Mark Barkley


For the past thirty years, it has been Mark Barkley’s great pleasure to have created work that has been appreciated by various audiences throughout Brisbane, within Australia and online.

Primarily his focus had been on being a playwright within the 90’s. But recently his sole focus has turned to creating the book series The Sabienn Feel Adventures.

He has had several plays which have enjoyed a successful theatrical staging or reading within Australia. (“The Captains and The Kings”-1995, “Goodbye Melaleuca”-1996, “Sylvia Terry”-1998 and “A Kind of Belgium”-2000) Two of the plays featured here have been short listed in the George Landen Dann award, Queensland’s premium award for excellence in playwriting. (“The Captains and The Kings”-1992 and “Goodbye Melaleuca”-1995).

He also created the short film “Spades” as writer/director and this was short listed in the top ten films of the third annual What’s On Short Cut Film Fest and screened in 2001 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

In 2007, he rewrote and updated his book “The Big Sugar Election” which was originally completed in 1990.

Currently he is offering books in his fantasy adventure novel series The Sabienn Feel Adventures. “When The Stone Shepherds Awaken” completed in 2015 is the first book in this series, which is now free and on offer with its companion piece, “Stories From The Distant Planet”, which is also free.

Keep an eye out for more to come.

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The Sabienn Feel Adventures
Set on the planet Whee, a planet twice removed from Earth, the series of twelve books go from one place in the south of this space colony to end up in the north, meeting danger at every turn. The main character, Sabienn Feel, grows wings and is immediately shunned. The story satisfies all elements of those prophecy, fantasy, epic adventure stories that involve friendship and brotherhood.


Why The Sister Moons Swallowed Rage, Book Three: The Sabienn Feel Adventures
Series: The Sabienn Feel Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,130. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In his quest, Sabienn Feel and his brothers venture to the country of Turrland to seek a book that was once owned by a mysterious monk. But what of Turrland? Is it to be invaded or not invaded? And how will he react when a much loved brother dies? Why The Sister Moons Swallowed Rage is the third of twelve books in the Sabienn Feel Adventures.
Goodbye Melaleuca
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 6, 2018. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
Do we “own” our children? Are they required to walk through the world to sing your praises? Artist Eric Corey has taken back a valuable painting that he once gave to his niece Jenny and her husband Alan. A line has been crossed that Eric cannot live with. A confrontation over custody of a work of art raises questions of the value of artistic integrity and explores “ownership” of things we create.
A Kind of Belgium
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,520. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
Ray Rance (a real estate agent), Leo Crowshaw (a restaurant proprietor) and Lynne Fleming (a hair salon operator) work in a shopping precinct that’s been hit hard by hard times but is set to recover as a boutique tourist area. A property acquisition is about to take place. Jodie Crowshaw, Leo’s daughter, stumbles on to hidden dealings and must confront family and friends to pursue what is right.
Sylvia Terry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,090. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
Sylvia and her mother Heather’s world is upended as Sylvia’s brother Neil’s has been involved in a particularly heinous crime. There is severe public reaction and disgust, and even though Heather, who as a much loved teacher, was a pillar of the community, it shows that even respected innocent bystanders can be burnt by the fire of public scandal.
The Big Sugar Election
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,440. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Within the changing face of North Queensland, new cities have been formed. Callard City lies in this opulent “Big Sugar” region. Three of the Councillors of the Callard City Council, seek the removal of a chief public servant, John Hennessy. Hennessy has crossed swords with the politicians out of his loyalty to three of his charges.So three lowly public servants, don't get upset, they get even.
The Captains and The Kings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,820. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
“If only beauty were a weapon, then people would take it more seriously.” It was a time of change. The time; 1968. The place; the O’Neill’s Guest House in Kempsey, New South Wales. The patriarch of the family, David is suffering from a terminal illness. His wife Caitlin has organized a family gathering for what will be their final Father’s day together. Now David has a chance to gain redemption.
Where The Black and Grey Wolves Kiss, Book Two: The Sabienn Feel Adventures
Series: The Sabienn Feel Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,070. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In his quest to seek the mysterious missing stone, the occult item sought to ensure victory in war, Sabienn Feel journeys with his three companions to the island of Cajj Cajj. The island is to be invaded and is currently being held by the Turrs, a people Sabienn has always been at variance with. He needs to work closely with the Turrs. But is he capable of falling in love with one?
When The Stone Shepherds Awaken, Book One: The Sabienn Feel Adventures
Series: The Sabienn Feel Adventures. Price: Free! Words: 182,070. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
On a distant planet, there is a human colony twice removed from Earth with a country preparing for war. Sabienn Feel is a military cadet being fast-tracked for promotion as their enigmatic head of state, The Great Leader, readies his armies for battle. Sabienn’s world comes crashing down when he grows wings and is now hunted as a freak. But can he prove his worth to The Great Leader and be saved?

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