Shirley Burgess


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.

Where to buy in print


Stories of Adventure and Misadventure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,000. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2017 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
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: The Story of an Epic Journey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,350. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Coming of age
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.

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