About the Author

Barbara started writing at school - a compulsory activity, which blossomed into a love of words that continued and found expression in the form of letters and anecdotes to friends and family when she worked first in Franceand later in Canada.

Back in the UK, and encouraged by a DTI campaign featuring Basil Fawlty and Manuel, she set up a language training business aimed at helping British companies meet the challenge of the Single Market. Knowing how the British can feel about trying to speak another language, she developed a method that shows people how to work with their brains to maximize recall, and makes learning fast, fun and effective. She also created her alter egoThe Pedagogical Plumber - the great learning blockage unbunger, an entertaining incarnation of her approach to learning.

In the early 90's she moved to Bridgnorth and joined the BWG. Her focus at this time was romantic fiction and she still has at least one rejection letter from Mills and Boon.  

The group has been a constant source of support and inspiration, providing feedback and insights that have encouraged Barbara to venture into verse and even try her hand at Haiku. Her staple, however, is narrative fiction, usually in the form of short stories. Good coffee is a must in the creative process and, like the darkest of blends, her fiction can surprise with a bitter twist. 

Edison's famous observation that "genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" is one she applies to writing. She has decided to milk her 1% for all it's worth and get on with the novel that has been forming and re-forming itself for more years than she cares to specify.  On the upside, experience has definitely given her more material to work with, so on with the sweat-band and down to it!

Website: www.learningcurveforlanguages.co.uk



Examples of Work 

 In a radical response to the problem of an increasingly older population the Government issues the “final sleep” lozenge to every citizen.  The lozenge tastes of sherbet lemons and dissolves quickly on the tongue.

The time of taking is left to the discretion of the individual.


When should I take it?

40’s:           Surely not – far too early!

50’s:           No need – I’m keeping myself fit.

60’s:           Recall not what it was – but I’m fine once out of the hurly-burly.


70’s:           Not as mobile - but I have my go-anywhere scooter, even if I do forget where I park it.


80’s:           Bladder-control a distant memory – but these pads are thin and quite discreet.


90’s:           Why do they whisper?  Speak up!  Young people today don’t enunciate.  Still, nice of them to bring me a treat.

                   But really!  Just one sweet!