On the Australian poet Francis Webb

Introduced by John Hawke, with a reading by Ian Dickson
The ABR Podcast 14 July 2021

On the Australian poet Francis Webb

Introduced by John Hawke, with a reading by Ian Dickson
The ABR Podcast 14 July 2021

Francis Webb, an Australian poet born in 1925, was widely regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most gifted poets of his generation. His creative output was extensive, despite a troubled life living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. His first major poem, ‘A Drum for Ben Boyd’, appeared in book form when he was only twenty-two. In today’s episode, listen to ABR’s Sydney theatre critic Ian Dickson read the poem in its entirety.

 


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