Barbara Gurney

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CONTACT: email: [email protected]

also on FACEBOOK

In her non-writing life Barbara (nee Hannah) has beaten AC/DC front man Bon Scott in a drumming competition (1963) 

played the last train out of Perth 1978 (Fremantle line later re-opened), 

and held 50metre breaststroke records at AUSSSIE (45-50yr olds). 

She's been a debt collector and a secretary amongst other collective nouns. Barb has two adult children. Her son lives in Prague with his wife and three 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.

Barbara likes nothing better than to tap away on the computer, creating characters worth remembering and hiding her's and other people's life experiences in the pages. She finds satisfaction in writing stories for others to enjoy.

Barb is a member of Gosnells Writers Circle Inc. (PR Officer)


Writefree Women's Group @ KSP Writing Centre.

What's next:

I'm working on many pieces :


    Dusty Heart (novella)

    The House on Redhill Corner (novella)

    Lessons of the Universe by Imogene    

                           Constantine (novella)

and trying to find someone who loves them as much as I do ... (publishers, please note)

but my main effort is in a new work:

    Doors of Prague

      Have you ever wanted to run away?

It's 'third draft' finished at 66,000 words. 

An emotional piece that is based in Prague, where I've visited many times, often for long breaks, and left a big piece of my heart with my son and his family.

Would love to have "Lessons of the Universe by Imogene Castledine" published. However, it's a struggle to find a genre for this one, and therefore what to do with it. It's a novella length of short stories that come together to make up a certain time in Imogene's life.

Purple and Other Hues, a collection of short stories and poems with a connection with colour, has been accepted for publication by Ginninderra Press. Due out late 2017.

Etc, etc.

Barely Books by Barb

Treat yourself - spoil a friend   

A range of literary gifts - see separate tab

prices from $5

Available from the author:      [email protected]

Contact Gosnells Writers Circle on:

Barbara  Gurney
I'm not fond of having to wander around a website, so here's most of my news all on one page ... with a little wandering option included.

COLLINS BOOKSELLERS SOUTHLANDS - Southlands Boulevarde Shopping Centre - now stock my books.

I'll be at Gosnells Writers Circle's EXPO 2017

18 November, 2017   10am-1pm

Amherst Community Hall

Cnr Warton Rd & Holmes St, Southern RIver

guest speakers: Lee Battersby & Karen McDermott

Includes the launch of GWC's anthology KALEIDOSCOPE

Hope to see you there


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


Available from 

Crow Books, Albany Hwy, East Vic Park WA

Dymocks Ellenbrook

Dymocks Busselton

Paperbark Merchants - Albany WA

Barefoot Books - Busselton

RRP: $29.00

ALSO AT: Top of The Range Cafe & Gallery  MOUNT MACEDON - VICTORIA

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]


It's always encouraging to hear from readers: This reader of Life's Shadows sent this message:

"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."

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"