Victor Barker has worked in many jobs, from merchant seaman
to newspaper reporter, screenwriter and film director. He has
given talks at international literary events and led courses at
universities in Europe and the South Pacific.He owned a
newspaper and a coconut plantation in Fiji. Now he splits his year
between Tasmania and France.In 2005 he acquired his backlist
from Simon & Schuster and established his own imprint: Snug
He says: After a lifetime of writing I ask myself, "Why do I
still write literary fiction? Why do I still want to see it
It's the question I ask people who come to lectures and
courses. The ego usually surfaces, in a shame-faced way.
It's good to get that up
front at an early stage.
Fame is to be found in
front of a camera. Fortune
is to be found writing
advertising copy. The only
true reason for writing
literary fiction is because
you have to. You can't not
write it. Your ego wants
to speak. And it really
wants to speak to you.
When you write literary
fiction you are really
talking to yourself - and
letting some other people
I write novels now, and some poetry. I used to write for every
conceivable medium, except the theatre.
I worked extensively in the film industry as a scriptwriter and
as a director of documentaries – in the U.K., Europe, Africa,
Australia, the South Pacific islands. My films have included
work for the International
Red Cross, Shell, the
Government of Fiji,
General Motors, the
Government of South
Africa, Schweppes, etc.
I've written catalogue notes for sculptor Gerard Ramon, in
Paris. I worked on a video about his work and I wrote about him
for the "Univers des Arts."
words for an
exhibitions by John
Douglas and for
As a poet, I’ve been reading at the Paris Festival d'Oh; at the
Brantôme Poetry Festival; St. Sulpice Festival of Poetry, and on
French national radio. I contributed words and voice for an
Endorphin CD for Sony Music.
My favourite café in the rue St. Antoine.
My second favourite is the Louis Philippe, nearer to
My favourite studio in
Paris is up in the attic
on the corner of rue
Part of me lives in
the old priory in
And another part in
Hotel in Tangier.
I worked in Fleet Street for all the daily newspapers - from
The Times to the Daily Mirror. I wrote features for a vast
array of journals and magazines. I was a correspondent and
feature writer for America’s Business Week. In Australia I
wrote articles for The Australian literary pages and contributed
articles to the National Library of Australia Journal and The
Australian Society of Authors' publications.
But mostly I like to sit and rough out my ideas in Le
Bucheron café on the rue St. Antoine, in Paris. Then I do
the hard part in my
home - in Lower
This is where I live in Lower Snug, Tasmania. It's on the edge of a bay where
the dolphins play - and with a garden full of parrots and honey-eaters. It must
be about as far as you can get from Europe and still be on the same planet.
This is me with Gerard Ramon in his studio in
Pernety, hidden behind Montparnasse
As a lecturer I gave talks and led courses at universities in
Hamburg, Toulouse, Sydney and the University of the South
Pacific. For three years I was senior creative writing tutor for
Australia’s Open College of the Arts.
Writing, publishing and travelling in Paris,
Tangier and the South Seas - that's all in
the life of author Victor Barker.