After twenty-five years in the education world as a teacher, regional and national adviser and international consultant on literacy and curriculum innovation, Bernice Barry found a perfect balance of peace and challenge on WA’s far southwest coast where she lives, near Margaret River. She has written many publications from language development software for young children and books for teachers to new national curricula, online training courses for school principals and articles on the teaching of writing, oracy and drama.
In 2011 she decided to create time for her own writing. Her first short story, ‘Mornings Like This’, won the South West Writer’s Award in the inaugural Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival competition (‘Things That are Found in Trees and other Stories’, Margaret River Press 2012) She also began work on the biography of Australia’s first internationally successful female botanist, Georgiana Molloy, based on ten years of intensive research. Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines was first published by Bernice in Western Australia in 2015 and published nationally (to great acclaim!) by Picador Australia in 2016.