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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2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival Bush Poetry Events
Robyn Sykes has kindly put together a list of events for the upcoming Tamworth festival. See it here.
The ABPA is running the Inaugural Frank Daniel Bush Verse Award at St Edward's Hall during the festival. Information here.

Changes to Competition Package
The annual review of the ABPA Competition Package resulted in some changes to the ABPA Guidelines, Procedures, Assessment sheets and Entry Forms for both Performance and Written competitions. Following post review feedback some further minor adjustments have been made to the Performance Bush Poetry and Yarn Spinning Assessment sheets.
So that all concerned with the organisation of, judging of or participation in competitions, are in tune with the 2016 upgrades, everyone is urged to re-familiarise themselves with all the relevant documents and helpful information in the current ABPA Competition Package on the Competitions page. Should you have any queries please contact the ABPA Secretary or 
or Brenda Joy, the Review Sub-Committee Secretary. Contacts here.

No Bundy Bush Poetry Muster in 2017
See Bundabereg Poets' Society explanation here.


New WA State Champions


John Hayes, Christine Boult, Roger Cracknell

Overall WA State Performance Champions: First Christine Boult (centre), second Roger Cracknell (right) and third John Hayes (left).


Tom McIlveen Rhonda TallnashJune Eastwood, Chris Taylor, Steve Roberts

Overall WA State Written Champion and Open Serious winner Tom McIlveen, Open Humorous winner Rhonda Tallnash, Local Poet winner June Eastwood, Novice winner Chris Taylor, Novice Commended Steve Roberts.

WA Championships

Poets in Action

Dot LangleyPeg VickersGreg Joass

Dot Langley, Peg Vickers, Greg Joass.

Peter BlythChristine BoultDave Smith

Peter Blyth, Christine Boult, Dave Smith.

Rob ChristmasBrian LangleyTerry Piggott & Tony Hill

Rob Christmas, Brian Langley, timekeepers Terry Piggot and Tony Hill.

See full results here.

A big thank you to WA Bush Poets and Yarns Spinners Association for running such a wonderful event.

Don't forget, they will be hosting the ABPA National Championships in 2017!

See previously featured poets.

Blast from the past

Blast from the past

Thanks to ABPA foundation member John Major for sending in this photo taken on the South Australian and Queensland border south of Birdsville. Pictured are Marco Gliori, Murray Hartin, Noel Cutler, Bob Miller, John Major and Bill Hay.

See previously featured achievers.