'Come see my little dugout - way up on the hill it stands, Where I can get a lovely view of Anzac's golden sands.' The Anzac Book was the finest 'trench publication' produced during the Great War and was an instant bestseller when first released in 1916. Created by soldiers under enemy fire and in extreme hardship, the illustrations, stories, cartoons, and poems were intended as a Christmas and New Year diversion for soldiers facing a harsh winter in the trenches on Gallipoli. The way these young men powerfully captured their felt experiences and struggles in the trenches had a huge emotional effect on readers back home in Australia. From Desk to Dugout explores this particular moment in Australian literary and educational history and its intersections with the war at Gallipoli and the history of ANZAC.
Keith is a retired history and English teacher, who in his retirement studied ever more history. He has studied the impact of values in education, completing an Associateship at London University. Keith also works with the Victorian Council of Churches on interfaith relationships. He is the author of several history text books and the tender of an out-of-control garden. In co-authoring this book, he shared with Robyn an understanding of the enormous power of literature and of those who chose curriculum, and that there is no such thing as a values-free education.