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Grace Barnes

Grace grew up in Scotland and has lived in Australia for over two decades. Her professional life has been spent as a theatre director and playwright and she has written two books on musical theatre: Her Turn on Stage: The Role of Women in Musical Theatre (McFarland 2015) and National Identity and the British Musical: From Blood Brothers to Cinderella (Methuen Drama 2022). Grace has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney. Grace loves to swim at Wylie’s Baths.

Author's Books
In Search of Mina Wylie

In 1912, against a backdrop of growing feminist and national movements, the Australian public united behind a fundraising campaign to send two female swimmers to Stockholm to compete, for the first time, at an Olympic Games.  Coogee resident, Mina Wylie, was one of those women, and after winning si...

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