Disability Action Week


An exhibition featuring local author, Daryl Barnes.
Thursday 12th – Friday 27th September 2019.

Four years ago Daryl Barnes wrote his first children’s book, Crazy Bird Stories, combining his knowledge of Australian birdlife with his interest in education and passion for writing.

Since then he has published four more books and this week, Daryl is excited to be exhibiting his works as part of Disability Action Month.

The exhibition featuring selections from Daryl’s published works, as well as paintings and artistic works from other local artists.

As president of Birdlife Mackay, says he is driven in his pursuit of educating locals and children on the importance of native birds. The harder you look at birds and the world they live in and what makes them tick, the more you want to learn about it because it is so intriguing.

Bird watching can be relaxing, take you to new places and meet new and interesting people. A healthy native bid population indicates a healthy well balanced state of the environment.

In July 2019, Daryl published his first non-fiction book called Hello Cocky, an autobiographical series of poetry recounting his life from 1955 to 1996. He said his poetry writing started purely by chance.

I was asked to say a few words at my mother’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2009. Now I’m writing short stories in rhyming verse about a wide range of topics. I might get the inspiration to write about something at any time of day or night and I’ll need to jot something down before its gone.

Writing has helped as it distracts me from my health issues which has become taxing on the quality of my life.

Disability Action Month is held annually in September and raises awareness and the importance of creating and supporting the All Abilities communities.

Fiona Vuibeqa
Arts Development Officer MRC