Originally from the beautiful, craggy Atlantic coast of Cornwall in the UK, Bernice emigrated to Australia’s far southwest coast near Margaret River in 2001, after two landlocked decades living in England’s midlands. She has spent the last fourteen years creating a native garden in a forest near the Indian Ocean. In 2011, she closed the door on a career in international curriculum innovation, as an adviser on the teaching of literacy, to focus on her lifelong interest in writing, literature and history.
In 2012, her first short story ‘Mornings Like This’ won the inaugural Regional Writers’ award in the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival short story competition. In March 2015, after eleven years of research, her biography of botanist and local settler Georgiana Molloy was self-published in Western Australia. In March 2016 the book was published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and New Zealand under the Picador imprint: ‘Georgiana Molloy: the Mind that Shines’.
Bernice has a BA in English, French and Spanish, an Advanced Diploma in the teaching of reading, a MA in Education, and has written many publications on education, from language development software for young children and articles on teaching with multimodal texts to new national curricula for students and student teachers.
She is currently working on a novel.