Welcome to the ABPA website


WELCOME, membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) is comprised of writers, performers and individuals who are interested in bush poetry and enjoy written and live stories in rhyme and metre. If you have an interest in this piece of Australian culture called Bush Poetry, you are welcome here.

The objectives of the Australian Bush Poets Association is to foster and encourage the growth of Bush Poetry in Australia. By definition, Australian Bush Poetry is metred and rhymed poetry about Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life.

To join the Australian Bush Poets Association and receive our bi-monthly magazine, go to our Membership page.

The ABPA keeps in touch with our members through this website (and forum) and our bi-monthly magazine of Bush Poetry news, events, results of written and spoken competitions as well as samples of contemporary bush poetry. Many members have books, CDs and other products. These can be advertised in the magazine. For rates, click here. The deadline for ads and other content for the magazine is the 22nd of the month preceding publication. Magazines are published at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December.

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Meet a Poet - Caroline Tuohey

Caroline Tuohey

Caroline TuoheyThe Story So Far……I grew up in a family where reading was important and books were a constant companion. I always enjoyed writing so completed a correspondence course in creative writing after I finished university.

I have lived in Melbourne, Canberra, Griffith, Armidale and Darlington Point. I currently divide my time between Armidale and Darlington Point.

I have had fiction and non-fiction published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and online.

My first rhyming picture book is called ‘Climb’. It was published with Little Steps Publishing in July 2013. It is a story celebrating adventurous play and childhood imagination for children up to the age of six. It was honoured as a finalist in the ‘Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction’ category of the 2014 International Book Awards.

My second rhyming picture book is called ‘Forest Wonder’. It tells the tale of a forest party the creatures share on a moon-lit night. It celebrates the wonders in nature. It also allows children to enjoy the wonder of magic and imagination. It received First Place in the ‘Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction’ category of the 2016 International Book Awards and received Second Place in ‘Picture Book: Five Years & Younger’ category of the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.

My third picture book is called ‘Boof goes to Beauty School’ and is illustrated by the very talented Kim Feint. It is now available.

My fourth picture book will be due out mid 2019 and has a Christmas theme. It’s being published by Little Pink Dog Books.

In March 2013 I entered the world of bush poetry by performing at the John O’Brien Festival and received the Jim Angel Award for Best Performance of an Original Poem. Since then, I have gone on to write, perform and compete on the bush poetry circuit and also at social and corporate functions.

I have a self-published book of my bush poetry called ‘Riverina Rain and other poems’.

My children’s stories and poems have been published in literary journals, namely The School Magazine (Australia) and The Looking Glass (Ireland), The Caterpillar (Ireland) and the Australian Children’s Poetry website.

I enjoy speaking at schools and helping students with their writing goals. I also perform my poetry at corporate and social events.

To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website or contact me on 0428 675 743.
Caroline on Facebook
Facebook Forest Wonder
Facebook Boof goes to Beauty School

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements - Greta Sullivan

Greta Sullivan

Greta Sullivan Greta Sullivan is fourteen. She lives in the rural setting of Kyabram in Victoria. She enjoys reading, writing, growing vegetables, and learning about other cultures and religions. Her favourite subject is English. Greta would like to be an author when she finishes school “…or maybe even sooner…”.

Greta is the current holder of the Frank Daniel Encouragement Award which was set up by the ABPA to encourage our young writers and performers.  

Her poems have been published in the Australian Literary Magazine, Free XpresSion, in the ABPA Magazine and on poetry websites throughout the country.

See previously featured achievers.

Festival Action

2018 Annual Milton-Ulladulla Junior Written Poetry Competition, Milton NSW.

Milton-Ulladulla Juniors
Place-getters Zara Clegg and Thomas Squires

Thanks to John Davis for organising this great annual event and providing the photos. Results here.


The 2018 Bronze Swagman Book of Verse is now available.

Bronze Swagman

Poets selected for inclusion in the 2018 book are:
Jim Kent
Shelley Hansen
Geof Grundy
Hugh Allan
Chris Taylor
Tom McIlveen
Tim Borthwick RIP
Brenda Joy
Patricia Coy
Darcy Lloyd
Tony Hammill
Yvonne Harper
Terry Piggott
John Roberts
Steve McGinnis
Peter Rich
Jet Jones
Derek Bland
Keith Lethbridge
Leonie Parker
Mrs Jill Mary Gold
Shelley Hansen
Donald Crane
Donald Adams
Peter White
Marco Gliori
Robyn Sykes
Elizabeth Tobal
Lyle Arnold
Jack Drake
Peter O’Shaughnessy
Peg Vickers
Jan Craig
Tom McIlveen
Patricia Russell
Helen Harvey
Valerie P Read
Mr Graeme Johnson
Val Wallace
Some poets have multiple poems in the book. 

Copies are now available for general sale.

Entries for the 2019 48th annual Bronze Swagman Award for Bush Verse are now open with information here.


2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival Golden Damper Performance Poetry Competition

Golden Damper Competition

More information here.