Poems from Jack Thompson's heart
OUR Jack Thompson has never shied away from supporting great community causes. Now he is paying tribute to one of Australia’s greatest poets – Banjo Paterson.
Mr Thompson, who spends most of his time in Woolgoolga, has made a CD recording of the famous Australian poet Banjo Paterson’s battlefield poems.
“These poems are about Australians getting in and having a go, giving it their best shot, the comradeship, the quiet heroism of men standing by their mates through thick and thin, the sheer dependability of the decent Australian,” Mr Thompson said.
“I admire Paterson for that. I love these poems.”
‘The Battlefield Poems of Banjo Paterson’ is the fourth in a series of recordings of the great Australian poets by Mr Thompson.
Banjo Paterson wrote six of the poems during his time as a war correspondent in South Africa during the Boer War – this release coincides with the anniversary of the end of the Boer War on May 30.
By the end of the Boer War more than 23,000 Australians had served with Australian colonial and Commonwealth units.
His other classic recordings are The Bush Poems of Banjo Paterson, The Campfire Yarns of Henry Lawson, and The Sentimental Bloke, The Poems of CJ Dennis.
The new CD is available from FinePoets.com and retail outlets including bookstores and music shops.