D.A.(Tony ) Kearney, the former University administrator who in retirement, developed a new "mature age" career as a scribbler, has, in his eighties, gone digital.

The irrepressible Kearney, who emigrated to Australia in 1938 from Cork, Ireland, describes himself as a "master of the limerick and satiric forms".

He has already published, in traditional book form, a number of collections of limericks and what he likes to portray as studied obfuscation.

Now, at age 81, he has released his first e-book , called
A Frolic in Fiction, which includes some of his out-of-left-field Irish wit.

— Wayne Crawford, Sunday Tasmanian

Tony Kearney, a poet with a cheeky wit and even cheekier grin, decided to skip the pages this time round and has put A Frolic in Fiction online. Not one to shirk from new technology, the former Tasmanian University registrar only began using a computer in 1998.

Almost 1000 limericks later, Kearney has had two books and countless articles published, many on the Internet. He teaches limericks at primary schools around Hobart.

'One day one of them may become the Edward Lear of this century,' he said.

— Alison Ribbon, Hobart Mercury

IP Digital is pleased to announce the release of CD-ROM and e-book versions of A Frolic in Fiction by D. A. (Tony) Kearney, A. M.

While Tony is quite capable of dashing off serious prose in his sleep, he has found a niche writing satire and light verse, if only to brighten up the world a bit. People in general, he believes – and writers specifically – take themselves far too seriously.

He offers A Frolic in Fiction as a modest antidote.

Kearney is a master of the limerick and satiric forms, and has the distinguished credits behind his name to prove it: Master of Limericks, Master of Obfuscation (Oxbridge), Fellow of the Royal Society of Limerickers, Honorary Fellow of the Ancient and Royal Society of Obfuscators. He has a wit and turn of phrase that is sadly lacking in many what-you-see-is-what-you-get titles found on the shelves of many shops.


D.A (Tony) Kearney, M.Lim., M.Obfus. Oxb. Hon.D.Lim. Camf Hon. FARSO, FRSL, is a Tasmanian writer (in real life, AM, LL.B).

“I am an 82 year old Irish-Australian. Born in Cork, I was sent in chains to Van Dieman’s Land (now Tasmania) in 1938. I was a member of the administrative staff of the University of Tasmania from 1946 to 1978. During this period, I wrote a multitude of agendas, letters, memoranda, minutes and reports. While all were couched in exquisite and exemplary English, they were also incredibly dull.

After various part-time activities on behalf of the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments from 1978 onwards, I became an unemployed and unemployable human resource in 1994 at the tender age of 75. In order to avoid stagnation and an early grave, I took up writing first as a hobby and then as a part-time career. My output now includes 33 articles, 29 short stories, 19 odes, over 600 limericks and 1 very short play.

My previous work includes A Potpourri of Limericks and Rollicking Ramblings of an Irishman (both VDL Publications. 1997 and 1998 respectively). My stories and poetry have also been published in 200 Years of Australian Writing (VDL Publications), New Writer Magazine (KT Publishing), Tea Time Tales (Readers’ World), Galloping On (Access Press), The Coffee Break and FreeXpression, (Readers World) and In Black and White (Murlysdar Publishing).

Awards include first prizes in Oz Writer 1996, Maroochy Arts Festival 1998, Betty Nicholson Memorial 1999 (shared), Salivan (Montreal) 1999 and Readers’ World 2000 Short Story Competitions and numerous high commendations and commendations.”