Welcome to the ABPA website

HAPPY 2017 from all at the ABPA!

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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Changes to Competition Package
The annual review of the ABPA Competition Package resulted in some changes to the ABPA Guidelines, Procedures, Assessment sheets and Entry Forms for both Performance and Written competitions. Following post review feedback some further minor adjustments have been made to the Performance Bush Poetry and Yarn Spinning Assessment sheets.
So that all concerned with the organisation of, judging of or participation in competitions, are in tune with the 2016 upgrades, everyone is urged to re-familiarise themselves with all the relevant documents and helpful information in the current ABPA Competition Package on the Competitions page. Should you have any queries please contact the ABPA Secretary or 
or Brenda Joy, the Review Sub-Committee Secretary. Contacts here.

No Bundy Bush Poetry Muster in 2017
See Bundabereg Poets' Society explanation here.


2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival Bush Poetry events

Robyn Sykes has kindly put together a list of events for the upcoming Tamworth festival. See it here.

Frank DanielThe ABPA is running the Inaugural Frank Daniel Bush Verse Award at St Edward's Hall, 72 Hillvue Road, South Tamworth during the festival. Full information here.

2 - 4 pm except Wednesday 25th (ABPA AGM)
Walk up and compete.
Judged by the audience.
5 minute time limit.
Daily cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places who may compete at the Australia Day final 2pm.
Overall winner receives a trophy and cash plus the opportunity to perform at the famous Longyard Hotel Poets Breakfast on the following Sunday morning.
Thanks to Ray Essery (who had the brainwave), Neil McArthur and Tom McIlveen for donating prizes.
$5 entry.

ABPA Golden Damper Awards 2017 Bush Poetry Performance Competition
Heats: Tuesday Jan 24, Thurs Jan 26 and Fri Jan 27: all 10.30am - 1.30pm. Gold coin donation entry.
Finals: Sat Jan 28, 10.30am-1.30pm. Entry $5. Entry forms and more information on Events page.
NEW VENUE: Tamworth Rugby Club - Marius Street. Parking in Marius and Macquarie Streets adjacent to the Rugby park. Festival Shuttle Bus stop also nearby.

Blackened Billy Verse Competition - winners announced at Golden Damper heat (see above) on Friday 27th January.

ABPA Annual General Meeting - 2 pm Wednesday 25th January at St Edward's Hall, 72 Hillvue Road, South Tamworth.

Poets Showcase Breakfast - Gary Fogarty hosts a rotating roster of Australia's most popular bush poets. Monday 23rd - Friday 27th January 8 - 10 am at the Frog & Toad Listening Room 236 Goonoo Goonoo Road, Tamworth. $8 entry.

Rhymer's Roundup - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Friday 20th - Wednesday 25th January at North Tamworth Bowling Club, 22-26 Bligh Street (cnr Piper), North Tamworth. Featuring The Rhymer From Ryde, Gregory North, Rhonda Tallnash, John Peel, Noel Bull and musos Pat Drummond and Steve Passfield. $7.50 entry.

The Longyard Hotel Poets Breakfast - Hosts: Neil McArthur and Marco Gliori
Saturday 21st  – Sun 29th January, 8 - 10 am at The Longyard Hotel Goonoo Goonoo Room (at rear of hotel). $10 entry.

3 Blokes Fishing - Poetry, Comedy, Music with Marco Gliori, Alan Glover, Peter Willey at Tamworth Golf Club, Mahony Ave.
Sunday 22nd – Fri 27th January, 11 am - 1 pm. Bookings 02 6765 9393. $20 entry.

Muz Hartin 30 years at Tamworth plus CD Launch. Seven Exclusive One Man Shows from The Bloke Who Wrote Turbulence.
Sat 21st  - Mon 23rd January, Wed 25th - Sat 28th January. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tamworth Golf Club. Mahony Ave. Phone 02 67659393 for tickets: $20

Bush Poets and Balladeers Concerts 7 pm 24th & 27th January at Tamworth Gardens Retirement Community Centre, Tamworth NSW. Featuring Pat Drummond, Ray Essery, Gregory North, Peter Mace, Bill Kearns, Garry Lowe, John Peel, Noel Bull, Rhonda Tallnash and Tom McIlveen. Phone 02 6761 7087. $10 entry.  INFO

Poettes - Friday 27th January 2 - 5pm at St Edward's Hall, 72 Hillvue Road, South Tamworth. $5 entry.

Blast from the past

Blast from the past

Thanks again to ABPA foundation member John Major for sending in this photo taken by his late wife Joy, in 1994. From the left Bob Miller, Bill Hay, Marco Gliori, Noel Cutler, Murray Hartin, John Major and Sandy Miller.

See previously featured poets.
See previously featured achievers.

Vale John Major

The late John MajorIt is with great sadness that we report the sudden and unexpected death of one of our long-time stalwarts, John Major. John shared his love for bush poetry with adults and children throughout Australia for many years. The Aussie Bush Poetry community is poorer for his loss and our sincere sympathy goes to his family at this sad time.