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.

ABPA Facebook page Check out our Facebook page.

See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.

Festival Action

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Presentation 19th October

Ipswich Poetry Feast

Glennie Palmer and Mal Beveridge

Ipswich Poetry Feast

Brenda Joy with Open Age winners, Other Poetry section.

Ipswich Poetry Feast

Manfred Vijars

Ipswich Poetry Feast

Hal Pritchard, Wally and Mary Finch, Brenda Joy


2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival Golden Damper Performance Poetry Competition

Golden Damper Competition

More information here.

Entry form here.


The Blackened Billy

Blackened Billy
The 2019 Blackened Billy Awards for Written Bush Verse will be announced at the finals of the Tamworth Golden Damper Performance Competition. 

ABPA President Gary Fogarty will present the trophy, certificates and prizes and read the winning poem. 


The 2018 Bronze Swagman Book of Verse is now available.

Bronze Swagman

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.