Barbara Gurney writes across several genres including short fiction for adults and children and free verse poetry.
After over fifteen years of writing and editing a newsletter for a community-based organisation, she joined the Gosnells Writer's Circle in 2008 & Writefree Women’s Writing Group at KSP Writers Centre in 2009.
Both groups continue to inspire Barbara to regularly produce poetry and short stories while their encouragement pokes at her ambition to publish a novel. Many of her pieces have been accepted for the groups’ annual anthologies.
*Fairies of the Milky Way was accepted in 2009 by Stories for Children Magazine, an American online publisher.
*Living Histories, a Western Australia State Government initiative, accepted Barbara’s submissions for both the 2008 & 2009 publications.
*Competition success came in October 2009 when Counting of the Stones was awarded a ‘Commendation’.
*A short story for children Jake’s New Friend was shortlisted in the Charlotte Duncan Award 2010.
*2011 – Shadows of Remembered Dancing, a 267 word story was awarded Highly Recommended in Scribblegum’s Gum Leaves Competition.
*2012 - Honourable Mention for 'Honest People' Golden Wattle Writing Competition.
*2012 - First Prize for "Purple". Yarram Community Learning Centre Annual Literary Competition.
*2012 - First Prize for "Wide Brown Land". Minlaton Show Literary Award.
*Barbara's book of poetry ‘Footprints of a Stranger’ is now available from Ginninderra Press ISBN 978 1 74027 767 9. www.ginninderrapress.com.au
In her non-writing life Barbara has been a drummer, bagpiper, swimmer, debt collector and a secretary - amongst other collective nouns. She has two adult children. Her son lives in Prague with his wife and two children, thus giving Barbara a glorious holiday destination with free accommodation. A locally based daughter and son-in-law makes sure she has people to spoil without an airfare being necessary.
She is the current Secretary of the Gosnells Writers Circle and a sub-editor of their magazine Showcase, which has been published three times a year since October 2010. Barbara communicates with the overseas contributors and approaches local businesses for paid advertising support.
Barbara likes nothing better than to tap away on the computer, creating characters worth remembering and hiding her life experiences in the pages. She finds satisfaction in writing stories for others to enjoy.
Based in a southern suburb of Perth, she is supported by her husband Graeme, who has the honour of being the first to hear the latest edition of Barbara’s writing.
Where to find Barbara Gurney online
By Darkened Shore
Constant arguments with her mother have left Carrie with shattered confidence and she tries to escape from making impossible decisions. She was supposed to be the heir to her father's business. As she battles with self-esteem Carrie comes across a peaceful place. The darkness feels like a friend, but finally the sunshine brings a fresh start. A story about hope and new beginning
Road to Hanging Rock
Australia's Hanging Rock casts its spell on a new generation in this powerful story of mystery and endurance. Discover what became of Miranda and Marion, who disappeared in 1900, in Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock. A modern day Michael enters their world and responds to their curious lifestyle with disbelief.
The House on Redhill Corner
The House on Redhill Corner is a story of Asha-Lee's personal struggle.
Asha didn't want to be the odd person that did weird stuff. That was Lalita - her mother, but peculiar events force her to confront her demons.
As Lalita reveals secrets from the past, mother and daughter become closer and decisions become easier.
PURPLE is a story of the lasting effects of a child's death from meningococcal.
PURPLE was awarded First Prize in the Short Story Section of the Yarram Community Learning Centre Annual Literary Competition - 2012
Lessons of the Universe with Imogene Constantine
Imogene was taught by her father that the world can be changed one person at a time. In a series of stories, Imogene reveals herself a little at a time while gathering new friends. She is a unique individual who responds to people she encounters in a quirky, eccentric, but reassuring way.
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