To My Country

by Bruce Whatley
Ben Lawson was preparing for another Christmas away from home when the Black Summer bushfires began to burn their way across Australia’s eastern coast. As the bushfires continued to rage into the new year on an unprecedented scale, Ben, feeling angry, helpless, and broken-hearted as he watched the devastation from across the ocean, sat down and put his feelings into words. To My Country is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and Australians’ shared love of their country.