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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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Vale Carol Reffold

Carol Reffold Victorian "poette" Carol Reffold succumbed to lung cancer in Kyneton Hospital on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Known as the Patchwork Poet, Carol was renowned for her poem Gran's Quilt.

A stalwart of the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, Carol travelled much of country performing poetry, judging competitions, conducting workshops and generally promoting bush poetry and its performance.

Our thoughts are with Carol's family.

A Tribute to Carol

A unique spoken-word artist and multi-award winning performer, Carol was one of Australia’s most highly regarded poets and story tellers. She also hosted workshops on writing and reciting bush poetry, and wrote poems on request.

Carol wrote, performed and combined her original verse, anecdotes and comedy routines which took you on mind journeys not easily forgotten; both outrageously funny and deeply moving. Carol also dipped into the works of the great Australian poets.

She inspired poets and audiences across Australia at some of the major spoken word festivals and recently in Great Britain.
Carol recently started a new career as enrichment speaker on cruise ships and prepared a number of audio visual presentations to enhance her reciting.

At Corryong Man from Snowy River Bush Festivals, and Benalla Musters, Carol has been a favourite poetry performer, judge and right hand woman to me for the last 15 years or so. Her special talents in stagecraft, design, media, judging and MC skills were invaluable.

Please post tributes either on Carol's Facebook page or on Victorian Bush Poets and Friends.

A celebration of Carol's life was held at Wooling Hill Garden Estate in New Gisborne on Friday the 7th June.

Postal address is:
Jack Reffold
219 Markham Road
Riddells Creek Vic 3431

Blessings to all from Jan Lewis

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Festival Action

Beaudesert Bush Bards 4th Annual Picnic

On Friday, 14th June the Beauy Bush Bards took their friends and poetry to the bush, the original home of bush verse.

The picnic was held  in perfect weather, beside picturesque Canungra Creek, just outside the little town of Canungra.  The bush bards were delighted with the roll-up which included poets who travelled quite a distance to attend including Wally and Mary Finch, Don Macqueen, Anita Reed, Dennis Scanlon and Denleigh Stenzel.

Beauy Bush Bards

Suzanne Honour entertained with a  re-enactment of “The Man From Ironbark” while Mary Finch delighted with her beautiful singing voice.   Many new and old poems were performed and Geraldine King took the opportunity to promote the Queensland Titles (6/7 Sept).  Glenny Palmer was welcomed back into the district after a long absence.

Beauy Bush Bards dunny

One special feature of the picnic was the improvised, collapsible,  ingenious toilet conceived and built by the B.B.B’s own Ian Gasking.   Ian was the organizer of the day and was ably assisted by Barry Kenny, Ian Moss and Spin Hampson.     The BBBs  thank everyone who made this a great day of fellowship and fun.

Pamela Fox