A former jillaroo, horse breaker and bull-catcher, Sandy Thorne is a bush poet and Australia’s favourite yarn spinner. She is the author of Bonzer and Old-Timers- Magnificent Stories from Mighty Australians as well as My Mate Gidgee. Sandy has performed at countless festivals, concerts, conferences and other events as well as on TV and radio all over Australia, New Zealand and the US. She launched her first book in 1980 by ripping the top off a stubby with her teeth. Her books have sold over 460,000 copies. She may not be exactly ‘literary’ but she spins a great yarn full of humour, life and colour that engages the reader from the first word.