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 - Kirsten Buckholz

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.

Kirsten Buckholz

Kirsten Buckholz

My name is Kirsten Buckholz and I am a current Year 11 student at Bundaberg State High School, Queensland.

When I was in Year 3 at Walkervale State School I joined the school’s Kids Get Published writers’ group. This group met once a week for 45 minutes and with the assistance of the teacher and other group members I developed my writing skills and began entering a variety of written competitions. I was the recipient of the Writers’ Group Award at my school when I completed my primary school studies. I have had three of my works published in conjunction with the Australia-wide Write For Fun competition and have been the winner of the Bundaberg Bush Lantern Award for secondary students.  When time permits I enjoy contemplating aspects of life and voicing these thoughts through written verse.                                   
I also enjoy utilising my writing skills to compete in Public Speaking competitions such as Rostrum Public speaking, The Bundaberg Bush Poetry Muster and Optiminds. For two years I have been part of an Optiminds team heading to Brisbane for the state titles. 

Aside from writing I am an avid supporter of my school being a member of the Senior Representative Council and I am a current Road Safety Ambassador for my school, helping to spread the message about the importance of safe driving practices on our roads. My other passions are music and netball. I love playing the violin and I am currently practising for my 6th grade exam. Weekends are taken up with umpiring and playing netball.  I have been a representative player at the state netball titles for club and for the state school girls’ competition I was selected to participate as an umpire, achieving my C Badge.

I hope to continue my writing endeavours in coming years, however, with my final two years of schooling under way, assignments will have to be my focus for a little while at least.

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements – Rhonda Tallnash

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.

Rhonda Tallnash

Rhonda Tallnash

G’day!  I’m Rhonda Tallnash from Violet Town in Victoria and my interest in everything Australian probably stems from birth being a descendant of the free settlers who came to Australia shortly after Captain Arthur Phillip.  I’ve had the privilege of living in the city in Carlton as a small child, then being raised in Research when it was still a rural community, moving to Kangaroo Ground and St. Andrews to live semi-rurally with my husband David Kitchen and then making the final move to regional Victoria.  We were extremely happy to move further and further away from the ‘big smoke’!

I began to write my all-Aussie rhyming children’s stories in the 1980s when, as a Special Educationalist I realised that children needed a solid basis of oral language to enable them to become literate, that rhythm and rhyme is wonderful for developing this and that we were losing our wonderful Aussie slang and sayings that my grandparents just rattled off every day.  During my 58 years I have performed with choirs (including Channel 9’s Carols by Candlelight) and as a soloist, competed in calisthenics and danced in amateur productions as well as being the choreographer.

In 2010 I walked into the Mildura Country Music Festival ‘walk-ups’ with my book ‘Fair Dinkum Ned’ under my arm and I was put on stage by Neil McArthur who I suspect thought I was nuts!  That was it, I was bitten by the bush poetry ‘bug’ that had been lurking in the background of my being since my Grade 4 Teacher taught me ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’ in 1967.

My first competition was the Golden Damper in 2012 where I managed to become a finalist and from then I have participated in competitions and performed as much as practicable going to Dunedoo, Corryong, Binalong, Benalla, Bundaberg and Toodyay. Performing has also taken me as far afield as Renmark and Cairns.  I am the current Australian and New South Wales Bush Poetry Female Performance Champion and I held the Queensland title during 2014.  I have also been fortunate in winning the Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival and Young Cherry Festival events.

In 2016 I was elected Secretary of the ABPA – in the usual army volunteering style of not stepping back quickly enough!  I have been meeting as many poets and friends as possible around the traps this year.

We are grateful for Rhonda’s enthusiasm and energy in her role of ABPA Secretary. Thank you from the Committee and the ABPA membership.

Rhonda'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.

Milton Ulladulla Poets' Group (NSW)

Milton Ulladulla Poets

In 2006 John Davis organised a few like-minded people to meet and discuss the formation of a completely social group of people who enjoyed poetry and in particular Bush poetry.

John tells us, The original group comprised about six people and today has in excess of 40 names in our membership group.

The group is named Milton Ulladulla Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners Group and meets on the first Sunday of each month at the local Ex Servo’s Club at 2pm where they share information on upcoming events and contribute verse both written by members and located in various books etc for the entertainment of members attending that particular day. Needless to say we get a wonderful range of poetry.

We have people in our group who recite, others just read poetry that they have found. We also have several very good singers who sometimes entertain us with song and sometimes someone will bring a CD with something of particular interest they think the group would enjoy. One of our members is a folklorist and frequently brings a poem which relates perfectly to some real piece of Australia's past.

There are absolutely no fees, constitution, committees or special rules (excepting those of good behavior). Visitors are always welcome and the local Ex Servos allows us use of one of the entertainment rooms in the clubhouse for our meetings free of any charge.

For further information contact Ruth or John Davis on (02) 4455 2013 or 0425 299 829, email