Meet Laurie Dicker, author of Dust, Dags, Drongos and Flies: bush yarns from the outback, a collection of short stories set in small Australian country towns of the 1950's. About Dust, Dags, Drongos and Flies: bush yarns from the outback This wonderful book of tall stories brings out the true Aussie spirit of the bush and the characters who forged a life against all odds while still maintaining the larrikin nature and sense of humour, so distinctive to the Australian outback. This comes from a place over the horizon, beyond the black stump, where men are bigger, stronger and tougher and will tell tales until the rabbits stop breeding. You will laugh and cry with the characters; Paddy, Timber, Taffy, Rusty, Dutchy, Ding Dong, Squeaky, Rowdy, Shorty, Stinky, Butch and many others as they get themselves into and out of awkward situations so familiar to anyone who has ever lived in the country. You will meet them at the Commercial, the Railway, Joe the Greek’s, at the sale yards, on the farm and in the bush. This is as Aussie as CWA, lamingtons, damper, Holdens, harvesters, cattle dogs, kelpies and a frill neck on the black stump. So sit back with a cold beer, taste the dust, shoo the flies, wipe the sweat from your brow and enjoy these great yarns. About Laurie Dicker Laurie is a gifted story teller. He was born in a small country town, lived in a number of others and was educated at an agricultural boarding school. Throughout his working life he visited numerous country centres where he took the opportunity to meet with and listen to the local characters and tale tellers, talking about their history, hardships, achievements and the mischief they got up to. Caravanning over many years also took Laurie and his wife Judy to most country regions in Australia. Laurie has a deep passion for country folk with their open, uninhibited, unsophisticated and undisciplined nature and their distinctive wit and humour as sharp as a whip crack and as dry as a dead dingo’s dongers. They are the real people of this country. They will look you in the eye, shake your hand, tell it as is and will give you the shirt off their back. They fight the odds and anyone who gets in their way. They take risks, overcome the droughts, floods, plagues, banks, coppers, visiting football teams, shearers and the government and yet still smile as they tell a yarn. They are the true salt of the bush. Find Laurie Dicker's books in our libraries http://library.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ?ENTRY_NA... Find out more about Laurie Dicker http://www.dicker-books.com/index.html Discover other National Year of Reading events in our libraries http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=97921 Dates / Times Caboolture Library, 17 October 2012, 10.30am Deception Bay Library, 25 October 2012, 10.30am Arana Hills Library, 01 November 2012, 10.30am Narangba Library, 14 November 2012, 10.30am Cost FREE Bookings Bookings for this event are recommended. (alexdaw)
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