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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Feature Poet - Jan Facey

Jan FaceyOriginally from England, I had most of my education at Grammar school in London.  On leaving I achieved several Oxford University GCE subjects, including English Literature and English Language.  Following this, I worked for the Education Department for 5 years as a Local Government Officer.

My husband suggested we move to Australia and in 1969 we emigrated to Sydney.  We then moved to the Gold Coast in 1971 and in only a few years, became naturalized Australians.  I was always interested in learning and took many TAFE courses in a variety of subjects but my main interest was with creative writing.  This continued with me attending many workshops and seminars at the Somerset College of Literature which is held for a week or so every year on the Gold Coast.

We then moved to near Bundaberg in 2001.  I have had many hobbies and love travel, but I became involved with poetry in 2003, winning a novice award with my first competition in Bundaberg.  The Bundaberg Poets’ Society have been an enormous help to me.  Because of my English city roots, I was so surprised that I won so many bush-poetry awards - including being Queensland Champion in 2009 and Australian Bush Poetry Performance Female Champion in 2010.  

I’ve performed at many, many places including the Brisbane EKKA (Qld), the World Theatre in Charters Towers, the Tamworth Country Music Festival (NSW), and the Snowy River Festival (Victoria).   Besides this, I’ve judged written and performance poetry and written and self-published five books – namely “Australian Feelings”, “On the Lighter Side”, “Let’s Get Serious”, “City to Bush” and “Playing with Verse”, as well as having poetry in other anthologies.  My next book is in the making.

In the last few years I’ve addressed students at primary and high schools, and TAFE, as well as being on the local community radio and ABC radio with some recitals.  

Now in my mid-seventies, I still live a busy life, somehow fitting in lots of travel - and poetry when I can!  Diagnosed with cancer in 2016 but doing well and intending to live a long life, I want to pass on the skills I’ve learnt over the years, so now enjoy providing workshops and seminars on both written and performance poetry - and look forward to seeing you all again soon.   

See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.

Festival Action - Milton Show Poetry Event

Saturday seventh of March 2020 saw a very successful performance poetry event at the Milton show and a total of 44 people took the stage and entertained the audience reciting a poem.

Milton Show
Back row: Ken Potter, Allan Stone, Andrew Pulsford, Bob 'Pa' Kettle, David Stanley, Jim Lamb.
Front row: Mark Thompson, Daniel Costello, Ralph Scrivens, Bill Childs, David Melville, Jonathon Travers, John Peel, Craige Green, Don Gray, John Davis (MC).

The event had three separate competitions commencing at eight o’clock with a poets’ breakfast with walk-up performances which attracted 14 contestants.

The Ruth Davis Memorial Junior Poetry Speaking Competition commenced at 9:30 am and attracted 15 junior contestants who, with out exception, performed brilliantly and were very entertaining.

Milton Show
Juniors (in no particular order) Jake Shea, Aya Magnussen, Lucas McDonald, Xavier Brooks, Willie Gray, Max Chard, Ziggy Gray, Lucas McDonald, Willey Gray, Jennifer Stein, Xavier Brooks, Charlie Sharrock, Arrabella Brooks, Mya Magnusson, Mathew Reid, Jemina Chard.

Milton Show
Ruth Davis Memorial Junior Poetry Speaking Competition place-getters: 1st Jake Shea, 2nd Aya Magnussen, 3rd Lucas McDonald, 4th Xavier Brooks, 5th Willie Gray, 6th Max Chard.

The Open Poetry Speaking Competition had competitors from as far away as Queensland, Victoria, central New South Wales, South Coast and a good line-up of local people. The performances were of the highest standard and ranged from poems by Australia’s iconic poets, modern contemporary poets and a good number of original works composed and performed by the poets themselves.

Milton Show
Ken Potter, Allan Stone, Andrew Pulsford, Bob 'Pa' Kettle, David Stanley, John Davis (MC), Jim Lamb.

Full report and results here.

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