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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Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival, Orange NSW

Orange 360 and the Rotary Club of Orange put on their most successful festival yet. With events over nine days spread through the district, culminating in an original bush poetry performance competition, it was a great hit with locals and visitors alike.

Primary school winners Sybilla Chapman, Lucy Ward, Niamh Rourke with Tony Cheney and Len Banks.

High school
High school winners Amy Robinson, Abigail Kiely, Charlie Spry with Tony Cheney and Len Banks.

Novice reading
Novice reading winners Louisa Carey, Eric Yeomans, Melanie Pearce with Cr Reg Kidd.

Novice recital
Novice recital winners Ian Butters, David Bolstad, Leesa Ronald with Cr Reg Kidd.

Open winners Andrew Pulsford, Bob "Pa" Kettle, Caroline Tuohey with judges Greg North, Carol Heuchan and Jim Lamb.

Results here.

The Blackened Billy Verse Competition was also awarded during the festival. Results here.

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.