Rachel Barnett is an author and illustrator and teacher and also the operator of Holus Bolus Books. She has been writing and drawing all of her life... or most of it anyway.
Rachel lives on Groote Eylandt, a small island paradise in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, Australia. Probably best to just look it up on Google Maps. It is remote; exceptionally far away from everything. We do have a golf course and a coffee shop or two, no major shopping centres (or even minor ones for that matter) and no way off the island apart from a ride through the air. Our produce is barged in, our post and shipping are very important to us and we have to pre-plan for everything (or be very good at improvising).
But it is a magical place, steeped in culture, history and good people and, my goodness, it is beautiful.
Rachel is a teacher across the small schools on Groote, and really loves her day job. Rachel also loves to write - it is a passion that has stayed with her since childhood. She holds an Arts Degree with majors in Creative Writing and English from Flinders University and loves to draw, paint and design.
Whilst slowly emerging from the fog that is being the mother of tiny babies and becoming the mother of toddlers (because that makes sense, right?) Rachel turned her head back to these passions and is not fully involved in that part of her life again.
Combining all of these passions, she has just completed her first illustrated children’s book, There’s a Crocodile on the Golf Course, soon to be published, and there are more on the way.
Website and Social Media Links:
Holus Bolus Books - Books, Writing, Drawing and Life on a Remote Island: www.rachelbarnett.com.au
Rachel Barnett - Holus Bolus Books Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/rachelbarnett26
Rachel Barnett Twitter Page: twitter.com/rachelbarnett26