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Writer, thinker, teacher, song writer, musician ... Sixty five, with 5 kids and a supportive partner

Background Information


My father was an illiterate unskilled labourer, my mother had little interest in reading and worked as a tea lady, and I read my first book (cover-to-cover) at the age of 15. (It was Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men').

I've taught in secondary schools and tertairy institutions - Universities and Technical and Further Education  colleges. I've had two stints as a secondary school principal, and spent 7 years as a full time educational consultant.

I taught Professional Writing and Editing for 14 years: 1995 - 2008. I published my first book in 1970; it was a series of school textbook entitled Patchwork, and  aimed at poor readers in secondary schools. Since then I've published around 70 books. Most have either been textbooks for use in Secondary English classroom and stories for children - prep to young adult.

I'm enrolled in a PhD, and involved in a phenomenological study of writing.

I'm a prolific songwriter and a book of my children's songs, along with two CDs, will be published in 2009. One of my songs was placed 3rd in the 2007 Australian Songwriters Awards, and two of my recorded songs 'made it' on to 'hit parades' in Australia.

At the moment, the major influences in my writing life are Bernie Neville, an Australian academic - author of Education Psyche; Peta Heywood, my PhD supervisor; and my children. I've been very caught up in the ideas of a number of thinkers/writers: Gebser, Laszlo, Romanyshyn, Bernie Neville, Jung ...

In January, 2009, I've returned to full time English teaching at Warrandyte High School. I teach year 8, two year 10 classes and a Year 12.

Birth Place
Melbourne,  Australia

Commonwealth Literature Grant, 1982/3
(A one year stipend to support full time writing)
Shortlisted, Tamworth Music Festival, Song of the Year, 1982 for Fair Dinkim Aussie.
Third place, Australian Songwriters Awards, 2007: Children's section for Daddy is Sleeping.

Additional Information

In 2009 I joined with two other musicians - Sarah Cowan, song writer, lead singer with sacred cow, and Jerry Speiser, management consultant, music producer, drummer, original member of the legendary Australian band, MEN AT WORK - to form JS Baz Music.

Contact Information
The Learning Team 
Eltham  3095   Australia
Contact Author: Barry W Carozzi

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