Slouch Hat Soldiers


Bob Jarrad at the launch of his book Slouch Hat Soldiers

Over 120 people packed the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area to see SA writers Jude Aquilina and Patrick Allington launch Bob Jarrad’s new war poetry book, Slouch Hat Soldiers: Generations at War.

Featuring a collection of high quality, emotive and thought provoking poems, coupled with the incredible artworks of Australian war artist Barry Spicer, Slouch Hat Soldiers: Generations at War is a very personal, yet universal account of three wars that Australians have been involved in.

Inspired by his grandfather’s war diary and collection of medals found in a tin at his father’s house, Bob was drawn to uncover the experiences and history of his family’s involvement in major conflicts and make them accessible to all through poetry.

Bob’s book has made such an impact in the veteran community, that it has made it’s way to the National War Memorial, to future Governor General, Gen. Peter Cosgrove and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Copies of the book are available to purchase from the Slouch Hat Soldiers website or borrow a copy at the Library.