Godfrey was born at Teddington, London, on St Valentines
Day. She graduated at St Hughs College, Oxford, in Modern
Languages and then made journalism her career,
working as a reporter on the Esher News in Surrey until
moving to Hampshire with her husband Robert, a Fleet Street
journalist, and their three young sons.
In their new seaside home, in 1973, they founded the Hayling
Islander, a popular free monthly newspaper delivered by volunteers
to every house on the island. They later sold the paper to the
Portsmouth News group and it continues to flourish.
Robert and Barbara moved to Dartmoor in 1983 before eventually
realising their dream of living in the tiny Channel Island of Alderney.
There they launched the Alderney Magazine, which continued
until Roberts death in 1994.
Barbara, who still lives in Alderney, has published a humorous
in Norway, inspired by her experiences as an au pair in
Oslo in 1953, which were the subject of a talk she gave on Womans
Hour on BBC Radio. She has also published a volume of poetry, While
Others Sleep, and a book of short stories, The
Spare Child and Other Rather Nasty Stories. Her love of
poetry started at school when she studied the great German lyric
poets, and she wrote her first poems in German.
She says: My first book was Naughty; my second Nasty; and
now Im working on a really Nice book, A Treeful of Peacocks,
set in the five-acre paradise which was our home for five years.
Barbara also paints in watercolours and oils and her pictures are
on view in the local art gallery.