Jack Davis (1917 - 17 March 2000) born in Perth, has been writing since he was fourteen years old. The fourth child in a family of eleven, he spent his childhood in the mill town of Yarloop. He worked for several years as a stockman in the north before returning to Perth and settling into fulltime writing and a long life of service to the Aboriginal cause.
His book publications began in 1970 with The First Born, a volume of poetry. Jagardoo: Poems from Aboriginal Australia (1978) and John Pat and Other Poems(1988) followed. A leading playwright, his plays include No Sugar, Burungin, Honeyspot, Kullark and the Dreamers, and Our Town. In 1991 his memoir, A Boy’s Life, was published.