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Just Billy single work   poetry   "To some he was a bad bugger"
Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 Just Billy
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  • Dedication: Today when I go downtown in my wheelchair and talk to different people, some tell me I used to be a wild bugger, while others say I was a bit of a rogue. So I wrote this poem and dedicated it to myself. Hopefully, some who read it may understand what I felt at times. To tell the truth, a lot of people in Mitchell have been good to me and made life in a wheelchair so much easier, which I appreciate deeply.

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    y separately published work icon Broken Dreams Bill Dodd , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1992 Z502310 1992 selected work life story poetry

    '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

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1992
    pg. 95-96
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