Hazel’s debut novel Chocolate Soldier was released by Rhiza Press in October, 2016. Book One of her memoirs Heaven Tempers the Wind was published by Armour Books in August, 2016. Both books are set during World War Two – the former in England and the Far East; the latter in Burma.
Hazel Barker lives in Brisbane with her husband Colin. She taught in Perth, Canberra and Brisbane for over a quarter of a century and now devotes her time to reading, writing and bushwalking. From her early years in Burma, her passion for books drew her to authors like Walter Scott and Charles Dickens. Her love for historical novels sprang from Scott, and the love of literary novels, from Dickens. Her short stories have won awards and been published in magazines and anthologies.
1994 Certificate of Freelance Journalism, TAFE, TEQ
1992 Diploma in Applied Theology, Institute of Faith Education
1985 Master of Science in Nutrition, Donsbach University
1975 Diploma in Education, University of New England
1972 Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia
2016 "Chocolate Soldier: The Story of a Conchie", (Debut novel), Rhiza Press
2016 "Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child" (Memoir), Armour Books
2016 "Three Miracles", A Chicken Can Make a Difference and Other Short Stories, Morning Star Publishing
2016 "An Encounter with my Boss", "Death;Milan", "The Promise of Tomorrow", Encounters Carindale Writers' Group
2015 "The Derelict - Brio, Fellowship of Australian Writers’, QLD
2014 Various reviews of books, Australian Christian Writers” Blog
2013 "Hunger", Redlitzer Anthology
2013 "The Seasons of Life", "A Year in India", Seasons Carindale Writers' Group
Achievements & Awards
2014 Winner of Narrative Hook Competition by Omega Writers Inc.
2013 Shortlisted in the Redlitzer Writing Competition
2011 Selected for QWC Show Don’t Tell Masterclass with Dr Venero Armanno
Bundaberg Writers’ Club
Carindale Writers’ Group
Gold Coast Writers’ Association
Omega Writers’ Inc.
Queensland Writers’ Centre
Victoria Point Writers’ Group
Writers in the Ruff