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Barry Heard

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Social Commentator, Speaking Out

Barry Heard is Scribe Publication’s bestselling author. His first book, Well Done Those Men is used in over one hundred high schools throughout Australia in both History and English subject areas. Barry visits these schools to give talks on the book. Now claimed as a classic, the author has received over 100 000 emails and some 30 000 letters in response to the book. The book is essential reading in most Australian University History faculties.

Barry has been involved with fund raising for the Hope Foundation, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Books for Bhutan, and the Repatriation Hospital Heidelberg. His writing has garnered him the Weary Dunlop Award and the Sir Edmund Herring award, and he is a five time winner of the Veteran Community short story competition.

Where were you born?


What other jobs have you had?

I have written about my time as a conscripted soldier, and I have also worked as a teacher.

What themes are recurring in your work?

War, politics, young people, and writing — and the connections between them all.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Being appointed Australian Ambassador for the East Gippsland Libraries, Victoria, in 2009. Also, I remain proud of my being awarded runner-up for Western Australian teacher of the year in 1984.

What are you passionate about?


Haven’t I seen you before?

I have appeared on the 7:30 Report, Sunday, Good Morning Australia. You may have heard one of the over forty radio interviews I have done for various stations around the country, too.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

The enriching thing about speaking publicly is the profound response. After visiting a school recently, over ninety students from the audience signed up as fans to my Facebook page, another hundred wrote me direct emails. The same school has taken the initiative to help with a fundraiser later in the year for the Hope Foundation, which will involve the students forgoing and altering their Schoolies plans. The staggering thing is, this is a typical response!


Barry’s visit was a great success. His presentation was both informative and very moving, highlighting the enormous emotional costs of the war that still affects the soldiers today.
Barker has been holding its annual Vietnam Day for over ten years and it is always good to get another perspective and one that generated much discussion afterwards.

—S.Bell, Barker College, June 2014

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