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 happenings

The ABPA did a great job of running workshops, the Frank Daniel memorial walk-up competition and the Golden Damper performance competition at the Southside Uniting Church during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Results here.

Although numbers were down in comparison with other years, crowds came to enjoy poets and poetry at various venues during the ten days of the festival.

Dave Prior, Ray Essery and Prousty at the stage door of the very successful Longyard Hotel poets breakfasts, run by Neil MacArthur.

Another happy Longyard audience - this one on Australia Day. The nine-day lineup included Neil McArthur, Marco Gliori, Greg Champion, Errol Gray, Prousty, Ray Essery, Dave Prior, Gregory North, Alan Glover, Bill Kearns, Murray Hartin, Maggi Swain-Daley, Gary Fogarty and special guests Joey and Bianca Reedy and Dylan.

Rhymer's Roundup
The Rhymer's Roundup at the North Tamworth Bowling club was on all ten days and featured (L to R) John Peel, the Rhymer from Ryde (Graeme Johnson), Gregory North, Rhonda Tallnash, Noel Bull and singer Steve Passfield.

Wests Bowlo
Tom McILveen and Susan Ashton (Spiral Time) ran new shows at the Wests Bowling and Sports Club on three mornings of the festival. The free shows were packed and featured Bill Kearns, Spiral Time, Ray Essery, Gregory North, Prousty and some special guests.

Tamworth Gardens
Tom McILveen and Susan Ashton also ran evening shows at the Tamworth Gardens Retirement Village (shown above with Ray Essery on stage) and the Savannah Park Motor Inn.

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.