Supporters gathered at the Red Apple Emporium last Friday for a chance to speak with author Wendy Barker and purchase copies of her first book of poetry, Apples from the Soul.
Barker, a petite 84-year-old, told those in attendance that she had initially not really considered making a book of the many papers on which she had scribbled down her thoughts. However, when reminiscing over the many poems she had written covering her personal trials and triumphs through life she began to put her poems together, combining them with drawings. She then sent them to publishing facilitator and friend, Frank Nunan of Write-On Publishing, who took her poems and drawings and fashioned them into publishable form.
Apples from the Soul takes the reader through a glimpse of her life, with reference to family and friends who have enriched her journey and touched her soul.
On Friday Barker thanked everyone in attendance and especially Nunan and his wife Sylvia for making the book possible. She also thanked Norbert and Iona Wegner for helping with collecting money from the sale of her book at the Red Apple as well as Con and Llewell Viljoen for the venue and for all their assistance.
Barker is now working on her second book.