Barbara Gurney

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CONTACT: email: [email protected]

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Footprints of a Stranger is a collection of emotions - tip-toeing between the experiences of the author and the sentiments of others.

Barbara's poetry passionately explores attitudes, observes nature and reminisces.

Nature compels us to take heed - 'stand up, bring the world your courage'

Contemplations express the shadows lurking within us all - 'my dark forbidden place'

Joy comes from family, friends and life itself - 'A glance, a smile, pass it on to me'

Available from:

and by contacting Barbara


Footprints of a Stranger - Reviewed in The West Australian newspaper January 29, 2013


"The debut collection of short, always accessible poems from Barbara Gurney focuses on life experiences and philosophical musings. These range from the struggle to save a beached whale in The Sigh That Reaches Us All, to Commitment, describing the bond between a father and son, to the mater-of-fact exploration of Morning Tea, where "moments (are) stolen from an ordinary life". The tenor of the poetry is quiet and often mournful; moments of joy are precious and recalled in the midst of loss and the memories of a past life - likened, in the final poem, to "a garden that once was"   

Barely Books by Barb

Treat yourself - spoil a friend   

A range of literary gifts - see separate tab

prices from $5

Stockist of The Promise, Road to Hanging Rock, 

Footprints of a Stranger & Life's Shadows


Southlands Boulevarde Shopping Centre 

Amazon, Kindle, Smashwords


In The Promise we learn of an evolving but lasting friendship between four women: Eleanor, Pam, Jacqui and Rowena.

Determined to keep in touch, the teenagers make a promise linked to a set of teacups, the Friendship Cups.

After her Great-aunt Eleanor reveals stories of herself and her three friends, Carrie feels compelled to learn if they kept their youthful vow. Left with a matching milk jug and a notebook, Carrie contacts their families and discovers just how important the Friendship Cups were to each woman.

   The twists and turns in their lives reflect the ever-changing phenomena of firnedships.

   The search also brings a surprise ending for Carrie.

The Promise is a heart-warming story of friendship and loyaty with a touch of romance.

Published by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. London.

Available on Amazon, Kindle

or by contacting Barbara. 


 If you remember Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock, you need to see where the Road to Hanging Rock leads.

Australia's Hanging Rock, in country Victoria, casts its spell on a new generation in this powerful story of mystery and endurance.
The heart-wrenching tale of Miranda and Marion, who disappeared in 1900, in Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock, creates a conundrum. Discover what became of these young ladies as they struggle to survive.
While researching his family connection to the monolithic rock, Michael is imprisoned in the enigma of the past. His extraordinary experience leaves him questioning his future.
Rebecca, has no particular interest in the ancient formations until her car is threatened by an isolated storm near the turnoff to Hanging Rock. She is then inexplicably drawn to Michael and is compelled to discover why.
Events along a thread of time link their lives in this remarkable debut novel by Barbara Gurney in which past secrets tangle with the future. Time frames collide and bring together fantasy, romance and intrigue.  

Road to Hanging Rock is a heart-warming story highlighting friendship, strength of character and determination.

Road to Hanging Rock is published by JASPER BOOKS


RRP: $29.00

It's always encouraging to hear from readers: Life's Shadows:

"I absolutely loved some of your poems of which I was able to share with my beautiful grandmother at her 95th birthday in New Zealand last year.

.... heartfelt and truly inspiring writing that we thoroughly enjoyed."

LIfe's Shadows

Published by Ginninderra Press (2015)

Cover by Alison Mutton

Face the light and let the shadows fall behind.

Life's Shadows continues the melancholy journey begun in Footprints of a Stranger.

Barbara's poetry expresses others' hurt with a caring voice and a message of hope. Grieve with 'The Ticket Home', overcome fear with 'Conquering' and finally, 'Sing Loudly'.

Life's Shadows is available for $18 from the author to any Australian address.

[email protected]



My successful submission to Serenity Press' "Bouquet of Love" anthology will be published as a novella in March 2018.