Shirley Burgess grew up in Strathfield, NSW. She attended Burwood High School and completed a Business College course in Melbourne; hence all her jobs were secretarial except for an interruption for two years as a Wireless Telegraphist in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) - quite the most fascinating job she ever had.
At Burwood High Shirley had a dedicated English teacher who automatically gave all her students a mini-writing-course. That eventually fired Shirley up to write a series of short stories - long after she entered her eighties! With no incentive other than 'to become a published author' she joined a writing group then entered a competition and won it.
Since then she has published eighty short stories and poems, plus a story that wouldn't fit into the constraints of short story word counts - It's a Long Way to Aunty May - which became her first book.
Shirley has found the world of writing a place of help and friendship, support and encouragement from day one, and enjoys all the fun it produces.
The stories in this book make a collection of diverse adventures and are designed .to capture the interest of the reader from the start. They constitute thirteen fiction and three non-fiction tales the author particularly enjoyed writing, the favourite being about a blind person and his faithful guide dog trying to escape the 9/11 travesty from high up in the North Tower, near the crashed plane.
It's a Long Way to Aunty May is the story of three siblings: Matt, fifteen years of age, Nettie, twelve and Toby, nearly ten. The story opens when they're given the news that their parents have been killed in a car accident; they are now orphaned and at the mercy of the courts.