Welcome to the ABPA website


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.

ABPA Facebook page Check out our Facebook page.

Limited Issue Chook Raffle drawn and won by ticket 1278 - Jenny and Danny from Brisbane. Congratulations! See more here.

Meet a Poet - Lee Taylor-Friend

Lee Taylor-FriendLee Taylor-Friend is a Mother, poet, writer, support worker and remedial massage therapist living in the picturesque Snowy Mountains region of Australia with her husband, two sons and a menagerie of animals.

She also creates and presents writing and poetry workshops where she shares her love of the written word and passion for ‘writing as therapy’.

In 2006 Lee rose to national attention when she penned the heartfelt poem ‘Don’t sell our Snowy Hydro!’ She became a prominent face and voice in the successful campaign to stop the sale of this national icon.

Lee has been widely published and won several awards including the inaugural 2009 Snowy Mountains of Music ‘Broken Ski Award’.  She was one of five finalists for ‘Australian Bush Poem of the year’ at the 2009 Australian Bush Laureate Awards.    

She has a popular monthly column in the Snowy River Echo and volunteers her time for a variety of community events, local committees and causes.

Lee’s first book was released in 2007. ‘Tommy’s Girl’ is dedicated to her late Father Thomas ‘Tommy’ Friend and shares some inspirational stories of our Men and Women of the Australian ‘High Country’ as well as her reflections and observations of the iconic ‘Snowy Mountains’ written as ‘rhyming’ or ‘Bush’ poetry – a great Australian tradition.

In 2009 Lee’s writing went on hold for a few years as she supported her family through some major life challenges. Her personal experiences took her writing in a new direction. 

Lee’s second book of poetry, “Moving On…Healing through Verse…” was released during Carers Week 2015.  It is an honest, thought provoking and moving collection of poetry that is deeply personal, written as both rhyming and free verse.

In 2016 Lee made a passionate commitment to write a poem a day for an entire year!! 

This culminated in the release of ‘Daily Awakenings…A poem a day…’ book one and two.

Book two was launched by Deputy Premier of NSW Mr John Barilaro on 26th May, 2017, and is the culmination of an amazing personal journey. 

All of Lee’s books are now available as both print on demand and e-books through Amazon Books and Kindle


See previously featured poets.

Achievers - Bush Poets in Award-Winning Australian Writing book

AWAW 2017 bookFive ABPA poets have poems in the upcoming 10th anniversary edition of the very prestigious Award Winning Australian Writing (AWAW) book, published by Melbourne Books. It is available online here.

Despite featuring mainly free verse poetry and short stories, the new edition will feature bush poetry from:

David CampbellDavid Campbell:

A Man Alone which won the C J Dennis Poetry Award at the Laura Literary Awards, Laura, South Australia;

Brenda JoyBrenda Joy

Solace which won the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival Bush Poetry Competition;

Tom McIlveenTom McIlveen:

Bobby is Back which won the ABPA West Australian State Championships Serious Section;

Jacqui & Max MerckenschlagerMax Merckenslager: (that's him on the right)

An Outback State of Mind which won the ABPA Betty Olle Awards.

Will MoodyWill Moody:

which won Poetica Christi Press Poetry Competition;

Not only is this great exposure for bush poetry and its award-winning writers but also for festivals holding bush poetry competitions around the country. For example, Laura Literary Awards run by the Rocky River 'Riters only recently included a Bush Poetry section in their awards and last year the winning poem was the only rhyme and metered poem in the 2016 Award Winning Australian Writing. So that is a double for Laura straight off!

Congratulations to these talented poets and thanks to Melbourne Books.

David Campbell has recently had an article published in The Australian newspaper accusing Contemporary Australian Poetry editors of neglecting rhymed verse. See the article here.

See previously featured achievers.

Poets entertaining travellers around the traps this winter

Mel and Susie on TourMel & Susie on Tour - Lightning Ridge NSW.
Daily shows at 4:30 pm for guests at Opal Caravan Park.
Stay tuned for regular shows at their own theatre - A Hidden Gem - due to start once construction is completed (it's the outback, so things happen in their own good time!)

Poetry on a PlateAndrew Hull, Poetry on a Plate - Bourke NSW.
6.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights at Kidmans Camp, North Bourke.
The season runs from April through until October.

Bob Pacey
Bob Pacey - Yeppoon Qld.
Coolwaters Holiday Village
Usually Thursday nights, with a meal and some country music on alternating weeks. 
From mid-June through to the end of August.

Brenda JoyBrenda Joy and Hal Pritchard - Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours north of Charters Towers Qld. Depending on demand and conditions. May through September.

Brenda Joy also at Dalrymple Cabin and Van Park, Charters Towers Qld.
'Around the Campfire' 5-6 pm Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. June/July.

August - Discovery Holiday Park, Cloncurry Qld.
'Happy Hour' 4.30 to 5.30 Tuesday 1st - Sunday 6th
Post Office Caravan Park, Barkly Highway, Camooweal 07 4748 2124
'Happy Hour' 5.00 - 6.15  Tuesday 22nd - Thursday 24th
(Lead up to the Drovers' Camp Festival 25th - 27th August)

Gregory NorthGregory North - Winton Qld
Nightly at 7 pm at Matilda Country Tourist Park, 43 Chirnside Street Winton Qld.
3-course dinner available at 6pm for $24 each.
Also 'The Life and Rhymes of Banjo Paterson' show each afternoon (after the chook races) at the North Gregory Hotel. Yes, Gregory North at the North Gregory Hotel!
Now until the Winton Outback Festival (19-23 September).