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Name  Jack Bedson

Role  Writer
Jack Bedson SHEEP DOGS Jack Bedsonillustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe PB BOOK FARM
Books  Don't Get Burnt, Don't Get Burnt!, Or, The Great Australian Day at the Beach, Sleep No More: Poems of Jack Bedson

John William "Jack" Bedson (born 5 March 1950) is an Australian writer, poet, children's picture book author, and former university librarian.


Jack Bedson Jack Bedson SHEEP DOGS Peter Gouldthorpe First edition working dogs

Early life and education

Bedson was born in the Sydney suburb of Redfern and raised in Sydney's inner suburbs. He went to preschool at Blackfriar's School in Chippendale, and primary school at St Benedict's Broadway. He characterises growing up in Sydney's 'slum' suburbs: "Our feet were like leather and we knew little fear ... Bullying, cheating, stealing, lying, wagging school ... wandering miles never lost, killing cats, begging from strangers, and talking to dirty old men. If inner Sydney street life in the 1950s was underprivileged, we didn't know it.". His secondary schooling was at De La Salle College, Marrickville. He worked briefly as a stage hand at TCN9 Willoughby when television in Australia was in black and white, and was accepted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art production course but declined NIDA in favour of an Arts degree at the University of New South Wales, graduating with First Class Honours in 1973 then completing a Diploma in Librarianship in 1974.

Early career and personal life

Bedson pursued librarianship in Burnie, Tasmania in the State Library of Tasmania system. In Burnie he also qualified as a ticketwriter, and began publishing poetry. He travelled for three years in Asia and Europe with his partner Margaret Anne Bain before returning to settle in Armidale, New South Wales where he worked at the library of the University of New England. He has one son, Remy, with Margaret Bain.

Professional and creative life

His professional involvements ranged from literary bibliography to Library disaster management and preservation. He acted as University Librarian of the University of New England in 2000 and 2007-9.

His best-selling children's picture books Don't Get Burnt and SheepDogs, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, are classic Australian tales of the city and the bush. His adult poetry is salted with aphorisms, as in Karma, Sorta:

Youth's the Perfect Crime,

Adulthood the Perfect Punishment'


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