This is the website of Derek Barry, a blogger for almost 10 years and an editor and journalist for the last five. I had four happy years in Roma, Western Queensland and am now back in Brisbane working for newspapers in the Lockyer Valley. I have a masters in journalism from QUT and am writing a book about My Treaty, the need to acknowledge the end of the long war between black and white Australia, seen from the perspective of a pale white immigrant.
I was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1964 and have lived in Australia since 1988, Oaths are important to Irish people, and I was more used to swearing at the Queen then on her, so I was pleased to become an Australian citizen in 1994 when Paul Keating removed her from the oath of allegiance.
I started blogging in October 2005 as an experiment during my Open University Bachelor of Communications degree. The name Woolly Days came out of the Wooloowin suburb I live in. I was quickly hooked to the form and still love it despite the competing attentions of social media. To view posts earlier than 20 February 2009 see the Google blogger version of Woolly Days
I have a near namesake called Derrick Barry who is apparently the world’s foremost Britney Spears impersonator. I only sing in the shower where it’s not a good idea to wear drag or any other clothes.
I can be found on twitter as @derekbarry If you wish to contact me, email me at derek_barryATyahoo.com&&& (without the ampersands and with @ instead of AT)