Mark Heyward

Mark Heyward is a Tasmanian author.

He was born in Hobart in 1957 and divides his time between two islands, two homes: The Studio in Lombok, Indonesia, and Fusilier Cottage, in Battery Point, Tasmania.

Mark’s published works include Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey (2013); now in its second edition in both English and Indonesian (2016); Looking for Borneo, images words and music (2014), and The Glass Islands, a year in Lombok (2023).

Crazy Little Heaven 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.’

The Glass Islands has been described by celebrated travel writer, Tim Hannigan, as ‘…a sensitive, insightful and warm-hearted account of life in Indonesia.’

Mark has presented at several literary festivals, including the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival (2013, 2023), Makassar International Writers Festival (2014, 2016), and the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival (2016).

He frequently publishes in magazines, online journals, and national papers –in Indonesia and Australia. Topics include education, culture, travel, literature, the arts, and religion. He is also an accomplished songwriter with a self-published CD of songs about life and love in Indonesia to his credit.

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

Mark is married with four children and two grandchildren.


The Glass Islands, a year in Lombok, UK, Monsoon Books (2023)

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

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

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

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


Selected magazine articles

My island homes, 40South (2023)

Passage to Palembang, The Weekend Australian (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. (1999–2023)

Selected professional publications

Heyward, M. & Collette, P. (2023). Children’s literacy in Indonesia: solving the book supply problem.

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