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Elaine Barker Elaine Barker i(A25642 works by) (a.k.a. Elaine M. Barker)
Born: Established: 1933 Waikerie, Loxton - Waikerie area, Riverlands, Murray - Mallee area, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Elaine Barker was born in the Riverland, educated in Adelaide and worked as a librarian before marriage and motherhood. As a mature-age student she completed her Arts degree at the University of Adelaide and was awarded an MA in 1989 for her thesis on the early Australian novel. She began her creative writing in recent years and has had poetry and short stories published nationally and broadcast on the ABC and Radio 5UV. One of her special interests is the teaching of creative writing and she has run courses for the WEA and the University of Adelaide, Continuing Education. She is a member of the SA Writers' Centre, reads regularly at Friendly Street. 

Most Referenced Works

Affiliation Notes

  • South Australian

Personal Awards

2016 winner Satura Prize for Courage 

Awards for Works

Certainty i "If I had told you", 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Friendly Street Poetry Reader : Thirty-Four : After the Race 2010; (p. 9) Award Winning Australian Writing 2011 2011;
2010 winner Satura Prize
On the River i "Come summer, the current flowing strong,", 2000 single work poetry
— Appears in: Friendly Street Reader : Twenty-Four 2000; (p. 7) Friendly Street : New Poets Eight 2003; (p. 28-29)
1999 winner Satura Prize
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