Mark Heyward

Mark Heyward
Mark Heyward

Mark Heyward is a Tasmanian writer, researcher, musician and education consultant. He has been based in Indonesia for 30 years – and is now in Battery Point, Hobart.

Mark’s book, Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey, is in its second edition and published in both English and Indonesian language. Crazy Little Heaven, first published in 2013, was well reviewed in both Indonesia and Australia, described by veteran author, TV and radio journalist, Tim Bowden, as ‘The best book on Indonesia I have read.’ The Australian Book Review described it as‘…a welcome addition to studies of Indonesian culture. The book is also a testament to Heyward’s skills as a wordsmith.

Mark frequently publishes in magazines, blogs and national papers – mainly in Indonesia but also Australia. Topics include education, culture, travel, literature, the arts, and religion. He has attended a number of literary festivals, as an invited presenter, including the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival, Makassar International Writers Festival, and the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival. He is also an accomplished songwriter with a self-published CD of songs about life and love in Indonesia to his credit.

Mark’s recently completed his second Indonesia-themed book (unpublished; working title The Glass Islands, a Lombok Journey). He is now working on a novel, exploring themes of manhood and coming of age in Tasmania.

Mark holds a PhD, based on research into intercultural literacy in Indonesia, a Diploma of Education, and Masters and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Tasmania. Hebegan his professional career as an early childhood teacher in Tasmania and has worked as a teacher and a school principal in both Australia and Indonesia. He is currently Director of an education development program in Indonesia and is a frequent presenter at education conferences.

Mark is married with four children and two grandchildren. He divides his time between his home in Battery Point, Hobart, and The Studio, an eco-resort he established with his wife in the coastal hills of Lombok.

General publications

Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey, Jakarta: Kompas Book Publisher (Indonesian edition, 2018)

Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey, (2nd English edition) Jakarta: Kompas Book Publisher, (2017)

Looking for Borneo, images words and music, Melbourne: Creatavision Pub. (with photographer,David Metcalf, and artist, Khan Wilson 2014).

Passage to Palembang, The Weekend Australian (2013)

Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey, Melbourne: Transit Lounge (2013)

Lombok, an island community. Tasmania, 40° South (2011)

Over 50 articles published in the Jakarta Post, Indonesia Expat, Lombok Guide and Journey, covering topics such as the arts, travel, music, literature, literacy, education, and religion. (19992020)

Looking for Borneo – Crossing Kalimantan from East to West, Famous Reporter (Tasmania, 1996)  

Selected professional publications

Heyward, M. (2018). PDIA Course Journey: INOVASI’s experience with PDIA to solve the wicked hard problem of basic education in Indonesia. Building State Capability Blog. PDIA in Action. Center for International Development, Harvard University.

Heyward, M. & Brown, T. (2018). From top-down implementation to bottom-up innovation: Using PDIA to improve basic education in Indonesia. Doing Development Differently blog. The DDD Manifesto Community.  

Heyward, M., Hadiwijaya, A.S., Mahargianto, & Priyono, E. (2017). Reforming teacher deployment in Indonesia. Journal of Development Effectiveness. Vol. 9, Issue 2, pp. 245-262

Heyward, M. & Sopantini. (2013). Indonesia, the challenges of quality and equity in education, in Education in South-East Asia, Brock, C. and Symaco L.P. (Eds) Oxford, UK: Oxford Studies in Comparative Education. pp71-93

Heyward, M. Cannon, R. & Sarjono. (2011). Implementing school-based management in Indonesia: impact and lessons learned, Journal of Development Effectiveness, 3:3, pp371-388

Heyward, M. (2004). Intercultural Literacy and the International School, The International Schools Journal Compendium, ECIS, London, Vol.  2 pp75-81

Heyward, M. (2003). Ordinary Teachers Doing Extraordinary Things – Action research stories from the first 12 months of NTT PEP, NTT PEP, Indonesia

Heyward, M. (2002). From International to Intercultural, Redefining the International School for a Globalized World, Journal for Research in International Education vol. 1, no. 1, pp9-32, Geneva: IBO & Sage Pub.

Heyward, M. (2000).  Intercultural literacy: A developmental model, in Falk, Ian (ed.) Lifelong learning: Literacy, schooling and the adult world, Adult Literacy Research Network: Literacy and Learning Series, No 2. Chapter 7. pp 77-89.

Heyward, M. (2000). Intercultural Literacy & the International School, International Schools Journal, vol. XIX, no. 2, April 2000, pp29-36

Heyward, M. (1991).  Size Doesn’t Matter – Self Management and the Small School, UK:Managing Schools Today