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 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 - Maurie Foun

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.

Maurie Foun

Maurie Foun

Maurie is a longstanding member of the ABPA, having joined in 1996.

He has written and published many, many original poems as well as a number of prose pieces. His personal repertoire of poems committed to memory is in excess of 50.

He is well known among Australia's leading reciters, having been a contestant in poetry competitions since 1999. He has often successfully competed in Victorian state competitions and claimed runner-up in Corryong's 'The Man From Snowy River Festival' (recital of 'The Man From Snowy River') in 2010, 2011, and 2012. His major competitive achievement to date is best overall poet at The Bundy Muster, Queensland in 2012 from a field of 25 competitors.

In April 2010, he recorded Banjo Paterson's 'The Man From Snowy River', authentically recited and now permanently installed alongside Corryong's life-size bronze statue of ‘THE MAN’.

In 2005 Maurie self-published his first and only book to date titled 'A Small Part of the
Whole'. He has had numerous poems published in print as well as being broadcast on national and local radio. In 1966 he produced his first cassette recording called 'My Two Bobs Worth", now available on CD. In 2013 he compiled and recorded his second CD, 'Welcome to the Upper Murray, God's Country', predominantly original pieces.

He is the current president of The Snowy Mountains Bush poetry Club Inc.

Maurie, a carpenter by trade, has since September 2010, personally developed three of his seven-acre scenic rural property into a purpose-built rustic, eco-camping retreat called 'The Resting Place - Poets Paradise', complete with its own natural amphitheatre specifically structured for aspiring performers.

Maurie's email:  

Maurie delights in sharing his offerings and we are pleased to feature him.

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements – Merv Webster

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.

Merv Webster

Merv Webster

“Having written and been interested in Bush Poetry for many years, I began performing at the Bundaberg Bush Poets Muster in 1996.  I have been fortunate over the years since then to win numerous awards for my performance bush poetry and yarn spinning in competitions all around the eastern states. 

Since 1996 I have won awards for my written bush poetry, which have been included in the eight books of bush verse and yarns I have published along with three albums. I have been a finalist on four occasions at the Golden Gumleaf Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth three times with my books and once with my wife Chris for our combined CD, 'Chris and The Grey, I was Co-ordinator for the Bundy Mob's Bush Poet's Muster, two years Joint Co-ordinator of the Oasis Bush Poetry Competition at Tamworth as well as the Easter in the Country weekend at Roma.  I also co-ordinated the bush poetry at the Katherine Country Music Festival and the Far North Bush Poetry Festival.  I’ve acted as compere at many events and see it as an important role in keeping any function running smoothly.

Since 1999 Chris, and on occasions my dad, joined me in our own show of Bush Poetry and Yarns, which we called 'Laughter & Tears from the Bush'. We have toured Western Queensland from Miles through to Camooweal, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Easter In the Country at Roma, the 1770 Festival as well as Festivals, Expos, Farmfest, the Barcaldine Heritage Centre and numerous other venues throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

We’ve performed at The Tamworth Country Music Festival in front of Grace Bros. (now Target) for many years. We were resident bush poets at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park at Charleville during the 2000/3 winter months and had the opportunity to meet so many folk and to introduce quite a few of them to bush verse.

In November 2004 I released my debut Bush Ballad EP/CD, 'The Bushman & The Balladeer', a tribute to R M Williams and Slim Dusty. In 2005 and 2006 I entered The Lyrics Only section of the Katherine Country Music Muster's Northern Territory Song Writing Competition and won both years. Then in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 I thought I'd enter the TSA Awards at Tamworth and was nominated a finalist in the Lyrics Only Section of their National Song Writing Contest.   I won the section in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Chris and I still enjoy performing our Bush Poetry, Ballads and Yarns Show today.”

Thanks Merv, especially for the way in which you have integrated and promoted Bush Poetry into the Bush Ballad scene both as a performer and hardworking compere.

Merv's website.

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 Promotions Officer) for inclusion in this section.

Snowy Mountains Bush Poets (Victoria)

Snowy Mountains Bush Poets

Although membership of the Snowy Mountains Bush Poets’ club is small, the dedicated poets of North East Victoria and Southern NSW, still enjoy themselves regardless. The club was formed by the late Neil Hulm from Tumut around fifteen years ago.  Maurie Foun, (back left in photograph) well known reciter, has been the president for the past couple of years.

The group holds regular, ‘all welcome’ monthly folk music and bush poetry sessions in the amphitheatre of the The Resting Place – Poets Paradise on the seven acre scenic rural property of Maurie Foun.

Contact details – Maurie Foun,