Laurie Barber has been writing the My Word column since 1995. It has appeared weekly in newspapers throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has worked on city and regional newspapers. In 1980 he was runner-up in the award of Australia's journalist
of the year and was the only Australian journalist in the international Golden Quill award. He is a past Rotary district governor and serves on the board of Australian Rotary Health. Other interests are Probus, University of the Third Age, Douglas Vale Heritage
Museum, basketball (where he was a state representative referee) and bowls. He is patron of the Fellowship of Writers in his home district. He was the 2014 senior citizen of the year in his home district and has judged statewide newspapers for Country Press
Australia. He has written four books, Please Print for Country Press Australia and My Word, Ringo and the historical book Massacre at Myall Creek for Sid Harta Publishers. He lives at Port Macquarie, Australia, and can be contacted at email@example.com.