Dawn Barker

Publication day for ‘Let Her Go’ in Poland

Publication day for ‘Let Her Go’ in Poland

For any of you in Poland, I’m excited to say that you can now buy the Polish translation of ‘Let Her Go’ from today. The Polish title is ‘Pozwol jej odesjsc’ which I think essentially means the same as the English title! I love the […]

On being shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards…

On being shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards…

On Monday night, I went to the beautiful Western Australian Museum for the awards ceremony of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards – where Fractured was shortlisted in the category of ’emerging writers’. I didn’t win (as expected) but was happy to see my friend, […]

Geraldton’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival

Geraldton’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival

I’m thrilled to have been asked to be a guest at the 2014 Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival in Geraldton, Western Australia from 12-14 September 2014. Other guests include Tim Ferguson, Ashley Hay, Liz Byrski, Isobelle Carmody, Sarah Drummond (who is shortlisted along with […]

Fractured is shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier’s Literary Award!

Fractured is shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier’s Literary Award!

I am excited to announce that Fractured, my first novel, has just been shortlisted in the WA Premier’s Book Awards! I’m been shortlisted in the emerging writers category, alongside my friend and local bookseller Yvette Walker (Letters To The End Of Love), Sarah Drummond (Salt Story) […]

Setting the scenes for Let Her Go

Setting the scenes for Let Her Go

Writing Let Her Go was a different experience to writing Fractured. Those of you who have read my first novel will know that it was set in Sydney, a city where I lived for eight years, but in a way, the setting was secondary to the story, that […]

Let Her Go book launch time!

I’m so excited that finally, it’s almost time for my second novel, Let Her Go to hit the shelves. The publication date is 24th June, but of course you can pre-order the book now from your local bookshop. I’m having a little gathering to celebrate the […]

It’s writers’ festival time!

  I love literary festivals. I was lucky enough last year to be invited to talk about Fractured at a few festivals around Australia: Perth, Margaret River, Sydney and Brisbane. For me, it’s the ultimate weekend: days to immerse myself in hearing and talking about books, […]

Top ten debut fiction titles of 2013.

Top ten debut fiction titles of 2013.

Earlier this week, I found out that Fractured had snuck into the top ten bestselling debut fiction titles of 2013 in Australia! The data was collected by Neilsen bookscan, the company who monitor book sales in Australia.  It was great news to hear as I […]

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013

Last year, I participated in the Australian Women Writers challenge. It’s a great initiative to promote the writing of women in Australia, and I was thrilled to find out that last year, Fractured was the second most reviewed book! I had hoped to read ten […]

The end of the edit!

The end of the edit!

A few hours ago, I pressed ‘send’ and emailed the final(ish) edits of my second novel, Let Her Go, to my editor and publisher at Hachette. I’ve been working pretty intensely on them every day for the past two weeks, so I mainly feel relief […]