Rod Williams, Bush Poetry

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WELCOME TO MY BUSH POETRY WEBSITE

WOW - CLEAN UP AT CORRYONG! ABPA CHAMPIONSHIPS' AUSTRALIAN MALE CHAMPION & TOTAL OF 8 AWARDS
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ABPA awards
(Photo courtesy Wangaratta Chronicle)

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HIGH COUNTRY LIBRARY TOUR FOR KIDS AND AGED CARE IN MYRTLEFORD
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At Wangaratta Library
Archie Crispin, Roderick and Dusty, at Wangaratta Library Performance
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RESOUNDING SUCCESS AT THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER FESTIVAL AS REPORTED IN THE BORDER MAIL
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myself

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REVIEW OF MY PERFORMANCE AT SOLDIERS POINT BOWLING CLUB
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Soldiers Point Show

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JESSIE HAS GONE TO DOGWANALAND
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Jessie

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TRIP TO THE CHANNEL COUNTRY AND RE-LIVING OLD SHEARING DAYS
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Hotel Charleville

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“BONZA BARGAINS”!!!
All Books and CDs on Special Discounts until end of February 2014.
 
Award Winning book “Frogs and Dogs and Kids” plus beautiful 64min CD of the same name — $20.00 incl postage.
All individual Books and CDs — $12.00 each incl Postage.
 
Excellent quality cassette “Rod and Jessie”, which includes 4 Bush Songs ––– $10.00 incl Postage!

HIGH QUALITY - PROFESSIONALLY PRODUCED BOOKS AND CDS!!
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If you love and care for the Land and Environment, Children and Animals - these Poems, written with Passion and Dedication are for you!
There are also songs included on the CDs and Cassette.
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STORIES COMING SOON – TIMES SPENT WITH VINCENT LINGIARI AND THE GURINDJI PEOPLE AT WATTIE CREEK IN 1970.
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MY OLD MATE'S DROVING MEMORIES.
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Hello friends, a warm welcome to my bush poetry website from myself, Rod Williams, and my “Bonza Blue Dog” Jessie, my best mate. That's us in the picture below on the right. Bush poet Rod with Jessie
I've put this website together so that I can tell you a bit about myself and my work.

To see my published titles of bush poetry, click on the WORKS menu item on the left. You'll learn a bit about them all. There are sample poems from each title as well.

In the BIOGRAPHY item I've given you an outline of my life. I must say it's been a varied and colourful journey until now and if I remain positive, the best and most creative periods are yet to come. So I will be adding to this section.

If you are interested (after reading some of the information provided) in my poetry and wish to buy any of the items displayed, then I've provided the means for you to do so under the BUY menu item.

I give performances of my own work, Traditional songs, bush poetry, bush ballads and poetry by past writers and several current works, done with the permission of the authors.
I also have a special show that I do for Primary school kids and children's groups. My beautiful “Bonza Blue Dog” Jessie is of course, the “Star”.
I am one of the N.S.W. Education Department's approved performers and can be found on their website www.schools.nsw.edu.au/pfs
Again, if you're interested, have a look at the BOOKINGS menu item on the left.

I've won a lot of awards and recognition for my poetry and performances. I've listed these under the AWARDS menu item. Not to big note myself but to show there's others beside myself who see value in my work. I hope you become one of them.

 
 

CLEAN UP AT CORRYONG
ABPA awards
Shortly after recovering from a serious illness I entered the Australian Bush Poetry Championships at Corryong.
To me it felt like one of the best performances of my life and the judges obviously agreed. I came away with 8 awards including that of Australian Male Champion Performer.
To read an account of my experiences at Corryong and some of the feelings about contemporary Australia it awoke in me, click here. You will also be able to read a couple of the poems I performed to win my title - my own "Travel The Red Road - Dare To Dream" and Max Merchenslager's "Requiem For A Pioneer".
(Photo courtesy Wangaratta Chronicle)
 
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LIBRARY TOUR AND AGED CARE VISIT
At Wangaratta Library
Dusty and I recently undertook a tour of 6 libraries in the Victorian High Country entertaining the kids there.
This was my first return to work since my serious illness and we were both a bit nervous but the kids were great and we all (kids, Dusty and I) had a wonderful time.
Feeling good about ourselves we made a surprise visit to Barwidgee Lodge, an aged care facility in Myrtleford. I visit here regularly but this was a particularly lovely way to end our little tour.
Click here to read a short account of our tour and visit.
It also contains my tribute to all the people who helped save my life recently.
Photo shows Archie Crispin, Roderick and Dusty, at Wangaratta Library Performance
(Photo courtesy Wangaratta Chronicle)

 
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RESOUNDING SUCCESS AT THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER FESTIVAL
myself
At the recent Man From Snowy River Festival I won six awards.
The Albury-Wodonga Border Mail newspaper published an article, written by Ben Robson, about my success, with an accompanying photograph by Matthew Smithwick.
I was as pleased with the article as I was with my awards. It genuinely reflects some of my thoughts and feelings about Australia, bush poetry, bush poets, mates and mateship.
With the kind permission of The Border Mail, Ben Robson and Matthew Smithwick I am able to share the article with you on my website as a pdf file. Click here to read it.
 
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REVIEW OF MY PERFORMANCE AT SOLDIERS POINT BOWLING CLUB
Soldiers Point Show
Robin Sykes and I recently put on a show at Soldiers Point Bowling Club.
Will Cole attended the show and afterwards I asked him if he'd write a review for the website about my performance.
Click here to read what he wrote.
 
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JESSIE HAS GONE TO DOGWANALAND
Jessie
This is a small tribute to my beautiful Blue Dog mate, Jessie, who died recently. It includes a poem I wrote about our close bond just before she died.
I also introduce my new friend, Dusty, a Collie/Coolie cross and tell of our visits to St. Paul's Hostel, Taree.
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TRIP TO THE CHANNEL COUNTRY AND RE–LIVING OLD SHEARING DAYS
This is the story of my recent trip to the Channel Country with Dusty.
I worked as a shearer and stockman there 43 years ago and this account relates some of my experiences and impressions of the land, the towns, the people and the times, both present and past.
It includes poems and photographs.
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Vergemont Creek Sand hill

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STORIES COMING SOON
After returning recently from the Upper Murray town of Corryong, where I had a great time at the festival (performing lots of poems and singing lots of songs) I have been fired up to write and tell a lot of the stories that have been living inside me, since I played a fairly major role in helping the Gurindji tribe win back the rightful ownership of their land!
While I was at Corryong (through some prize money, book and CD sales and a few bob for a couple of gigs) I was able to pay my expenses and get down to Melbourne, where Jessie (my Bonza Blue Dog) and I stayed for two days and nights with Rob and Kay Oke in North Melbourne.
Thrilling and significant, as I had only met Rob and Kay once and that was in Melbourne 38 years ago, the night before my first trip to the Gurindji homeland in the Northern Territory. Rob and Kay (we were all much younger then, with tons of energy and go) were heavily involved with ABSCHOL, which was the driving force behind the original movement to support the Gurindji after their walk-off from Wave Hill station. I was a member (and head of the Work committee) of “Save the Gurindji Campaign” of which Frank Hardy was the Co-ordinator.
We pawed over the files, receipts, letters and my journals from up there (which are still in my possession) and talked about what should be done with them. The meeting brought a lot of the memories back and those are the stories that need to be told.
Click here to read a sample of one of these stories, “WITH VINCENT BY THE FIRE!!
 
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MY OLD MATE'S DROVING MEMORIES
I have recently finished editing “Life in the saddle” by Viv Walsh, memories of his many years as a Drover.
I kept pushing and prodding Viv, who lives in Murrurundi, (even though I had recorded some of his experiences and had written poems about his droving feats) to write some of his recollections down when he'd often complain and say - “What's an old Drover do to put in time?”
One day Viv phoned me and said – “I've started writin' a bit of a story!” – I was overjoyed to hear this!
It's just been compiled for family and friends at this stage with a copy to The Stockman's Hall of Fame, but it will be a valuable Historical Document and later, may turn into a bigger book!
 
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