Barbara Hawthorne

Barbara Hawthorne

Started writing at primary school. Went to twelve schools as I evacuated during the war and moved around quite a bit. Always loved reading. 'Keep an eye on the cakes in the oven' was a favourite saying when I was left in charge of the house, curled up with a book. Failed 11+ loved secondary modern, cooking, sewing etc. made good friends. Later trained as a shorthand-typist; joined the Women's Royal Naval Service; got married; had a son. Resumed full-time office work. Joined feminist group; wrote poetry. Did a correspondence course in children's writing. Retired and went to Ruskin College, Oxford studying English. Joined a writers' group. Volunteer for MIND. Developed local grass-roots drama. Share a flat with a woman friend of thirty years. Extended and own family. First novel produced 2014 on feedaread, Amazon and Kindle. Whooh!


Barbara Hawthorne in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1993 Ruskin, Oxford then Leicester university England

What do you love about Short Stories?

They get to the point quickly

Do you write in other forms?

Poems, prose, plays and a novel.

What distracts you from writing?

The domestic scene.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Swimming. Tai-chi

What is your favourite book?

Lorna Doone

Who are your favourite writers?

Charles Dickens, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis

Where is your dream location?

In our caravan

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Junk mail

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Keep writing

Work by Barbara Hawthorne:

Waiting for the Agent
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This story is about a pensioner waiting for the Estate Agent to show him around the house he was born in.
Reclaim the Night
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This story is about the women's marches in the 1970's.

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