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Barry Dickins
Born 1949

Barry Dickins (born 1949) is an Australian artist and writer of books and plays.

He was born in Reservoir, which is part of Melbourne.[1] He left school early and worked in a factory. Later he painted sets and backgrounds for television programs. His first play, Ghosts, was performed in 1974 at La Mama Theatre. He has written many more plays. His play Remember Ronald Ryan won the 1995 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. He has also written short stories, biography, other non-fiction and children's books. Barry is known to use many 'half rhymes' in his work.

Dickins' books and plays



Non fiction

  • The Gift of the Gab: Stories from the life of Barry Dickins. (1981; Penguin, 1987) ISBN 0140108661
  • What the Dickins! A symposium of pieces from the low life. (Penguin, 1985) ISBN 0140072535
  • You’ll Only Go In for Your Mates. (Allen & Unwin, 1991) ISBN 1863731474
  • Guts and Pity: The Hanging that ended Capital Punishment in Australia. (Currency Press, 1996) ISBN 086819-424-7
  • Ordinary Heroes: Personal Recollections of Australians at War. (Hardie Grant Books, 1999) ISBN 186498-014-1
  • Articles of Light: Reflections on lowlifes, ratbags and angels. (Penguin, 2000) ISBN 0140297529
  • Black and Whiteley: Barry Dickins in search of Brett. (Hardie Grant Books, 2002) ISBN 1740640012 Review

Children's books


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