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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.


Aims
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.

Membership
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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Benalla Entertainment Muster, Victoria

From 11-13 October the Benalla Entertainment Muster delighted crowds with a mixture of poetry and music.
See results here.
Thanks to Lorraine McCrimmon for the photographs.

Benalla Muster Ukes
Some of Euroa Uke group.

Benalla
Elysium (Tone and Shez Mitchell and Michelle Ferguson) backing Jill Meehan.

Benalla

Alan Wright, Geoffrey Graham and Val Kirley - obviously a solemn occasion.

Non-original Song winners
Non-Original Song Champion Wayne Anderson (centre) and Jane Crowe (not pictured) with second-placed Merri Winter (right) and third-placed Adele McCormack (left).

Novice award
Ross Noble Novice Poet Winner Ben Hoeksema (centre), second-placed Jai Thoolen (right), third-placed Wayne Anderson (not pictured), with Geoffrey Graham (left).


Terry Regan

ITerry Regan recently visited Terry at his new digs at Boronia House aged care facility in St Marys NSW. It had been a while since I'd last seen him and aside from being a little stooped over, he looked in good health. He gets around slowly with the aid of a stick. Terry's been suffering from Parkinson's disease and some back fractures but recently dementia has been making things difficult. With his memory starting to fail, he was in hospital for a while before moving to Boronia House.

He is very well cared for and has his own well-appointed room. Boronia House is quite new and luxurious with outdoor areas and lovely gardens. His daughters and granddaughters are regular visitors and Terry is always glad to see them.

Terry's memory is still quite good and he is just a little forgetful at the moment. Some days are better than others for him. His hearing is not great despite his hearing aids but he was still happy to chat. It was great to see him and I'm sure he would enjoy visits from other poets and friends if you're in the area.

Gregory North


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