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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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Congratulations New Australian Champions

Will MoodyKeith & Sue
Following the ABPA Australian Championships held in Toodyay WA we have new Champions.
Pictured at the left is Written Champion Will Moody from Bellingen, New South Wales.
The new Performance Champions are Keith Lethbridge from Armadale WA and Sue Pearce of Tumut NSW. Thanks to Ron Pearce for the photo.

Meet a Poet - Frank Daniel Encouragement Award nominees

Young Poets
THE FRANK DANIEL ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD was set up by the ABPA to encourage our young writers and performers. In the spirit of Frank's philosophy, the winner is not necessarily a winner of competitions but a young person who shows an interest in and participates in some of the many aspects associated with bush poetry. The ABPA Committee has given free membership for 2018 to the three 2017 nominees. We are very proud of our young poets.

If anyone knows of any children or teens who are showing an interest in writing and/or performing poetry of any genre, we would love to hear of them to see what can be done to support their endeavours.  Please go through Brenda Joy at 

See previously featured poets

Achievers Dr James Fitzpatrick

James FitzpatrickA newcomer to the ABPA competition scene, Dr James Fitzpatrick won the National Championship Male Performance Award in Toodyay, West Australia in both the Original Serious and the Original Humorous categories. 

James has worked for over twenty years as a paediatrician and researcher in some of Australia’s hardest to reach places. He is the President of PATCHES Paediatrics delivering cutting-edge child development and disability services to remote communities through the child protection and justice systems. He is a leading expert on the devastating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

His poetry, collected in his book Philosophy that Rymes – A Poetry Anthology by Dr James Fitzpatrick, “…epitomises the medical humanities—the coming together of art, science and sheer hard work—to reflect on life, medicine, sorrow, hope and love in the heart of Australia.”  From personal experience, his poetry “…takes on some of the country’s most intractable issues in verse… which reveals deep insights and stirs raw emotions.”

For information and ordering go to James's website.

See previously featured achievers.

Tamworth Country Music Festival coming up

Colden Damper Competition 

St Edwards Hall