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Roll of Honour
Australian Bush Poetry Champions
and ABPA executive members
See and hear some of our
modern Bush Poets
Poets often tell yarns too.
Read some great Aussie yarns
ABPA Strategic Plan
2016 Review of Competition Package
and Strategic Plan
2016 ABPA Committee
- ABPA Committee
President - Tom McIlveen
Vice President - Hal Pritchard
Secretary - Rhonda Tallnash
Treasurer - Shelley Hansen
- Committee Members
- ABPA State Delegates
Qld - Cay Ellem
NSW - Rob Christmas
Vic - Jan Lewis
Tas - Philip Rush
SA - Bob Magor
NT - Lance Lawrence
WA - Irene Conner
- Magazine Editor - Neil McArthur
Promotions Officer - Brenda Joy
Webmaster - Gregory North
President's Report Aug-SepIt has certainly been a busy few months for the ABPA executive and committee members. The year is absolutely flying by...it seems like only yesterday that we were in Tamworth planning the year ahead, and now here we are, once again moving into the second phase of the poets’ calendar... with Corryong, Dunedoo, Gulgong, Grenfell and Bundaberg behind us, and Binalong and Tamworth rapidly approaching.
In case you haven't heard already, the ABPA now has a new Facebook page that is to be used as a support to the main website as both an informative network about poetry and poets between members and a promotional outlet to reach out to the wider public. As such, it is hoped that it will be a valuable part of the ABPA's communication network to encourage membership and to attract sponsors to enable us to work together to achieve the goals of our organisation – to maintain and expand the love and appreciation of our genre. The Facebook page is not meant to be a replacement for the wide scope of informative and interesting facets offered by the main website and the ABPA magazine. There are many within the membership who do not wish to participate through the social media and their needs must be considered. Therefore it is hoped that the Facebook page may be used to expand these two primary communication outlets.
Your contributions to and interest in our new page will be welcome and appreciated and we hope that you, as key members of the organisation, will spread the word in your state or region and through your friends and associates.
Whilst each of you may post direct through the Visitors section, contributions that would best go out under the banner of the ABPA may be sent via email to Promotions Officer, Brenda Joy, President, Tom McIlveen, or Treasurer, Shelley Hansen [email addresses here].
It is very pleasing to see the ABPA is currently comprised of 378 single memberships and 37 dual memberships – making a total of 452 people. The recent addition of a number of new members makes this the highest total that we have had for several years. Every member is highly valued by ABPA and we welcome your efforts in keeping the craft of bush poetry alive. If we can help in any way, or if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your State Rep or any member of the ABPA Executive.
As many members would no doubt be aware, there have been changes made to the website forum since the last edition of this magazine, due mainly to the possibility of legal liability. Firstly, I must stress that the risk of ABPA legal liability is not one to be dismissed. Just because nothing has occurred in the past, doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future – unfortunately for all of us – times have changed with regard to legal matters. Our Forum, like all other Association forums, is for the benefit of the ABPA Membership, people who have all their details officially registered with the Association and who have paid membership fees which also enable costs such as the running of the Forum, to be covered. Our Webhost does not provide it for free.
Every effort was made over a number of weeks to contact each registered forum user who was not an ABPA member, and the changed situation was explained to them. Because of the unique circumstances, they were offered the remaining six months of this year free if they undertook to join ABPA. Some did join, and thanked us for this generous offer. Those who elected not to join are still able to read the Forum – but do not have access to post. Almost all of these are not regular contributors.
Several members have reported problems with accessing the forum. Like all websites, this could be a temporary issue with a user’s browser or an intermittent glitch on the Webhost’s server. The Webhost is, and has always been iPower, which like many of its kind, is located in USA. Apparently it was initially chosen and subsequently used due to the relatively low cost and there have been no changes to this arrangement since the forum’s inception, however this will need to be addressed early in 2017. As stated on the Public Noticeboard back in May, due to the age of the system it is relatively obsolete and the version the Forum now has will not be supported by the company phpBB who owns it after early next year.The Executive, through the Forum Administrator, is currently considering viable Australian options.
Please – let’s put this temporary disruption behind us and get back to what we do best – bush poetry!
I urge all of you to support the hardworking Executive and wider Committee, all of whom are committed to the preservation of the ABPA and its endeavours. Necessary decisions are not always easy – but I can assure you they are never taken hastily or lightly – and are always made with the welfare of ABPA members in mind. It is worth noting that, particularly due to the hard work of the Executive and wider Committee, forty new members have joined the ABPA this year.
It has been brought to our attention that prospective members and existing members, (who are not on line with access to website) wishing to renew membership, have had difficulty locating membership application procedures in the magazine. We are endeavouring to have an application form included in every edition to overcome this problem. I would like to thank fellow executive committee members Hal Pritchard, Rhonda Tallnash and Shelley Hansen for their tireless contribution and endless support over the past few months. They unselfishly give many hours of their own time towards the administration of maintaining stability within the ABPA and direction for its future.
Thank you also, to extended committee members and state delegates for your contribution, Brenda Joy as our enterprising Promotions Officer, and Janine Keating for sponsorship support. I would also like to thank Graeme Johnson, on behalf of all members, for his massive contribution in coordinating the Tamworth Golden Damper competition. As Jan Lewis, Robyn Sykes and Sandy and John Lees would know...a mammoth amount of work goes into organising these events, behind the scenes.
In Poetry, Tom McIlveen.
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.
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- 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
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.
Maurie is a longstanding member of the ABPA, having joined in
He has written and published many, many original poems as well as a number of prose pieces. His personal repertoire of poems committed to memory is in excess of 50.
He is well known among Australia's leading reciters, having been a contestant in poetry competitions since 1999. He has often successfully competed in Victorian state competitions and claimed runner-up in Corryong's 'The Man From Snowy River Festival' (recital of 'The Man From Snowy River') in 2010, 2011, and 2012. His major competitive achievement to date is best overall poet at The Bundy Muster, Queensland in 2012 from a field of 25 competitors.
In April 2010, he recorded Banjo Paterson's 'The Man From Snowy River', authentically recited and now permanently installed alongside Corryong's life-size bronze statue of ‘THE MAN’.
In 2005 Maurie self-published his first and only book to date titled 'A Small Part of the
Whole'. He has had numerous poems published in print as well as being broadcast on national and local radio. In 1966 he produced his first cassette recording called 'My Two Bobs Worth", now available on CD. In 2013 he compiled and recorded his second CD, 'Welcome to the Upper Murray, God's Country', predominantly original pieces.
He is the current president of The Snowy Mountains Bush poetry Club Inc.
Maurie, a carpenter by trade, has since September 2010, personally developed three of his seven-acre scenic rural property into a purpose-built rustic, eco-camping retreat called 'The Resting Place - Poets Paradise', complete with its own natural amphitheatre specifically structured for aspiring performers.
Maurie delights in sharing his offerings and we are pleased to feature him.
See previously featured poets.
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.
written and been interested in Bush Poetry for many years, I began
performing at the Bundaberg Bush Poets Muster in 1996. I have
been fortunate over the years since then to win numerous awards for my
performance bush poetry and yarn spinning in competitions all around
the eastern states.
Since 1996 I have won awards for my written bush poetry, which have been included in the eight books of bush verse and yarns I have published along with three albums. I have been a finalist on four occasions at the Golden Gumleaf Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth three times with my books and once with my wife Chris for our combined CD, 'Chris and The Grey, I was Co-ordinator for the Bundy Mob's Bush Poet's Muster, two years Joint Co-ordinator of the Oasis Bush Poetry Competition at Tamworth as well as the Easter in the Country weekend at Roma. I also co-ordinated the bush poetry at the Katherine Country Music Festival and the Far North Bush Poetry Festival. I’ve acted as compere at many events and see it as an important role in keeping any function running smoothly.
Since 1999 Chris, and on occasions my dad, joined me in our own show of Bush Poetry and Yarns, which we called 'Laughter & Tears from the Bush'. We have toured Western Queensland from Miles through to Camooweal, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Easter In the Country at Roma, the 1770 Festival as well as Festivals, Expos, Farmfest, the Barcaldine Heritage Centre and numerous other venues throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
We’ve performed at The Tamworth Country Music Festival in front of Grace Bros. (now Target) for many years. We were resident bush poets at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park at Charleville during the 2000/3 winter months and had the opportunity to meet so many folk and to introduce quite a few of them to bush verse.
In November 2004 I released my debut Bush Ballad EP/CD, 'The Bushman & The Balladeer', a tribute to R M Williams and Slim Dusty. In 2005 and 2006 I entered The Lyrics Only section of the Katherine Country Music Muster's Northern Territory Song Writing Competition and won both years. Then in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 I thought I'd enter the TSA Awards at Tamworth and was nominated a finalist in the Lyrics Only Section of their National Song Writing Contest. I won the section in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Chris and I still enjoy performing our Bush Poetry, Ballads and Yarns Show today.”
Thanks Merv, especially for the way in which you have integrated and promoted Bush Poetry into the Bush Ballad scene both as a performer and hardworking compere.
See previously featured achievers.
Bush Poetry Clubs and Organisations
feature is designed to share what is being done in bush poetry clubs
and organisations throughout Australia. You are invited to
your club’s profile (through the ABPA Promotions Officer) for
inclusion in this
Snowy Mountains Bush Poets (Victoria)
Although membership of the Snowy Mountains Bush Poets’ club is small, the dedicated poets of North East Victoria and Southern NSW, still enjoy themselves regardless. The club was formed by the late Neil Hulm from Tumut around fifteen years ago. Maurie Foun, (back left in photograph) well known reciter, has been the president for the past couple of years.
The group holds regular, ‘all welcome’ monthly folk music and bush poetry sessions in the amphitheatre of the The Resting Place – Poets Paradise on the seven acre scenic rural property of Maurie Foun.
Contact details – Maurie Foun,