Lara is a Transpersonal, Clinical and Counselling Psychologist of 20 years. She has pursued her interest in narratives of transformation through training in Creative Arts, Jungian and Transpersonal psychology, Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness practices. She is a professional artist, practicing psychologist and a registered supervisor of clinicians. She has written and been published across a number of different feilds including creative writing, psychological journals and freelance journalism and has her own blog. Lara is currently completing her PhD in Humanities and Creative Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, exploring the transformative and universal quality of story as told through film and auto/biography. More information can be found on Lara's website : http://larabardsley.com/
Lara Bardsley in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1972 Mornington, Victoria, Australia
What do you love about Short Stories?I love short stories because, they are often birthed with an intensity and immediacy that makes them unique.
Do you write in other forms?I hope I currently have a novel in process...
What distracts you from writing?Actually a few things distract me from my writing, although the process continues, irrespective of whether I am at my computer of not.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?meditation, painting, animals (particularly dogs) and nature.
What is your favourite book?Love's Executioner - Irvin Yalom
Who are your favourite writers?Hermann Hesse, Hafiz and David Abram
Where is your dream location?Lorne, the Great Ocean Road, Victoria
What one item would you put into Room 101?Arrogance
Do you have any advice for new writers?Read a lot.
Work by Lara Bardsley:
Providence is a collection of three short memoirs. The stories reveal a mother haunted by the loss of her family. Her child becomes a woman, shaped by the loss of her ancestors, deepened by the compassion for the suffering she witnessed and the resilience that grew from it. “The mind is a fickle bedfellow. It will seduce you one moment with the smoothest of concepts and when you are disarmed and wanting, it will deconstruct you. This world offers us the full smorgasbord — the sweetest fruits and the most bitter, the healing balms and the poisons. There are parts of us we can nourish and they will grow stronger. It was the searing pain of my mother’s passing when I was 21 that turned me irrevocably toward the pursuit of an inner richness, something that was constant and secure because it lay within me”.
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