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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Tamworth Country Music Festival ABPA events - January 2020

TCMF 2020

WA State Championships - Toodyay

The Western Australian bush poetry state championships were held in Toodyay from 1-3 November. Results here. Written results here.

WA Champs Yarns
Yarn spinning place-getters: Rob Gunn (3rd), Arthur Leggett (2nd), Toodyay Shire Representative Cr. Susan Pearce, Bill Gordon (1st).

WA Champs Overall
Overall Winner (Shire Trophy) and Yarnspinning (Rusty Christensen Trophy) Roger Cracknell, Bill Gordon.

WA Champs Officials
Toodyay Officials: Festival Secretary Meg Gordon, Guest harpist Christine Middleton, Judge and ABPA President Tim Sheed, WABP&YA President Bill Gordon, Judge Geoffrey Graham.

WA Champs Traditional
Traditional Winners: Roger Cracknell (1st), Peter Nettleton (3rd), Shire Representative Cr. Susan Pearce,  John Hayes (2nd).

WA Champs Original Serious
Original Serious Winners: Ray Jackson (3rd), Peter Blyth (2nd), Shire Representative Cr. Susan Pearce, Roger Cracknell (1st).

North Pine Bush Poets Variety Show

North Pine Bush Poets

The North Pine Bush Poets recently ran a variety show to assist the Winton farming families as they battle through this horrific drought. To say that people were generous would be a massive under-statement as the original target was re-set several times and we smashed through the ten thousand dollars to finally end up with approximately $12,500 !!

To those who contributed, we all thank you very much. We saw beautiful and heartfelt donations by people who know the value of the Australian spirit and helping your mates out. The lady from Winton Lions had her speech ready to go and was expecting a cheque for $5,000 but when the $12,500 was handed over her speech went out the window, she could barely speak through the tears that were welling up in her eyes. Thank you one and all, you have changed lives.

A flash crowd performance of Banjo Paterson’s ‘Clancy of the Overflow’ with poets popping up in the audience with a verse each completely surprised the 178 patrons and a group effort delivered the poem’s final stanza in front of the stage to great applause.

Nineteen poets and musicians provided a super afternoon’s entertainment which was wrapped up by a singalong featuring old favourites Black Velvet Band, Botany Bay, Click Go the Shears, Home Amongst the Gum Trees and finished with a rousing finale of Waltzing Matilda.

Winton is a sister city of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and The MBRC provided a grant of $800.00 towards costs. The Chrysler Owners Club of Queensland donated an outstanding $2000.00. North Lakes Sports Club generously donated the free use of the ‘Discovery Room’ to host the concert. There were many substantial donations from across the country and they will all be acknowledged on the North Pine Bush Poets web site and FB page in the near future. Quest newspapers supported the publicity for the event by publishing details in last week’s edition.

Mrs Ivene Campbell, accepting the cheque on behalf of the Winton Lions Club from Club President Ian McDonald said, “This is completely overwhelming. You will have no idea just what this will mean to the people of Winton.” She was clearly elated and a little emotional!

Mick Martin and Mal Beveridge.

Blast From The Past

Mel & Susie came across this photo and wondered if anyone know when and where it was taken and who all the people are.
The faces they could identify from left to right include:
Campbell the Swaggie, blonde lady, man in hat, Milton Taylor, Graham Fredricksen. Then the group. Back row: man with hat, Arcadia Flynn, man with grey beard, man with beard, man with beard and glasses, man in red jacket. Second row: woman in red top, woman with baby, blonde woman in hat, then Arch Bishop in blue singlet with his arms around Wally Finch.
Can you identify when, where and who? Email the webmaster, contact details here.

Blast from the past

See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.