She emigrated to Australia in 1965, and worked for a time for Oxford University Press in Melbourne, Victoria. She currently lives in Watsonia, a suburb of Melbourne, with her son and his family. She has been married twice; her second husband Keith Barber died in 2000.
She has written many picture books and fairy-themed colouring books, calendars and diaries, which have sold over 10 million copies as at 2008. Most of Barber's books feature fairies and animals. Her books are mainly set in picturesque woods. Her books have been published in 18 languages.
- Katherine Kizilos, "Our fairy Grandmother", The Age, 18 August 2008, p. 13
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