Welcome to the ABPA website


, 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 web-site (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 dealine 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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Competition Package is now available with guidelines, judging and competition sheets, accredited judges list and application form and approved competitions list. If found necessary, these documents are open to amendment or changes as required following membership input and committee approval.

Roll of Honour lists Australian Bush Poetry Champions and ABPA Executive members since inception. There are also tributes to members who have recently passed on.

Bush Laureate Awards deferred


Meet a Poet – Max Pringle

Feature Poet - we are introducing our wonderful poets (both performers and writers) to newcomers and to the general public by featuring a different ABPA poet on the Website each month. Poets featured will come from the entire membership and may be professionals, semi-professionals or amateurs, but each will be a worthy role model to represent the ABPA membership.

Max Pringle

Max PringleI was born at North Rothbury NSW and spent my early years at Quorrobolong where I attended school progressing on to Cessnock High School where I was a drop out in 2nd year. Through my life I have had many jobs in many places including, Cessnock, Sydney, Newcastle and London, none of which I lasted at for long.

My late wife, Dot, and I had our own shops in Weston NSW for some 17 years after which we returned to farming. First at Wollombi and then at Narrabri where we lived when Dot passed away in 2005. Since then I have recently sold the farm and moved in to town.

At the insistence of my sister, Jan, I entered the Golden Damper competition in Tamworth in around 2008 and since then I have been a finalist a couple of times. I have also had a H.C. and a second at Dunedoo, a first with Jacqui Warnock at Bundaberg and a 3rd at North Pine and I have won 1st place at several Shows and Eisteddfods. In 2014 I gained a 1st at Camooweal and in 2015, I won both the Yarn Spinning and the Bush Poetry sections at that festival and took out the coveted Drovers Camp Talent Award.

I do write, but have only ever had one poem in the finals and that was at Gulgong many years back now but I have co-ordinated the ‘Nandewar’ Written Poetry Competition, which attracts entries from all over Australia, for the past 14 years.

Apart from my poetry I am heavily involved in community work and in 2008 I received an O.A.M. for services to the community.

It is great to see our poets actively involved in their community and Max should be justly proud of winning an O.A.M. – probably a first ever for a bush poet. These days, it is not surprising to come across Max in an outback location exploring our wonderful country and doing his bit to promote bush poetry en route. Thanks for telling us more about yourself Max.

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements – David J Delaney

The ABPA also wishes to acknowledge the achievements of members who specialise in specific areas which help to promote the cause of the ABPA and of Bush Poetry in general.


David J Delaney

I am a former Brisbane boy who used to live and work in Cairns with my very patient, and darling wife, I sometimes wonder where I get the time to write but always seem to manage to pen something, also as well as being a member of the ABPA, I am a member of the Tropical writers group Cairns and the book Creators Circle among other literary sites on the web.

Having had limited education including no formal education in writing, now at 60, I wanted to show that someone like myself without higher schooling could write and enjoy it. For me, school, Rocklea State School, (when I was there) was a place to 'hang out' with my mates and I actually only completed 3 months of high school (Salisbury) before leaving at the age of 15.

After numerous jobs throughout my youth I eventually moved into Furniture Removals where I stayed for approximately 25 years. For 17 of these, my wife and I operated our own removal business, and I was able to travel extensively throughout N.S.W and Queensland.

Since leaving the removal industry several years ago and having some 'thinking' time, my experiences, memories of driving the highways and tracks, the vast and beautiful outback, my wife, daughters, grand children and family, stories from mates, work colleagues and close war veterans have given me the inspiration for my writings.

The release of my 1st book “My small book of poems” in May 2007 was one incredible step for me. The size of my book was purposely done to gauge the reaction of the public. Despite not being proof read and having mistakes the response was both humbling and amazing, with comments from the likes of John Williamson, Mel from Sunrise, Steve Ahmet from Easylistening 846, Pat Morrish of Far North ABC Radio and many others & including sales to the U.S, U.K, Ireland, Japan & more. This has inspired me to keep writing and in March 2008 I released my 2nd and equally popular “Rhymes of Times”.

My 3rd book “Out of Australia” is a 100 poem compilation and has been published in America after communicating with ASA Publishing company in Michigan. Out of Australia is available from selected online bookshops.

My latest book "Another Chapter" I published in India as a thank you for winning (with a bush poem) the prestigious Rabindrananth Tagore award in late 2013 this book is a collection of new poems and short stories.

My first three books are available from Amazon, "Another Chapter" is available from here and all are available via myself, please contact me for details

Thanks for all that David and we hope you continue to enjoy your travelling existence and to enjoy contributing to the bush poetry scene wherever you may wander.

See previously featured achievers.

Bush Poetry Clubs and Organisations

This feature is designed to share what is being done in bush poetry clubs and organisations throughout Australia.  You are invited to submit your club’s profile (through the ABPA Secretary) for inclusion in this section.

Townsville Bush Poetry Mates (TBPM)

TBPMThe TBPM meet every first Tuesday of the month at what we call our general meeting. On the third Tuesday of the month, the Executive Committee meet at the Bellevue Hotel, South Townsville. It is at this meeting that the day to day running of the club takes place. Events or ideas that involve all members are then taken to the general meet. After the executive meeting and dinner at the pub, we have a ‘walk-up’ Bush Poetry session. These nights are very casual and a lot of fun. We now have a regular following and most weeks there is new face on stage.

Over the last couple of years we have introduced ‘homework’ at our general meeting. This has proven to be very successful. Whilst members can still read or recite their favourite bush poetry, we have learned more about writing various types of poems; focussed on differing metre and rhyme; written poems from the point of view of an animal or inanimate object; as well taking on topical subjects. In May, all recalled fondest memories of their Mums and then in September told funny tales of their Dads, all in verse.

We are still in the planning stage for the coming year but we hope to continue our ‘homework’ sessions and suggestions already made are to focus more on different rhyming schemes and metre; write/rewrite poems that can be made into skits for performance and more challenging ideas are sure to come to light over the next few weeks.

Our club also has a collection of members’ poems almost ready for print.

Of course our nights at the pub will continue along with visits to the aged care facilities and schools as well as performing at what have become ‘regular events’, either in walk-ups or whole concerts. Our members have performed across the North at Hughenden, Charters Towers, Bowen, Mareeba and Magnetic Island as well as Townsville. Initiated by one of our members there was an Australian Bush Poetry segment in the Townsville Juvenile Eisteddfod. The club donated the trophies which were quart pots, quite appropriate for our club; the winners were ‘stoked’. Exciting stuff!

This year, to add to what already seems a magnanimous program, we would like to host a more public event either by way of a concert or competition. This event, hopefully, will once again attract the youngsters.

Our club is certainly busy and at times it is hard work but our main aim throughout is to promote Australian Bush Poetry, which is our passion and to do so while having loads of fun. So far we have succeeded as with great enthusiasm we go forward to 2016. Be sure to check out our website.

The TBPM has also hosted three very successful ABPA Queensland State Championships in Ravenswood and in Townsville and gained the reputation from those who attended, of being one of the friendliest groups of people you could encounter. Thank you to Dot Church for this report.