photo: Jon Tjhia, The Wheeler Centre
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justin heazlewood is a pretty groovy author, performer and professional speaker.
If you’d like to suss his skills then check out his page at << Speaking Out >>
Lifestyles of the poor and infamous, or,
an eloquent examination by one of
Australia’s hardest working artists?
You decide as he bares
his artistic soul for
Kill Your Darlings
The Get Up Mum theatre show (starring Justin) premiered in Hobart this year.
The play is set to tour Burnie & Melbourne in mid 2023!
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Justin Heazlewood is the word wooing musician / author of Get Up Mum and Funemployed.
In 1980 he was shortlisted for the second prize. He lives in his head.
Get Up Mum radio series
Funemployed radio series
A map with all the places listed in Orinocho Flow
Author of Funemployed: Life as an Artist in Australia
(2014) and Get Up Mum
(2018). In 2020 Justin gave a witness statement for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. He is an ambassador for Satellite Foundation
who support young people caring for a mentally ill parent.
Ather growing up in Burnie, Tasmania he studied Professional Writing at University of Canberra (1999-2001). He was a journalist for the university magazine Curio
which led to a regular opinion column Being Justin Heazlewood
. The concept was pitched to Canberra streetpress BMA
who published Justin’s opinion column Struth Be Told
from 2002-2010. It was notable for Justin’s intimate and humorous musings on all aspects of life as a twenty-something in the new millennium.
photo: Yvette Coppersmith
Moving to Melbourne in 2004, Justin became involved with Voiceworks
(publishing writers under 25) as a regular contributor and member of the editorial committee. In 2007 he became a senior writer for Frankie
penning regular columns until 2011 alongside Benjamin Law and Mia Timpano. His work has since been published in the Good Weekend, Smith Journal and The Big Issue.
Justin began an ezine to a devoted mailing list in 2003 (LapTopping
2003-2012), primarily to promote the affairs of The Bedroom Philosopher. After a five year hiatus he rebooted the gazette in its current iteration under his own name:
In 2022 Justin penned several feature columns exclusively for this site. He also acted out his life out in a one man theatre adaptation of Get Up Mum. It’s set to tour in 2023 and beyond.
He has previously performed as The Bedroom Philosopher after winning the ABC competition Heywire and scoring a regular songwriting segment on Triple J’s Morning Show in 2002. He has released several albums including the ARIA nominated Songs From The 86 Tram (2010) which won the Director’s Choice award at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2012 he self-published The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries which was endorsed by Neil Gaiman.
photo: Kylie Carlson