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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Enter a Written Competition

With restrictions in place affecting festivals and events, the best way to participate in the world of bush poetry is to keep writing. The best way to improve your writing is to keep doing it and to edit, edit, edit. To see how your writing is going, the best way is to enter a competition.

They're listed on the Events & Results page.

The EKKA online bush poetry competition was a wonderful success and overall champion John Davis of Kings Point NSW was featured in this great article in Queensland Country Life.
John Davis
Videos of all the winning entries can be seen here.

The winners of the Bronze Swagman Award for Bush Verse were recently announced. Results here.

The competition celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Information here.

See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.

President's Report August - September

President Tim SheedIt is a strange feeling writing this report. A sense of déjà vu as we are still under the cloud of the pandemic with no real solution yet in sight.

Planning is going ahead for the Golden Dampers in Tamworth in 2021 as well as The National Bush Poetry Championships in Orange, as part of the Australian Poetry Festival in Orange in February 2021.

The funding for the Nationals Competition is pending at this time but we are hopeful that the decision will be made in early August.

The current border closures have meant that we have not been able to travel north this year for the first time in six years, just like everyone else. The positive to come out of all of this is that we have smartened up the place and sorted out and gotten rid of so much clutter and I am sure that many of you can identify with that. Nature strips and gardens generally look the best maintained I have seen them to date.

My better half has been working on a recipe book, podcast and live broadcast of the story of Sheila Sheed, my mother.

Many people have said this slowdown has given them time to reflect and catch up. That is not a bad thing.

Stay active and safe and I will report further in the spring.

Tim Sheed, President.

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