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Barry Dickins on poetry at the Library

Writer Barry Dickins explores Melbourne, the Library and life in a poem performed at the launch of The independent type exhibition.

Barry Dickins has been an English and art teacher at secondary state schools. Since the late 1960s he has worked as a playwright and actor at La Mama Theatre, Pram Factory, MTC, Playbox and many other major Australian theatre companies.

Barry's play Remember Ronald Ryan won the Premiers Literary Award for Drama in 1994, and the Amnesty International Award for Peace Through Art. He has written several books of interviews including Ordinary heroes, which was also recorded as a talking book for the ABC. He also wrote Black and Whiteley, a biography of Brett Whiteley.

He is a 2010 recipient of The R E Ross Trust Award.