Author profile

Darryl R Dymock

I’m a writer, researcher and teacher, and have been interested in words and what they mean and how to put them together for as long as I can remember.

Most recently I’ve been an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, but I’ve also been a staff clerk, high school teacher, army education instructor, associate professor, and taxi driver. For what it’s worth, my formal qualifications are BA, BEdStud, MEd, PhD. 

I’ve lived and worked in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Papua New Guinea and briefly in England, and have met lots of great people along the way. Currently I live in Brisbane, Queensland with my wife and my laptop. I have four adult children and seven grandchildren. 

I write mainly narrative non-fiction and short fiction. My most recent book is The Chalkies; my narrative non-fiction biography, Hustling Hinkler, was selected for the Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program, and my short fiction achievements include winning the 2016 Roly Sussex Short Story Award and publication in the 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition. I’ve also written for Griffith Review, the Brisbane Courier-Mail’s QWeekend magazine, and the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s ‘History Page’.

For some years I was editor of an international academic journal, and I’ve written, co-authored and co-edited numerous publications in my professional field of adult, vocational and lifelong learning. I’m also a mentor in non-fiction and academic writing with the Queensland Writers Centre ‘Writers’ Surgery’.

I’m a great believer in persistence over brilliance to get you where you want to go. I also believe you can teach an old dog new tricks, including with technology, but the dog has to want to learn and may need support along the way.


Non-fiction Books

The Chalkies: Educating an army for independence (Australian Scholarly Publishing) – supported by Army History Research Grant.


Extending your use-by date: Why retirement age is only a number (print and e-book, Xoum Publications, Sydney).

Hustling Hinkler: the short tumultuous life of a trailblazing Australian aviator (Hachette Australia). (Developed through Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program).


A special and distinctive role: WEA Sydney 1953-2000 (Allen & Unwin, Sydney)

Co-Editor, Supporting learning across working life (Springer Publishing, Dordrecht: Netherlands)


A sweet use of adversity: the Australian Army Education Service in World War II and its impact on Australian adult education (UNE Press)



3 thoughts on “Author profile

  1. Hi Darryl, I love the blog. I am so glad that you finished the book and hope you have good news soon. I will buy a copy to go into my bookcase!

    Good Luck


  2. Hi Darryl. I have just finished “Hustling Hinkler” which was given to me by my mother as a gift Christmas last. When I saw you were a local writer I thought I would try and get a message to you and congratulate you on a job well done. I found the book a joy to read as you have a great turn of phrase. I have a general interest in aviation and had grown up with knowledge of a “local” aviator (I’m Maryborough born) who flew on the world stage. I am now much better informed about the feats of this remarkable man and I could thoroughly recommend it to a novice wanting to build a career in aviation. I’ll look out for your next venture. Best wishes, cheers Gavin

    • Thanks for the message, Gavin. I’m glad you liked ‘Hustling Hinkler’. It’s always nice as a writer to hear what readers think of a book, and very encouraging when they like what they read. Later this year I am planning to visit Bert Hinkler’s crash site in Italy, so will probably write that up on this blog.I do have another book coming out soon, and I’ll put details on this website when they’re available. Kind regards,
      Darryl Dymock

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