'Barbara's writing is bold, original and enormous fun. In her screenplay 'Cowboy Girls' she cleverly puts the female at the very epi-centre of the traditionally male genre of the Western.'

Anthony Minghella, Oscar winning
Screenwriter/Producer and Director
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Rain stopped play!

Rain stopped play! The Match? Barbara Jane (Serena!) Mackie vs. her nineteen year old son, Maximilian (Federer) Steyger. Location? Ryde Mead Tennis courts in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Mum? A bit rusty. Son? Thankfully, also a bit rusty! Serena Mackie’s forehand? Strong! Agreed by all! Serena Mackie’s serve? Shite! Even back at my Cirencester High School, my serve was my weak point, but we played on with grit and determination through the rain and both games – Mother and son’s – improved!

Now back in my study as the Monsoon descends. Ridley Scott put it well in his vision of the future with ‘Blade Runner’ where it rained non stop. We are living in the ‘future’ now, people, whether we like it or not!