G'day and welcome to Jack Drake's bush
logged on to some fair dinkum Australian bush poetry
entertainment written and produced in the Queensland,
Australia mountains near Stanthorpe in south-east
Queensland. After years as a horseman, stockman, rodeo
competitor and outback showman bush poet Jack recites his
bush poetry and tells his stories in verse via his bush
poetry performance CDs and books.
Jack Drake is a product of the bush who has
lived the life he writes about. He has straightened up at
the end of eight hours on a shearing board and twisted his
handpiece off ready for a well earned beer.
He knows the satisfaction of riding a horse he has bred
and broken-in with a saddle he has made himself for a
day’s mustering. Like most bush boys, he can handle
shoeing tools, fencing gear, carpentry and welding
equipment, and turn his hand to any of the hundred and one
tasks necessary for survival in the bush.
Born in rural New Zealand in 1950, he is now a
naturalised Aussie and proud of it. He has loved words and
verse ever since his father gave him a copy of Banjo
Patterson’s verses when he was 10 years old.
Initially he self published books of his own poetry
called "Duck for Cover", "Still Ducking", "Dinkum Poetry"
and "Saga of the Dog", but in 2003, Central Queensland
University Press published his anthology of 86 poems plus
6 short stories entitled "The Cattle Dog's Revenge". This
is now the only book available for sale.
His first CD "The Cattle Dog's Revenge" was released in
2001 and his second CD "Dinkum Poetry" was released in
Jack recites his own works plus other bush favorites,
with fire and gusto to the delight of his audiences both
old and young. His life long experience with horses,
sheep, cattle and all bush things adds a ring of
authenticity to his renditions.
Until August 2001, he ran a horse back, trail riding
business known as “Red Gum Ridge Trail Rides” 18 kms SE of
Stanthorpe high up in the border ranges, which kept his
hand in as a saddler, farrier, horse educator and an
occasional blade shearing demonstrator.
written and performance bush poetry competitions which
included the National
Championships in Western Australia.
His wins in bush poetry competitions include:
- The Tenterfield Oracles of the Bush Written Section in
1999, and Performance Section in 2000 and 2001
- The Asthma Foundation of NSW's “Bush Poet of the Year
2001” in Sydney on 30th April 2001
Original Performance Section, National Bush Poetry
Championship at the Brisbane Ekka 11th August 2001 as
well and wins and placings in many other regional
CD “The Cattle Dog’s Revenge” was a finalist in the 2002
Australian Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth and his
latest CD “Dinkum Poetry” has been nominated as a
finalist for 2003
Gumleaf Award 2004 for Best Original Book of Verse "The
Cattle Dog's Revenge"
Commended place in the Bronze Swagman Award for 2012
"The Water of the Wells - Beersheba 1917"
Award for “Australian Bush Poetry Classics” CD
Album of the Year.
“Jack is available for bookings as a poet
comedian for Bush Poetry or Balladeers Festivals,
Breakfasts or Workshops, plus as an After Dinner Speaker
on Outback History.”
His books and CDs have sold as far afield
as Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States as
well as all over Australia. A piece of Jack’s poetry also
adorns the wall of “Café Oz” in Paris, France.
His CDs have had air play on Alan Jones and John Laws
radio programmes as well as ABC National and a host of
here to order Jack's CDs and books now!
Australian Bush Poetry Classics by Jack
Drake - the Teaching Package
Engage students in our early Australian
$87 including postage & handling
Includes: CD, DVD plus Teachers Notes
with printable activities
"The Cattle Dog's Revenge. That is an
Aussie Classic." Dalby, Qld
Australian Bush Poetry, Verse
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