – 11 am
Free: Tea, coffee and biscuits
BOOKINGS: at Logan North Library
Phone: 3412 4140
GUEST SPEAKER: Hazel Barker from Burma
DATE: Friday July 27, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
VENUE: Redland Museum, 60 Smith Street, Cleveland
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.
Adventure, magic and a slow burn romance between two people who can’t stand each other.
The Torian, head of the Commonwealth, is dying and his replacement has not yet been found.
Neah, a warrior princess and former slave, receives a prophecy that the new Torian will be one of 800 refugees in a caravan fleeing the invading Shaelene army. Shayla, a dark sorceress and Queen of the Shaelene, is equally determined to find and kill the new Torian before he, or she, can be anointed.
Caleb, a disgraced Commander in the Commonwealth army, has been charged with protecting the caravan. Provided with only seven soldiers and a duplicitous wizard to help him he is given little chance.
Trapped within the forced intimacy of the caravan Caleb and Neah must try and thrust aside their bitter hostilities in order to protect the new Torian from the marauding Shaelene, Shayla’s assassins and a host of mythical, vicious creatures that stand between them and the safety of Carmelsara. In doing so they will have to leave the relative safety of their natural distrust and together weave something new and untried because in a world overtaken by greed only love has the power to save it. If they fail the whole world will fall into decades of darkness.
Review of Last Caravan to Carmelsara by Hazel Barker
This is a story of courage and endurance. The terse and potent prose grabs readers and compel them to keep turning the page. Vivid descriptions enhance the story and give a clear sense of time and place.
The story unfolds itself without rushing or dragging and each scene adds to the story. I particularly enjoyed the prison scene at the beginning of the book and the battle scenes.
The main characters have distinct voices, flaws and virtues with clear goals that influence the plot. The secondary characters are also well-rounded. My favourite character is Caleb. I empathise with him and admire his fighting prowess and loyalty to his men.
The book was an enjoyable read, although I found it difficult to relate with Neah until much later in the story.
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