Widely recognised as Australia’s most popular poet, Bruce Dawe was born in Fitzroy, Victoria in 1930. Bruce Dawe has published 12 books of poetry, one book of short stories, one book of essays, and has edited two other books. Many articles have been published dealing with his writing. Bruce has received numerous awards for his poetry. In 1992, Dawe was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to Australian literature.