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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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Vale Carol Reffold

Carol Reffold Victorian "poette" Carol Reffold succumbed to lung cancer in Kyneton Hospital on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Known as the Patchwork Poet, Carol was renowned for her poem Gran's Quilt.

A stalwart of the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, Carol travelled much of country performing poetry, judging competitions, conducting workshops and generally promoting bush poetry and its performance.

Our thoughts are with Carol's family.

A Tribute to Carol

A unique spoken-word artist and multi-award winning performer, Carol was one of Australia’s most highly regarded poets and story tellers. She also hosted workshops on writing and reciting bush poetry, and wrote poems on request.

Carol wrote, performed and combined her original verse, anecdotes and comedy routines which took you on mind journeys not easily forgotten; both outrageously funny and deeply moving. Carol also dipped into the works of the great Australian poets.

She inspired poets and audiences across Australia at some of the major spoken word festivals and recently in Great Britain.
Carol recently started a new career as enrichment speaker on cruise ships and prepared a number of audio visual presentations to enhance her reciting.

At Corryong Man from Snowy River Bush Festivals, and Benalla Musters, Carol has been a favourite poetry performer, judge and right hand woman to me for the last 15 years or so. Her special talents in stagecraft, design, media, judging and MC skills were invaluable.

Please post tributes either on Carol's Facebook page or on Victorian Bush Poets and Friends.

A celebration of Carol's life was held at Wooling Hill Garden Estate in New Gisborne on Friday the 7th June.

Postal address is:
Jack Reffold
219 Markham Road
Riddells Creek Vic 3431

Blessings to all from Jan Lewis

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Festival Action

'Spirit of the Bush' festival at Boondooma Homestead, Queensland

The annual 'Spirit of the Bush' festival held at the Boondooma Homestead, Central Queensland, was again a great success with a week of entertainment including music - balladeers, four poets' breakfasts, fun activities and a very moving Anzac service. Lots of good Aussie sharing.

Boondooma poets
Photo by Hal Pritchard of the poets (left to right) -- Noel Sorrensen, Brian Weier, Paul Fleming, Suzanne Honour, Brenda Joy, Clarrie Weller, John Bidgegood and Gary Fogarty.



Anzac Parade.