This is the website of Derek Barry, a Queensland-based blogger for over 10 years and an editor and journalist for the last seven. I had four happy years in Roma, Western Queensland and am now the editor of the newspaper in Mount Isa after two years working for newspapers in the Lockyer Valley and Dalby. I have a masters in journalism from QUT and am (very slowly) writing a book about My Treaty, the need to acknowledge the end of the long war between black and white Australia, as 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 where I own a home in Brisbane. I was quickly hooked to blogging and still love it despite the competing attentions of social media, though it is not updated as frequently of late. In 2014 the blog was selected for preservation by the State Library of Queensland.
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 at @derekbarry or email at derek_barryATyahoo.com&&& (without the ampersands but with the at sign).