Bruce Walker - Australian Bush Poet
Walker, horseman, cattleman, bushman, truck driver, mechanic,
sawmiller, log cutter, poet - POET! Yes, poet, many people do not know
that Bruce Walker is a talented bush poet whose stories in poetry
fascinate and entertain his listeners, young and old.
A few laughs, a few
tears, a few stories of the past all are woven into the rich fabric of
verse in his poetry book "On The Spur Of The Moment".
The exciting ride on
his brown mare “ Rani“, chasing a murderous dingo, thrills and touches
the horse lover; lots of laughs in “The Man From Yango Creek“ – a
bushman skiing the snowy slopes for the first time, and few eyes are dry
when they hear Bruce’s poem “Danny“, which starts off.
“Have you ever had the dreadful job of shooting your old horse?“
There are some
interesting and nostalgic trips back in time to the old days and old
ways with “Tall Timbers“, “Wallarobba“ and “Ourimbah Timber Town“.
are not forgotten either with the contemporary poems
"Multicultural?“, "The Big Ring “, "The Show Goes On“ and
"The Blue Ute “ - all capture the spirit of Australia today. There is
something in this book for everyone.
The foreword was
written by R.M. Williams who said:- "Those who know the outback
will appreciate his (Bruce’s) efforts to express the spirit of the land
and our people.“
The introduction is
by Gabi Hollows who has been friends with the Walkers since they
taught her to ride when she joined Tall Timbers Pony Club at eight years
old. She stayed on riding until she became an Instructor for that
Gabi said:- “I grew
up with Bruce Walker’s wondrous bush poetry. It is about time he
was discovered by more Australians.“
Glowing comments on
the book have been made also by such well-known personalities as:-
Gina Jeffreys, award winning country music
journalist, star of Television and Radio
– the golden voice on national TV and Radio whom said :-
“Thank goodness Bruce Walker has given us this breath of fresh air,
complete with the eucalyptus. We can now all enjoy a yarn or
“On The Spur Of The Moment .“
Bruce leading Penny and with
dog Scamp going fencing at Yango. In the back country fencing materials
had to be transported by pack horse through the rugged terrain.
As no one had lived at Big Yango for 26 years there were no fences
or buildings except the original three room slab bark hut. Well
over 100 years old it was in fairly good condition, there were only two
leaks in the roof. One over the kitchen table and one over the
middle of the double iron bedstead. Unfortunately the hut was
burnt in a bushfire a few years later.
on Danny Boy, Peter on
Daybreak, Brad on Jumbo, Lindy on Mitzi and Maureen on Nareda at Wyong
The poem about Danny will touch your heart.