Welcome to the ABPA website


, membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) comprises 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 web-site (and forum) also a bi-monthly magazine of Bush Poetry news, events, results of written and spoken competitions as well as publishing contemporary bush poetry. Many members have books, CDs and other products. These can be advertised in the magazine. For rates, click here

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Vale Carmel Randle - long-time bush poetry stalwart, organiser, performer, mentor and teacher passed away in Toowoomba on Friday 5th July.

Competition Package is now available with guidelines, judging and competition sheets, accredited judges list and application form and approved competitions list here. If found necessary, these documents are open to amendment or changes as required following membership input and committee approval.

Roll of Honour lists Australian Bush Poetry Champions and ABPA Executive members since inception.

Meet a Poet - Marco Gliori

Feature Poet - we will be 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. At the end of that month the poet's details will be transferred to the Poets Register. 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.

Marco GlioriMarco Gliori is one of Australia’s premier performers of Bush Verse.

A full-time entertainer, his original and mostly humorous poetry and anecdotes, depicting contemporary Australia are delivered with a unique and distinct country flavour striking a chord with audiences of all ages, and from all walks of life.

Marco is highly regarded across Australia, having been awarded, in 1995, the Spirit of  Waltzing Matilda Award by ABC National Radio, presented to him by the late great Slim Dusty, and in recent years was selected by The Australian Women’s Weekly as their modern day ‘Banjo Paterson’, a comparison that Marco immediately rejects.

“No-one could emulate what writers like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson achieved, but I’m happy and privileged to continue the tradition”

And continue the tradition, he has.  In his early days Marco toured with the Queensland and Victorian Arts Council’s Artist in Education Program for over a decade, connecting with the youth of Australia, face to face, celebrating this land and her characters, with an upbeat attitude, all the while building a fan-base amongst younger readers.

Those who have seen Marco presenting his after-dinner sports and corporate presentations, know there are many levels to his audience appeal. From the back bar of the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, to the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, his original  poetry, comedy doggerel and yarns find themselves delivered on a diverse range of stages.

I spent the first part of the show watching some of the “hard heads” in the room. They were in stitches. Now I could relax and enjoy a fantastic showman and bush poet. I woke up on Thursday morning with sore sides (from laughing) and sore shoulders derived from pats on the back from people saying how refreshingly funny and entertaining you were. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone running a conference, a sporting function, or simply as an after dinner speaker.  (2011)
Stuart Stanton (Coaching and Development Officer NSWRL Academy)

In the last 12 months Marco has attended literary festivals from the Whitsundays to the Sunshine Coast, hosted the State Land Care Awards Dinner, the State Meat Industry Awards, performed at Oracles of the Bush Tenterfield, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Booyup Brook Country Music Festival and the Biggenden Beef Ball, as well as performing at numerous corporate dinners, while still finding the time to travel to isolated communities to workshop with school children during the day and perhaps have a few coldies while spinning a yarn or three for their parents around the campfire. Say g'day if you see him!


Thank You Festival Co-ordinators - Robyn Sykes

We are very fortunate this year that bush poetry events will have included four State Bush Poetry Performance and Written Championships, held under the auspices of the ABPA. These championships are not run by the ABPA as an organization but by individual members who are willing to dedicate their time and energy to helping to present bush poetry as stand-alone events or through integrating it into other festival activities.  In doing so, they hold Bush Poetry competitions basically in accordance with formats and guidelines that are still proving successful.  These competitions foster camaraderie between poets at all levels of development and provide for those members who enjoy either performing or watching both the more traditional aspects of bush poetry and the modern, more humorous approach that has helped to expand the popularity of our genre.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all festival and competition co-ordinators and their committees for the work they are doing towards preserving, maintaining and expanding our unique cultural heritage through oral and written, bush poetry, yarns and storytelling. 

This month we say  Thank You to ...

Robyn Sykes, Co-ordinator of the 2014 ABPA NSW STATE CHAMPIONSHIP held in Binalong NSW 12-14 September, 2014. Binalong Banjo Paterson Bush Poetry Prize.

Banjo & Robyn Sykes

Binalong is a small village near Banjo Paterson’s childhood home of Ilalong in South West NSW.

It is therefore very appropriate that the NSW Championships should be held in such an historical location.

Robyn tells us that the vision of the Binalong Bush Poetry Prize is for a friendly, inclusive event where as many as possible may share in the poetry and the fun. “We want people to recite, relax and refresh in our village environment. From walk-ups to open performances, school kids to written comps, novices to music, there’s something for poetry lovers of all ages and stages.

To run the ABPA Championships in our village of 250 people takes strong community support. All the local businesses are behind us. Yass Valley Council is a strong supporter. We are delighted to have sponsors in neighbouring towns as well.

The BBPP committee has planned, plotted and persuaded for nearly 18 months to make this an event that will go down in our village annals as a wonderful celebration of our poetic heritage. We are delighted to invite all poets, friends and friends-we-haven’t-yet-met to come and celebrate with us.”

The ABPA is fortunate to have Robyn as an able and willing promoter of Bush Poetry in her district.  

Member Achievements - Noel Stallard

The ABPA also wishes to acknowledge the achievements of members who specialize in specific areas which help to promote the cause of the ABPA and of Bush Poetry in general.


Noel StallardNoel Stallard’s expertise and experience spreads across the whole spectrum of the Bush Poetry scene. As a multi-award-winning performer and writer, Noel is in demand for performances, workshops, and judging at festivals and functions all around Eastern Australia. He has appeared at ABPA National and State Championships and competitions, at The Gympie Muster, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Widgee Muster, The John O’Brien Festival and Norfolk Island’s festival.

In addition to the presentation of his own poetry, Noel has been a great promoter of the work of both classic and contemporary bush poets. In particular, in the
persona of John O’Brien he has brought the poetry of Father Patrick Hartigan to life especially at the annual John O’Brien Festival which is held in March in Narrandera, NSW.

To combine with his many successes with his original material at the annual Australian Bush Laureate Awards in Tamworth, Noel’s CD of Bruce Simpson’s poetry gained the ‘Golden Gumleaf’ for Album of the Year at the ABLA in 2010.

Further to these specific achievements, having taught for 35 years, Noel specializes in working with children. Accredited with both the Queensland Education Department and the Queensland Arts Council, his inter-active workshops bring delight to youngsters in both city and country areas.
Noel’s illustrated children’s books, The Bush Animals’ Band and See What I See in the Sea were finalists in Tamworth’s ABLA Awards with The Bush Animals’ Band taking out the 2009 Golden Gumleaf for ‘Children’s Book of the Year’.

Further, as an act of charity Noel and his ever-supportive wife Ann, run the
Verse for Vinnies concerts in which invited feature poets perform to raise funds for the St.Vincent de Paul Society. Sunday afternoon audiences to these bi-monthly, two hour events are around 160 and to date over $29,000 has been raised to assist those who struggle for sustenance in our community.

From 2006 to 2010 Noel was President of the Australian Bush Poets Association and he is currently President of the North Pine Bush Poets Association. In Tamworth at the 2011 ABLA, Noel was awarded the very prestigious ‘Judith Hosier Heritage Award’ for
“…outstanding achievement in nurturing Australia’s unique heritage of rhymed verse…”

We thank Noel for all that he has done, and all that he continues to do for Australian culture, for the
genre of Bush Poetry and for the ABPA.

Noel’s profile and Performance Tips are available on this website. Click on Techniques.

To learn more about Noel and to obtain his products visit his website noelstallard.com.