D R (Darryl) Dymock
I’m a writer, researcher and teacher. For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in words and what they mean and how to better put them together. And I’m learning all the time.As science-fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote: ‘Don’t tell me the sun is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.’
As an author, I write mainly narrative non-fiction and short fiction. And I’ve been trying out some poetry.
My latest work apart from my academic output is a creative non-fiction book, A Great and Restless Spirit: The incredible true story of Australian Harry Hawker. Publication date: March 2022. Video: https://youtu.be/R8xQQo1zK7Q
Before that, my most recent non-fiction book is The Chalkies: Educating an Army for Independence. My narrative non-fiction biography, Hustling Hinkler: The short tumultuous life of a trailblazing Australian aviator, was selected for the Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program, and published by Hachette Australia.
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, the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s ‘History Page’, and for The Conversation.
I’m currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, a mentor with the Queensland Writers Centre, and convenor of Oxley Men’s Shed Writing Group. 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.
My academic research is in the fields of adult and vocational education, and lifelong and workplace learning. Many of my journal articles and book chapters are co-written with colleagues, particularly from the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane.
Currently I live in Brisbane, Queensland with my wife and my laptop. I have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
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.
D R (Darryl) Dymock
Selected Non-fiction Books