Les Murray

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Les Murray - Australia's leading living poet

Les Murray was born in the NSW coastal town of Bunyah in 1938. He was a fat and unhappy youth who was marginalised by his peers. He married a Turkish woman in 1962, and worked as a public servant in Canberra until 1962. On retirement he decided to become a full time poet and published his first book of poems The Ilex Tree in 1965. He bought back his familiy's original farm land in 1975 and returned to live on the farm in 1975. He refuses to accept goverment support for his poetry, and is a highly political driving force in Australia. He is considered to be one of the best living poets in the world.



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