Barbara Wolfenden


Barbie Kirk Wolfenden Owens was born to Roy and Irene Kirk in Midland, Michigan in 1941. After graduating from Michigan State University, she earned an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Brown University. Married and with new daughter, Lindy, she taught Spanish at Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, then helped to found Tampa Preparatory School as first Director of Studies and Spanish teacher. She worked in high tech for twenty years as technical course developer and business process training manager, then switched gears in 1988 to write full time. She retired from Hewlett Packard in 2002. Ms. Wolfenden lives with her husband, Martin Owens, in west suburban Boston.

She published her first short story "On Glennie’s Wedding Day" at age sixty-three and explores through her fiction the challenges of aging for women of her generation who were profoundly changed by the women’s liberation movement. She has contributed several articles on boating to Ensign, the national magazine of the US Power Squadrons. Her history, Little Holocaust Survivors: and the English School that Saved Them, is the story of the Stoatley Rough School for German-speaking refugee children that was established in Surrey, England, in 1934. Having been regaled with stories night after night aboard a cruise ship in which her husband and his other 70-year-old friends recalled their flight from Hitler, rescue and coming of age, she knew it was imperative for her to write their amazing story.

She is a hospice volunteer, supports animal rights causes, and is currently working on a novel.

Selected Works

Little Holocaust Survivors: and the English School that Saved Them
Fascinating story of a German-English school on a Surrey hillside that saved children from Hitler.