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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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Meet a Poet - Will Moody

Will MoodyBorn and raised in Sydney; a working life in Trade.
A life-long love of language survived from Second Grade.
But life has other matters to fill the nights and days
when grafting for a living with a family to raise.
So language lay neglected and my pen ignored the page
'til enforced recuperation gave me time to re-engage
with Paterson and Lawson, C J Dennis and the rest
of all those old-time poets with whom our literature is blessed.
And they inspired a willingness to have a go myself.
(I read that writing poetry is good for mental helf!)
They say old dogs can't learn new tricks, and I was not a pup –
it wasn't 'til aged sixty two I took the cudgels up!
With great delight (and some surprise), I shortly after found
that there were others of my ilk ... and some were still around!
They staged performance festivals, and furthermore I learned
that there were written sections too, where prizes could be earned.
Since then I've met with some success, but I'm not one to brag.
I may have garnered some awards ... deep down, I'm still a dag.
The best rewards that I have gained through taking up my pen
are all the good times I've enjoyed and friends I've met since then.
I don't claim to be a "poet", I just write a humble rhyme –
but maybe, if I keep the faith, I'll make the grade – in time.
©2017 Will Moody.

See previously featured poets.

Member Achievements - Tim Borthwick

Tim BorthwickNew ABPA member, Tim Borthwick from Toowoomba Queensland, has long held an appreciation for bush poetry and story telling, but he was nearly 30 before he began putting pen to paper and dabbling in the art himself. He was always intrigued by the way some of the greats, such as Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson could tell a tale not only in rhyme but in rhythm as well, and it is to them that he owes his love of verse. He enjoys writing, as much for the pleasure and satisfaction than anything else, and he finds it a great way to convey a yarn. He has been writing now for about 18 years, and has self-published five times.

Although Tim rarely competes in competitions, he entered and won the Winton Bronze Swagman Award in 2014 and was runner up in 2017.  His association with Winton has also included helping to run the inaugural Outback Writers’ Festival in 2016, which fortuitously led to an invitation to prepare a manuscript of his poems with background information and this concept was taken up by Harper Collins.  The outcome was the publication of his book Waltzing Australia which was released in 2017 together with an audio presentation of the poems by Jack Thompson.

Tim couldn’t be happier with the response this book has received.  He realises how fortunate he was to be given the opportunity to produce Waltzing Australia. He is still writing, and he hopes there’s another book waiting in the wings!

Waltzing Australia is widely available through ABC Online, all good bookstores, as an eBook, or on Bolinda audio.  Due to conflicting interests Tim is unable to sell from his website, but can privately. He can be contacted on 0447 904 691 or his website & would love to hear from you.

See previously featured achievers.

Festival Action

The Man From Snowy River Festival in Corryong Victoria. See results here.

Man From Snowy River Festival


Man From Snowy River Festival

Performers and volunteers


Oracles of the Bush Festival in Tenterfield NSW. See results here.

Oracles of the Bush Festival

Oracles of the Bush Festival
Poets' Brawl