Bob Jarrad is a Manufacturing Engineer. A Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), apprentice fitter and turner, he worked at Adelaide University as a Technical Officer in the Departments of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering for ten years. Later, he ran his own engineering business that operated for thirty-five years.
Bob has been a member of the Citizen Military Forces – and for several years, was a Gunner in the 13th Field Royal Australian Artillery, 48th Battery, based at Keswick, SA.
Actively engaged with motorcycle dirt-bike racing for twenty years, Bob rode solo and also swung as a sidecar passenger in endurance events. Nowadays, Bob enjoys a tinker in his workshop – and immersing himself in his writing. He also has a passion for painting with acrylics and oils; and is an accomplished didgeridoo player, having written, recorded and produced a CD of songs and music titled Echos Downunder.
Bob began writing seriously several years ago when, bed-ridden for three months, he could do little else before undergoing major back surgery. Now a prolific writer of poetry, Bob is an active member of the South Australian Writers’ Centre Inc. and North Eastern Writers’ Inc. Bob’s poems have been published in newspapers and magazines and won several awards, including First Prize in the Tea Tree Gully Poetry Festival, 2013 and in the Open Your Mind Mental Health Coalition Poetry Competition, 2012. Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations at War is Bob Jarrad’s first collection of poetry.