Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, this beautiful poetry collection takes a poignant look at what it’s like to live on a farm in Australia.

This collection of poetry by Lorraine Marwood describes the essence of Australian life on the land. The anthology contains strong themes of farming and rural living and covers topics such as the working day, hardship & drought, beloved pets and playing in the bush. It also features a special heartfelt poem called Black Saturday that touches on the tragic bushfires which devastated rural Victoria in 2009.
This beautifully designed collection, with interspersed images and drawings immerses the reader in the harsh realities and inspiring moments of living on a farm in Australia.


Lorraine Marwood was born and raised in rural Victoria and has lived for most of her married life on a dairy farm with her husband and their six children. Lorraine is an award-winning poet who has been widely published in literary magazines across Australia, as well as magazines in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Canada. She has also published several children’s novels and collections of poetry. Lorraine is the Australian editor of the UK literary magazine Tears in the Fence and is a writer of poetry ideas and teaching plans for The Literature Base. Lorraine was also the recipient of a May Gibbs mentorship in children's writing.
Her titles with Walker Books Australia include Ratwhiskers and Me, published in 2008 and Star Jumps which was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, Lower Primary Category; received a Notable mention in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, 2010; and was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Children’s Fiction, 2010.


I really found this book enjoyable and interesting because of the Australian culture with in it. This book will enthuse children about poetry and if your looking for a book to send to another country pick up this book i’m sure everyone will love it.

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These poems will make kids grin, wonder, empathise and understand… If you’re looking for a Christmas gift that celebrates the real Australia and a love of language, look for A Ute Picnic. If you need a resource for your library that will enthuse kids about poetry, try A Ute Picnic. And if you want a book to send overseas, one that captures the essence of Australian country life, take my advice and grab this delightful book. I love it!

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