Stephen Whiteside has been writing and performing rhyming verse for many years. Many of his poems have been published in magazines or anthologies, both in Australia and overseas, or won awards. He has also self-published several volumes of verse.
In 2014, Walker Books Australia published his collection of poetry for children, “‘The Billy That Died With Its Boots On’ and Other Australian Verse”. These are all poems to be recited, or read aloud, ‘around the campfire’.
Stephen is a great fan of the Australian poet C. J. Dennis. He is closely involved with the organisation of the annual “C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival” at Dennis’ former home in Toolangi, “The Singing Gardens”, in October.
Australian Bush Laureate Awards 2015 winners
An emotional appearance by the six-year-old granddaughter of the late Judith Hosier, one of the much loved founders of the Bush Laureate Awards, was a feature of this year’s presentation in Tamworth, Tuesday evening, January 20.
Young Lily presented the Judith Hosier Award for outstanding services to Australian Bush Poetry to veteran poet Milton Taylor from Hartley NSW, who was unable to attend the Awards because of ill health. His award was accepted on his behalf by another Judith Hosier Award winner Trisha Anderson.
Winners at this year’s Awards, which started in 1996, were:
• Book of the Year: The Billy That Died With It’s Boots On by Stephen Whiteside from Melbourne.
• Album of The Year: Bargo Bargo by Manfred Vijars from Brisbane.
• Published Poem of the Year: The Ghost of Long Tan by Tom McIlveen from Port Macquarie, NSW
• Single Recorded Performance of the Year: The Auction by Dave Proust from the NSW Central Coast.
• Traditional Song Lyric of the Year: He’s Droving Once Again by Golden Guitar winner Graham Rodger from Nambour, Queensland.
• Contemporary Song Lyric of the Year: The Lifesaver by rising country music star Amber Lawrence from Sydney.
• The Judith Hosier Award for outstanding achievement in nuturing Australia’s unique heritage of rhymed verse: Milton Taylor from Hartley NSW.
Now in his 70s, Milton is a renowned and highly awarded poet. However it is Milton’s gentlemanly ways and his willingness to help others that has earned him this accolade. He has encouraged and mentored generations of young poets and has unstintingly supported bush poetry events all around Australia for many decades.