Barney Bardsley

Barney Bardsley is an author and freelance journalist who lives in Leeds with her daughter Molly. She writes features for the Guardian, Psychologies Magazine, Woman's Weekly, Yorkshire Post and Femail. When not writing she gardens, sings with an unruly choir called Good in Parts, and is trying - against all the odds - to learn Hungarian.

Books by this Author

Muffin was a rescue dog, an ordinary mongrel who joined the Bardsley McGee family in Leeds in 1999. She was three years old, a 'little shipwreck' of a dog who had been badly neglected, undernourished and contained in a high-rise flat for whole of her young life. The family she came into was also under pressure, as the writer's husband Tim was in the middle of a long struggle with cancer and had been told earlier that year that his illness was terminal. Never having previously shown interest in...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Kick down the door!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading and staring into space.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Too little self belief.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Dalai Lama

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My daughter.

Author Voices

January 30, 2014

Since my book Old Dog - about the life and death of a much loved and long time canine companion - came out in summer 2013, the most often-asked question at publicity events is "Will you get another one?" The answer is no, for many, many reasons. But that doesn't stop me missing Muffin like crazy. And I do crave the presence of dogs in my life. One answer is to talk about them - as I shall be doing on January 28th, at Crossgates Library Leeds, with the appropriate theme of Wellbeing and Animals. The other answer is to borrow other people's dogs! Recently I went out with a professional dog walker. She had 5 of them off the lead, ranging from a huge... see more

November 08, 2013

Leeds is looking beautiful in the cold November light right now, and a trip down to Morley Library in south Leeds only confirmed the rosy glow! Great old building with lots of windows and light. A small group of library users gathered this morning to hear me talk about my book Old Dog and to share their own stories of much-loved animals - dogs AND cats. The q and a session after a talk is always the best bit, and especially so today, as everyone had something insightful to say, about animals who had offered them great comfort.In one man's case it was a small whippet who used to go onto the bomb sites for walks and down into the air raid shelter with him... see more

October 24, 2013

I was very nervous at the beginning of October. About to take my book 'Old Dog' - and expose it to public scrutiny. Well, it's now over half way through the month. I have been to three places - Henley Lit Fest, Morley Lit Fest and the West Yorkshire Playhouse - and, dry-mouthed, have stood in front of full audiences. And spoken. On a story both intimate and yet somehow universal. I need not have worried. Even the dog sceptics (rare) have listened with compassion and attention and intelligence. Their questions and insights have illuminated a subject I have spent months writing about - and years experiencing. The love of a good dog. The task of overcoming... see more

October 01, 2013

There cannot be many professions where you are required to be two entirely different beasts - all wrapped up in one skin. But writers have just this bewildering kind of life. We first must plunge really deeply inside ourselves, to find out what really matters, what we really want to say, and then put it on the page. This is a lonely task. Days spent inside our own heads, seeking out the light - and the darkness...Making raw material into the miracle of a book. But then we have to go out and meet our readers. Be sociable. Accountable. Available. In the flesh, not just between the book covers! I am getting ready for the second part of the writing... see more


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