Dirk has been involved in the arts since childhood, primarily as a musician. Born in Germany, he lived and worked in Switzerland and France before moving to Australia. His published works include German and English academic writing as well as fiction, which has been commended through prizes.
His writing has been shaped largely by the weight of his German heritage; a culture soaked in centuries of artistic brilliance and influential intellectuals, but one in which the grandchildren of wartime Germany now carry a deeply scarred national psyche, ever mindful of the threat of misdirected power and absolutism.
Through his writing, Dirk inhabits the space between action and reason in an attempt to understand the human condition. Growing up in the region of the Grimm Brothers perhaps contributes an element of twisted darkness inherent in some of his characters.
In 2008, Dirk directed his first play in Adelaide.
Dirk is a White Ribbon Ambassador.
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