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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Meet a Poet - Megan Roweth

Megan Roweth“My name is Megan Roweth and I live in Millthorpe, a small town in New South Wales, with my mum, my dad and my little sister Joanna. I started writing and performing poetry when I was 6 years old and have loved doing it ever since.

My interest in poetry started when my Dad first started performing it. He walked up and down the hill learning his poems, and every day he would come home and recite a little bit more of the poem he was learning. The only problem was that the poems were interesting, so they stuck in my mind. The first poem I learnt was "Been There Before" by Banjo Paterson, and I learnt it completely by ear, just listening to my Dad. I learnt some poems of my own choice after that and started to recite them at Poets Breakfasts. I also began to write my own. Now I travel around to festivals with my parents and perform at the Poets Breakfasts. I love reciting poetry and I don't plan to stop any time soon!”

At 11 years of age, Megan is certainly showing her potential to be a leading performer in the bush poetry fraternity of the future.  She is currently working on her first album due to be released shortly.  In addition to many successes in performance competitions, her bio and poetry has been published in the Young XpresSions pages of the March 2015 and March 2018 issues of the Free XpresSion literary magazine.

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements - Jason Roweth

Jason RowethA natural storyteller, Jason Roweth presents a dynamic combination of new and old Australian traditional poems, songs and yarns. He’ll take you on a journey, make you laugh, and make you think. A versatile performer, Jason holds an audience in a small room, or under lights – he has a rare ability to make a large space feel small; bring the relaxed warmth of a yarn on the verandah to the big stage.

Jason has spent the last twenty years as a singer, reciter and musician, researching, performing and recording Australian traditional music and poetry. He is a keen educator, performing regularly for primary school children in the Bathurst region, where he makes learning a byproduct of an interactive evening of singing, dancing and sharing stories under the stars.

When reciting, Jason draws from the great Australian writers - Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Denis Kevans, Roger Montgomery, John Dengate and many others less well known.

Jason’s skills have been recognised with some prestigious awards, including ABPA Golden Damper Winner 2016, National Folk Festival Reciter of the Year in 2015, and National Folk Festival Yarnspinner of the Year in 2013. 

See previously featured achievers.

Festival Action

The Milton Show Poetry Competition was held on 3rd March. See results here.

Milton Show children
Junior poetry competition entrants: Ivy Lawson & Leila Pepperel, Brodi Tebbutt, Chelsea Soo, Charli Firmstone, Eva Gautier, Kobi Silver, Charli Mcdowell, Emily Hendry, Lucas McDonald.


Milton Show

Open competition entrants, back: Craig Green, John Raine, John Peel, Lucas Mcdonald, Ken Potter, Colin Defries, Peter Dawson, Mike Lavis, front: Anne Rogers, Sue Pearce, Mark Thompson, (absent Ruth Myers).

Narrandera John O'Brien Festival

John O'Brien Festival
Some of the performers and organisers at the closing event, Poetry, Port and Pottage in the John O'Brien Hall: Christine Middleton, Karen Lynne, Tim Sheed, Barbara Bryon, Grant Luhrs, Pat Drummond, John Peel, Des Kelly, Gregory North, Brenda Joy, Robyn Sykes, Noel Stallard, Joan Graham.

Festival competition results here.