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y Broken Dreams selected work   life story   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 1992 1992
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Abstract

'When eighteen-year-old Bill Dodd dived into the Maranoa River his life changed in an instant. This young larrikin had enjoyed many adventures as a stockman on a remote station; now he was a quadriplegic. His boxing, running and football days were over, and he would never ride a horse again.

Bill's story begins with a high-spirited childhood in smalltown Queensland, a time of youthful humour and energy. The sudden death of his stockman father affects Bill deeply and he rebels, before himself choosing the exciting life of an apprentice stockman.

Waking up in the intensive care spinal unit, he faces the consequences of his accident and slowly builds a new life.

...Bill's story was written with the aid of a specially designed finger splint, and a typewriter donated by the people of Mitchell, his hometown.' Source: Publisher's blurb

Notes

  • This autobiography also includes 15 poems by Dodd.

Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 1992 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
My Dad i"This poem is dedicated to my Dad" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 78)
J.D. i"I owe a lot to this old fella" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 79)
Shellie i"Shellie looked at me with her big brown innocent eyes:" , Bill Dodd , 1988 single work poetry (p. 80-81)
The Little Red Rose , Bill Dodd , 1992 sequence poetry (p. 82-84)
Shannon i"I've never been a priest" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 82-83)
Sheldon i"As I lay in bed" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 83-84)
A Special Friend i"He was just a playful pup," , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 85)
Reality i"The silver stallion rears up on hind legs" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 86)
Beauty Beyond My Dreams i"The brown stallion is as pretty as a picture," , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 87)
Phantoms of the Sun i"Wild horses are haunting the night sky," , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 88)
Running Free i"A pretty little Palomino pony ran wildly through the gate." , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 89-90)
The Cold South Wind Blowing i"The old stockmen sitting around the campfire" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 91)
Thoughts in My Head i"I'm lying here in bed:" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 92)
Give Me a Go i"I feel down in spirit," , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 93)
Gone Wrong i"I sit here thinking," , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 94)
Just Billy i"To some he was a bad bugger" , Bill Dodd , 1992 single work poetry (p. 95-96)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Urban and Other Aboriginal Writing John Muk Muk Burke , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Ulitarra , no. 11 1997; (p. 110-113)

— Review of Holocaust Island Graeme Dixon 1990 selected work poetry ; Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Untitled June Senyard , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 1 no. 2 1993; (p. 31)

— Review of Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Forecasts Claire Mills , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , July vol. 72 no. 1028 1992; (p. 29-30)

— Review of Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Defiant after a `Little Crisis' John Hanrahan , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 144 1992; (p. 46)

— Review of Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Author Finds Keys to Freedom on a Typewriter Tony Hewett , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 September 1991; The Age , 25 September 1991; (p. 5)
Urban and Other Aboriginal Writing John Muk Muk Burke , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Ulitarra , no. 11 1997; (p. 110-113)

— Review of Holocaust Island Graeme Dixon 1990 selected work poetry ; Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Forecasts Claire Mills , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , July vol. 72 no. 1028 1992; (p. 29-30)

— Review of Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Defiant after a `Little Crisis' John Hanrahan , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 144 1992; (p. 46)

— Review of Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Untitled June Senyard , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 1 no. 2 1993; (p. 31)

— Review of Broken Dreams Bill Dodd 1992 selected work life story poetry
Author Finds Keys to Freedom on a Typewriter Tony Hewett , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 September 1991; The Age , 25 September 1991; (p. 5)
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