Beatrice Hale 

Scottish born Beatrice Hale began by writing herb gardening books with her friend Elizabeth Hinds, The 25 Herb Book, (John McIndoe, 1988) and The NZ Herb Calendar, (Reed Methuen, 1986). Then Beatrice wrote The New Zealand Pleasure Garden, (Shoal Bay Press, 2004) on plants with texture, taste, scents and plants for painting and drawing.

Her children’s stories include Taniwha and the Dragon (1983), Jabberwocky; Aileen and Me,a wartime story, for the 1993 School Journal, and a gardening story for children, No Space to Waste (McGraw Hill).  In 2005 she wrote and self-published Ice Escape, a children’s historical adventure story set in 1932, a rescue in the iceberg-infested waters off Greenland.  She wrote another historical young adult novel, a spy-romance novel, The Resolute Heart (2005), beginning in Scotland, and culminating on a frigate at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Beatrice is also freelance writer for journals such as INsite, the NZ journal for geriatric care providers, and Otago Age Concern. With colleagues, she co-wrote Family Care and Social Capital: Transitions in Informal Care (Springer, Dordrecht 2014) and The Age of Supported Independence, (Springer, Dordrecht 2010), both on social gerontology topics. Her current project is another non-fiction book on family caregiving.


Ice Escape.mp3

Jennifer and the Giraffe.mp3

Aileen and Me.mp3