09 May 2019, The Tablet

The life of the poet


Australia’s greatest poet, Les Murray, was born on 17 October 1938, in Nabiac, New South Wales. He was the only child of fiercely proud dairy farmers bowed and shamed by a grinding poverty which Murray described in “The Tin Wash Dish”.

He grew up in the isolated nearby valley town of Bunyah. He lost his mother when he was 13, when she died of blood loss during a miscarriage.

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