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 - Sue Pearce

2017 Female Australian Bush Poetry Champion

Sue PearceMy interest in poetry and storytelling stemmed from my early childhood- growing up on a farm with seven siblings at a time when TV’s and computers were unheard of, phones for the wealthy and the backyard was the mainstay for entertainment, I was introduced to the spoken word through my father who delighted in sharing his love of storytelling, poetry and music. We were encouraged from an early age to take part in the weekly “concert” nights conducted around the open fire. Something as simple as reciting “Little Bo Peep” would get a resounding applause. In later life, with four children of my own, the passion remains fuelled and continues to grow through my eight grandchildren.

In 2011, I began to write poetry, winning a small bush poetry written competition with my first attempt which led to my first performance. Since then I’ve performed throughout the eastern states picking up various awards along the way for both written and performance including the Jim Angel memorial trophy for best original poem at the 2016 John O’Brien Festival. Other successes include- Bundaberg, Tamworth, Corryong, Milton, Benalla, Young Cherry Blossom Festival and more recently Perth- to name a few- while one of this year’s highlights was being invited to perform at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Where ever, whenever, always enjoying the many festivals and opportunities to share our craft with like-minded people-selfless people who have taken the time to pass on their expertise and encouragement- my success is  their success while a National title is indeed humbling-the journey just keeps giving.

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements - Jan Lewis, ABPA Facebook editor

Jan LewisIn January, the ABPA welcomed Jan Lewis as Facebook Editor.

Jan Lewis, also the Victorian State representative, has been involved with the ABPA since its inception.

Jan is also volunteer event manager of the annual Bush Poetry events at The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, and has organised many Victorian and Australian Championships.

Her other role is secretary of Victorian Bush Poetry and Music Association and editor of their Facebook page too!

Jan lives in the village of Cudgewa, Northeast Victoria with her partner Linton, and they enjoy attending folk festivals, fitting them around farm responsibilities and visiting their tribe of children and grandchildren.

See previously featured achievers.

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival Action

The Boyup Brook WA Country Music Festival was held 15-18 February with featured poets Ray Essery and Sue Pearce.

Happy crowd at Bowling Club

The delighted crowd at the Saturday morning Bush Poet's breakfast at the Boyup Brook Bowling club.

If you wanted a theraputic weekend and the company of super friendly people, then the place to be was at Boyup Brook Country Music Festival with the WA Bush Poets on the weekend of 15th-18th February 2018. There was magic in the air and new and lasting friendships were made.

The four well organised Bush Poets' Breakfasts were the highlight of the stimulating and fantastic festival. Bush Poetry united people as they gathered with a common cause, while leaving  cares and duties behind at home.

During the breaks in the Poetry Program there was ample opportunity to experience the music from visiting bands and solo artists on the surround sound stage at the shady Music Park.

A trip to Boyup is not complete without a visit to Harvey Dickson's Country Music Centre, renowned throughout Australia. There you will find the biggest collection of Elvis Presley memorabillia in the country.

This event lived up to its reputation of being the biggest Country Music Festival in WA and ranks amongst the best in Australia, with many patrons coming back year after year, to enjoy the line up of artists - poets and musicians - that are queuing up to be invited.

So mark your calendar for next year!

WA Poets

Sunday morning Poets' breakfast at the Music Park. The photo shows all the WA poets that were present at the event and who stayed at Meg and Bill Gordon's farm.

Orange Banjo Paterson Festival

Some photographs of winners in the poetry competition run as part of the festival held 16-25 February. Results here.

Primary School winners
Primary School winners: Steve Townsend (sponsor), Ebony Inman, Abigail Kiely, Amy Robinson, James Locke (sponsor)

High School winners
High School winners: Denise Martin (Rotary President), Fenella Beer, Sophia Duncan, Kathy Snowball (sponsor)

Novice Reading winners
Novice Reading winners: Denise Martin (Rotary President), Robert Cox, David Judge, Tom Inman, Justin Byrne (Festival Chair)

Novice Recital winners
Novice Recital winners: Derek (Doc) Bland, Val Wallace, Scott Barrett, Denise Martin (Rotary President), Catherine Cheney (Sponsor)

Open winners
Open winners: Denise Martin (Rotary President), Susie Carcary (Judge), Mel Hall (Judge), Greg North (Judge), Rhonda Tallnash, Celia Kershaw

Mayoral Challenge
Mayoral Challenge: Paul Mullins, Reg Kidd, Scott Ferguson, Susie Carcary (Judge)