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.

ABPA Facebook page Check out our Facebook page.

WANTED: Gary is after any copies or somewhere to obtain any of Don Lloyd's CDs. He will pay any cost to purchase them. Phone Gary on 0466 184 202.

Countdown to Australian Championships in WA 3-5 November

Australian Championships   Australian Championships

The program will start at 9am on the Friday with a workshop conducted by Noel Stallard, and finish on Sunday afternoon with presentation of trophies and awards to winners.

A highlight of the Bush Poets Breakfast on the Sunday morning will be a performance by the judges and very popular poets, Carol Heuchan, Jack Drake and Noel Stallard.

Come and enjoy the fun!

Limited Issue Chook Raffle Number 2 now on

One in 400 Chance to Win $400
Only 400 Tickets at $5.00 each.
CLOSING  3rd November 2017 OR SOON AFTER
This ticket is different-looking to the first one and has great poems on it.
Prize money $400 is donated entirely by our very well known member 'Anonymous'. 

The first of our Chook raffles which was drawn on 5th July was a sell-out and earned the ABPA $2,000.00 - thanks to all of you who invested in tickets and who took a big part in selling them. 

Not bad going! to you dear members and friends who have answered the call so far - well done and thanks from all of us for your generosity. It is much needed funding - almost unobtainable from  elsewhere these days.

The Second Chook raffle is under-way with 10 members purchasing 58 tickets already this month.
This time the proceeds of $2,000.00 will be designated mostly for the  ABPA  Anthology currently being compiled, ready for Tamworth 2018, and the remainder towards coffee and mudcake for the Treasurer. (only joking!) Pardon that slip - the remainder: to avoid increasing membership fees, it will be towards running costs of the ABPA especially postage, all properly accounted for! 

Please purchase your Limited Issue Chook Raffle Tickets number 2-2017 from now until 3rd November - sooner rather than later please - so that Doug and I don't have to do three stints instead of one in our shopping centre again. We did have three fun days so must not complain. 

The best way to do this very much needed fund raiser is...
Books of tickets are now available on request for you to volunteer yourself as the official ticket-seller - all really fun and easy - to family, friends, neighbours, shopping centre, club, sports meets etc.   All details and documentation for shopping centres will be given and you do the rest!
It can be done without a doubt. My husband Doug (a member) and I have sold 104 tickets between us since 25th April. We have even set-up in the local shopping mall for the day selling tickets and had a ball. We do not expect anyone to do that as it is a little daunting if you haven’t done that sort of thing before, but worth a good think - with help from me for signage.

Here's how….
Cheque made out to A.B.P.A.  for $5.00 or multiples of...
plus a SSAE, if no email address, for returning your tickets
OR your email address to have the ticket emailed to you, saving your stamp,
with a note advising your name and address and phone number. Thank you.
Send to:  The Treasurer, ABPA, 48 Avoca Street, Kingaroy, Qld. 4610 

OR direct deposit $5.00 or multiples of… using ‘pay anyone’ on your online banking...
ABPA Inc.     BSB 633 000      A/c no: 154842108      Reference: ‘Tickets – your surname’
plus an email letting me know it is happening with the deposit receipt number included.
Treasurer's email here.
The ticket will be emailed to you with thanks.
NO Securepay FOR CHOOK RAFFLE TICKETS. (ABPA does not do Paypal any more) 

If you feel you can, I’ll trust you to accept money, bank it or send your covering cheque, and email me with the names, amount each, SSAE and/or email addresses, so I can complete the process if any of you want to do it that way. The receipt is the ticket that I issue when I receive the money. That way it will need to be on trust with people you know and they trust you

So, here’s how to spread the word – only if you want to. We are all in this together. 

We enthusiastically ask others ‘to help the ABPA by purchasing a 1 in 400 chance of winning $400.00  (‘would you like to buy a ticket’ may be answered with a ‘no’) Never assume. Thank them. 

We cheekily and politely say ‘how would you like to win $400.00 with 1 in 400 odds, better odds than Lotto. ‘ (that gets the interest going) Graciously accept the reply whatever it is. Never push further.

We thank you for your consideration and generous participation.
The Australian Bush Poets Association Inc is a Registered Not For Profit Charity.  ABN 17 145 367 949.
Authorised by The Treasurer, Carol Hutcheson,
48 Avoca Street, Kingaroy, Qld. Phone 07 4162 5878
using Gaming Rules as set by the various State Governments.

Meet a Poet - Christine Boult from WA

Christine BoultChristine Boult was born in England and came to Australia with her parents as a ten pound pom. She has had a deep, ongoing love affair with Australian folk lore, history, dance and music for over forty years. She became involved in the folk movement in Perth and Adelaide during the seventies, as a dancer.  An Irish tin whistler, Tim Whelan, told her she would never be alone if she had a tune. She now thinks the same applies to a poem.

Christine has only been writing poetry for the last eleven years, although she has always written.  Initially, she wrote and collaborated on plays for her extensive work directing youth theatre during the seventies and eighties. However, she also wrote biographies of local personalities for the paper in Fremantle. She is concerned with issues and stories - people and their idiosyncrasies fascinate her. At present she contributes regularly to Trad and Now, a national folk magazine based in Gosford.

Although Christine often recites other people’s poems and classics, she has a fondness for Frank and he often features in her poems. People often ask “ Who is Frank?” and have even been keen to meet him at her house. However, Frank is a conglomerate of the people in Christine’s life.  Be careful or you may find a glimpse of a conversation come back veiled in a poem.

Christine has recently retired from her work as a schoolteacher ( Drama, Literacy and English) and Feldenkrais practitioner in Western Australia.

She is now sifting through the clutter of the last 30 years. When in Perth she enjoys playing for Morris dancing and feels privileged to be involved with the WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners. She now plans on travelling Australia and hopes to visit the locations of her favourite poems and songs. She may also be seen at folk festivals with the wheeze and suck brigade; playing and singing with her concertina.

Christine is the editor for the WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners newsletter (The Bully Tin) and welcomes poems and information about what’s on in Australia for that publication.

Christine is the current ABPA West Australian Performance Champion, backing up her previous wins and successes in this and other competitions including the 2017 Victorian Championships.

See previously featured poets.

Achievers Bill Gordon - President of WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners

Bill GordonAt the end of 2015 I had been farming for 50 years. In that time my life has taken many twists and turns. I started as a farm hand working for my father. Then I graduated to becoming stud groom, showing Dad’s Angus cattle at Sydney Royal Show and several country shows in NSW (the family farm was near Orange).

At the time I married Meg I was running my own Angus stud and commercial cattle herd plus prime lambs.

After we moved to Boyup Brook in 1978 with three boys under 4ys. It was Merino sheep plus oats. The collapse of the wool market in 1990 forced us into cropping canola and barley. We are still growing those crops, but the sheep enterprise has shifted focus onto the live export market.

So my farming career has not been simply doing the same thing year after year. I have also been a wool classer, mechanic, chook farmer, bush vet, bookkeeper and worn many other hats in my time as a farmer.

The ‘Bush Poet’ hat is fitting very comfortably at the moment.

Recently we have been leasing the farm and spending a lot of time travelling, writing poetry, attending and performing at festivals, and catching up with family and friends right across Australia. The camper trailer has been giving good service and nowadays we could be anywhere...

Bill Gordon
WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners

See previously featured achievers.

Garry Lowe not going well

Garry LoweLong-term ABPA member, Garry Lowe, has been having a bad time in recent months. In early April Garry suffered a brain bleed. For a couple of months he seemed to be recovering but then started going rapidly down hill.

Daphne, Garry's partner, has advised that he is now at the stage where he rarely speaks, and even then, on some occasions, it makes no sense. Garry was transferred from hospital to a Nursing Home in early August.

Any Poets who wish to enquire about Garry's situation can ring Daphne on Garry's mobile: 0428 266 840.

Garry, whose name appears on The Wall of Fame at the Longyard Hotel in Tamworth, has for many, many years been a clever writer, wonderful performer and very good judge of Performance Competitions. He had a great, outgoing personality and will be sadly missed on the bush poetry scene.

[Thanks to Terry Regan for this update.]