Fueling a Passion

Fueling a Passion

by Townsville Hospital and Health Services

Daryl Barnes has used his wretched run with illness to fuel his passion for birdlife, poetry and writing. The 61-year-old Mackay man is currently living at Leukaemia House as he receives chemotherapy at The Townsville Hospital for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Despite being crook, Daryl will soon launch his second children’s book, Crazy Bird Stories: Benny’s Dreamtime Adventure. “Having a project has really helped keep my mind off being sick and it is really exciting to have the second book almost ready to go,” he said.

In 2010, Daryl was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease prompting him to begin working on concepts and stories for his first novel, Crazy Bird Stories.

The death of his mother in 2014 prompted the project to become his major priority and the book was published in September 2015. Daryl said he was introduced to bird watching in 2008 when he heard a radio interview about a nesting site of the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher near his home.

He said he went out to the site and observed the birds and was “hooked from that day”.
Daryl said he hopes to be back in Mackay in early just in time for the release of the book. He has donated three copies of his original book, Crazy Bird Stories, to The Townsville Hospital which are now at home at the children’s and maternity wards. A third and fourth book in the Crazy Bird Stories series are already in the works. “I’ve been lucky in having the opportunity to merge my passion for birds with my passion for writing,” he said.

For more information about the book or to order a copy visit dbarnes02@dodo.com.au