About Barney Bardsley

I am a writer and dance/movement practitioner, living in Leeds, Yorkshire. I teach movement and creative writing at West Yorkshire Playhouse – and I am at present very involved with two exciting projects: Heydays – a dynamic programme for older people, and Our Time – groundbreaking creative work for people with dementia and those who support them. For the Every Third Minute Festival 2018, I have co-written a short play, ‘A Horse Called Freedom, with a woman living with dementia. Despite public perception, this work is surprisingly poetic and uplifting.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, I write freelance features for the Guardian, Psychologies Magazine and Femail, and have published three books. The first, way back in 1986, was Flowers in Hell, an investigation into women and crime. The second, A Handful of Earth, came out in 2007. This was a diary of grief and recovery in the garden. (For five years I was garden correspondent for On:Yorkshire magazine, and now  write for them online, regularly reviewing books and covering all things green and arty!) My most recent book, Old Dog, was published in 2013, and is about the exceptional bond between dogs and humans – in particular, one special mongrel called Muffin. I am also a linguist, am studying Hungarian – very hard language, wonderful country – and love singing, travelling to Eastern Europe, and messing about in my garden. I’ve just joined a ukulele band which is quite delightful.Communication is really important to me – in words, in movement, in voice. So having a blog gives me the chance to write, informally, sporadically, enthusiastically, whenever I choose, about whatever I like…And maybe someone will read it too!

Twitter: @BarneyBardsley

Facebook: @BarneyBardsleyAuthor

A Handful of Earth’ (John Murray)

‘Old Dog’ (Simon and Schuster)



5 thoughts on “About Barney Bardsley”

  1. Hi Barney,

    I read your article ‘Requiem for a lost youth: Hitting the menopause’. I now going through a particularly difficult menopause. In the article, you mentioned you wrote another article ‘the change’ which I cannot seem to find anywhere. I am interested to read that as during this really hard time, it is kinda reassuring for me to know that there are many in the world going through similar experience and that thought keeps me sane. Thank you and I appreciate your time.

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    1. Hello Serene, I am sorry you are having a hard time. It WILL PASS, but is certainly challenging whilst it’s happening. Like being a teenager again, but in a kind of reverse. All I can say is, I do definitely feel a new expansiveness, a new sense of self, now I am out the other side, so to speak. I haven’t actually written anything else on the subject, although was on the brink of having a book idea accepted, that I think would have been helpful to women. But the publishers didn’t want it in the end. There is plenty of stuff out there if you dig around. Also, I found acupuncture to be extremely helpful with dealing with many of the symptoms, and steering me into balance. Very best of luck. Be kind with yourself. Rest a lot. And thank you for being in touch. Best wishes, barney


  2. Barney,
    Thank you so much for your article about menopause being hell. You’re words have given me hope during this difficult and physically painful time. I’ve felt so alone until I read your experience.


    1. Oh, I am so pleased you found some solace in my writing. That was an article I wrote for the Guardian and Femail ten years ago! But I believe it still holds good. What a turbulent and utterly disorientating time menopause is. And isolating. But you will come through it! Meanwhile seek support wherever you can, and rest, rest, rest as much as possible. Very best wishes to you as you go on your journey.


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