Regular Events State
There are a host of regular events across the country. If you are travelling, call in and make yourself known. You will be among friends.
Forms and Electronic Subscriptions
Australian Championships at Man From Snowy River Festival in Corryong,
2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival
Gregory North, Geoffrey W Graham, Ray Essery & Pat Drummond at St Edward's Hall concert.
Golden Damper Awards
Finalists - Established: Jason Roweth, Rhonda Tallnash, John Peel, Barry Ellem, Cay Ellem, Jacqui Warnock, Claire Reynolds.
Lyn Tarring and Gabby Colquhoun
Finalists - Original: Tom McIlveen, Kathy Edwards, Rhonda Tallnash, Paddy O'Brien, Dave Elson, Claire Reynolds, Cay Ellem, Gary Lowe, Lyn Tarring (front).
2014 WA State Championships
East meets West
ABPA President Hal Pritchard
and WABPYS President Bill Gordon
WA State Champion Christine Boult
at the Bundy Bush Poetry Muster
State Performance Champions
Rhonda Tallnash and Ralph Scrivens
Award winners at Bundy
2014 Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
Some of the poets gathered at the Man From Snowy River statue in Corryong, Victoria.
Unfortunately it was raining and only a small group were there when the photographer was available.
Back L to R: Ken Tough, Bob Markwell,
Tim Sheed, John Peel, Noel Bull.
Front: Jenny Markwell, Geoffrey Graham (Banjo Paterson), James Howard (Henry Lawson), Kaylin Handley, Rhonda Tallnash, Jan Lewis (Poetry event Manager), Tony Lambides-Turner.
2014 Logan Village Music and Heritage Festival
Jim Tonkin, Wally Finch and Gerry King
2014 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Some of the young poets
Zondrae King - Reciter of the Year
Australian Bush Poetry Events Calendar Go to Results
For entry forms or further information, click on the link below the respective event.
For any updates or corrections, contact the webmaster.
WRITTEN EVENTS are in RED
- North Pine Bush Poets Camp Oven Festival in North Pine
Qld. Entry Forms and/or Info Secretary Mary Finch, Phone 07 5495 5110 or
21-23 August - Drover's Camp Festival in Camooweal, Qld. Includes Drovers' Camp Talent Award and Bronze Spur written award (see 20 July Closing date).
INFO TALENT AWARD ENTRY FORM PDF
14 August - Closing Date Kembla Flame and Kembla Star Written Bush Poetry Competition presented at Folk By The Sea Festival 4-6 September 2015, Kiama NSW.
ENTRY FORM PDF
9 August - North Pine Bush Poets at Wheller on the Park, 930 Gympie Road, Chermside. 2pm. Info Secretary Mary Finch, Phone 07 5495 5110 or
24 July - Closing Date Ipswich Poetry Feast Poetry Writing Competition, Ipswich, Qld. $1,000 Prize Money plus Babies of Walloon Statuette for Overall Competition Winner (across all open age categories).
20 July - Closing Date Bronze Spur Award for original written bush verse. Winners announced at Drover's Camp festival 21-23 August in Camooweal, Qld.
INFO ENTRY FORM
12 July - North Pine Bush Poets at Samford Farmers' Hall, 30 Main Street, Samford Qld. 1pm. Info Secretary Mary Finch, Phone 07 5495 5110 or
3-5 July - Bundy Bush Poetry Muster & ABPA Queensland Championships at Across the Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg Qld.
INFO PROGRAM & ENTRY FORM PART1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4
14 June - North Pine Bush Poets at Dayboro Community Hall,
Bradley Street, Dayboro Qld. 1pm. Info
Secretary Mary Finch, Phone 07 5495 5110 or
6-7 June - Festival of the Fleeces Poets’ Brekky (with Carol Heuchan) on Sunday 7 June 9-11am CWA Hall, Main Street. Money Prizes for best performances, Merriwa NSW.
5-8 June - Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher Valley NSW.
2 June - Closing Date Broken Ski Award written competition. Open and Junior categories. Awarded at Perisher Peak Festival, see above. Email entries
22 May - Closing Date Bush Lantern Award & ABPA Queensland Championships written competition for bush verse. Awarded at the Bundy Bush Poets Muster 3-5 July in Bundaberg Qld.
ENTRY FORM PART 1 PART 2 JUNIOR ENTRY FORM PART 1 PART 2
For the results of an event, click on the link below. A new
window will pop up with the respective results. On conclusion, close
the pop-up results window to return to this one.
Results are displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top)
of 2015 EVENTS
8 May - Copper Croc Poetry Awards, Theodore Queensland.
9-12 April - Australian Bush Poetry Championships at The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong Victoria.
5 April - Rathdowney Heritage and Country Market bush poetry competition, Rathdowney Queensland.
26-29 March - Oracles of the Bush in Tenterfield NSW.
13-15 March - John O'Brien Festival at Narrandera NSW.
8 March - Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival, Dunedoo NSW.
21 February - Milton Show Society Bush Poetry Adult Performance Competition, Milton NSW.
17 February - Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition 2015, Orange NSW.
15 February - Boyup Brook written bush poetry competition, Boyup Brook WA.
RESULTS & REPORT
24 January - Golden Damper performace bush poetry award, Tamworth NSW.
RESULTS & REPORT
23 January - Blackened Billy written competition, Tamworth NSW.
RESULTS & REPORT
21 January - ABPA fund-raising concert, Tamworth NSW.
20 January - Australian Bush Laureate Awards 2015, Tamworth NSW.
of 2014 EVENTS
December - Finalists announced for Australian Bush Laureate Awards 2015, presented on Tuesday 20th January 2015 at Town Hall Tamworth NSW.
6 December - Young Cherry Festival Bush Poetry Competition and poets breakfast, Young NSW.
December - Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards, Dubbo NSW.
26 October - WA State Championships, Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival, Toodyay WA.
REPORT & RESULTS
25 October - Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Poets Breakfast Competition in Dorrigo NSW.
24 October - Ipswich Poetry Feast - Poetry Writing Competition, Ipswich Queensland.
19 October - Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Written Poetry Competition, Kangaroo Valley NSW.
18 October - Toolangi CJ Dennis written Poetry Competition, Toolangi Victoria.
12 October - Aussie Bush Entertainment Muster, Benalla Victoria.
REPORT & RESULTS
5 October - Nandewar Poetry Competition, Narrabri NSW.
28 September - Gilgandra Coo-ee Festival written poetry competition, Gilgandra NSW.
14 September - Logan Village Music and Heritage Festival. Performance bush poetry competition, Logan Queensland.
12-14 September - Binalong Bush Poetry Prize and NSW Championship, Binalong NSW.
23-24 August - Camooweal Drovers' Camp Festival and Bronze Spur Award for written poetry, Camooweal Queensland.
22-24 August - North Pine Bush Poetry Festival and Graham Fredriksen Memorial Written Bush Poetry Competition, Kallangur Queensland.
15 August - FAW North Shore Vibrant Verse Poetry Competition 2014, Sydney NSW.
5 August - Mudgee Valley Writers 13th Biennial Competition, Mudgee NSW.
2 August - Eastwood/Hills NSW Fellowship of Australian Writers Boree Log Award for Bush Poetry 2014
20 July - 'Kembla Flame' written bush poetry award on the Illawarra coast of NSW.
4-6 July - 19th Bundy Bush Poetry Muster incorporating Queensland State Performance Championships
June - Bronze Swagman Award for Bush Poetry in Winton Outback Queensland.
6-9 June - Gulgong Henry LawsonSociety of NSW Literary Awards in Gulgong NSW.
6-9 June - Broken Ski and Snowy Poetry Cup Awards at the Perisher Peak Festival, NSW.
26 April - Copper Croc Poetry Awards, Theodore QLD.
RESULTS & Judges's Report
3-6 April - Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong Victoria.
6 April - Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield NSW.
March - Free Xpression Magazine Literary Competition
March - Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival, Eaglehawk Victoria.
March - Eyre Writers Awards, Port Lincoln SA.
16 March - Yass Show Poetry Performance and Written Competition, Yass NSW.
RESULTS and Judge's Report
13-16 March - John O'Brien Festival, Narrandera NSW.
27 February - 2 March - Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival, Dunedoo NSW.
REPORT and RESULTS
February 2014 - Boyup Brook Country Music Festival written competition, Boyup Brook WA.
RESULTS and Judge's Report
January 2014 - Essential Energy Golden Damper performance competition and Blackened Billy written poetry award, Tamworth NSW.
January 2014 - Australian Bush Laureate Awards, Tamworth NSW.
RESULTS of 2013 EVENTS
November 2013 - Toodyay WA Bush Poetry Festival
RESULTS (Link to their web page)
October 2013 - The International Cowboy Written Results
RESULTS, Report and Winning Poem
October 2013 - Cervantes WA written competition
April 2013 - The Inaugural ‘Copper Croc Poetry Awards’
2013 Copper Croc Report and Results
April 2013 - Tumut Festival of The Falling Leaf
2013 Tumut Falling Leaf Report
April 2013 - Victorian Bush Poetry Championships at Man from Snowy River Festival
2013 MFSR Report and Results
March 2013 - Yass Show Poetry Comp
2013 Yass Show Report
March 2013 - Adelong Show “Best of the Bush” Bush Poetry Competition
2013 Adelong Report
January 2013 - Tamworth Blackened Billy Verse Competition &
2013 ABPA TAMWORTH GOLDEN DAMPER AWARDS proudly sponsored by Essential Energy
RESULTS of 2012 EVENTS
October 2012 - Cervantes Art Festival, WA.
October 2012 - Hunter Bush Poets Poetry Festival, Mandalong NSW.
October 2012 - Nandewar Poetry Competition, Narrabri NSW.
August 2012 - Camooweal Drovers Camp Festival, Camooweal Qld.
July 2012 - ABC Radio Far North Queensland Bush Poetry Competition.
July 2012 - Kembla Flame, Dapto NSW.
July 2012 - Bundaberg Bush Poets Muster, Bundaberg Qld.
May 2012 - Beef Australia, Rockhampton Qld.
April 2012 - Australian Bush Poetry Championships Man From Snowy River Festival, Corryong Victoria
ADULT RESULTS ... JUNIOR RESULTS
March 2012 - Dunedoo Written Bush Poetry Results 2012
March 2012 - 17th Annual Junior Waltzing Matilda Bush Poetry Awards, Winton Qld.
February 2012 - Boyup Brook Written Poetry Results 2012
January 2012 - Tamworth Blackened Billy Verse Competition &
2012 ESSENTIAL ENERGY TAMWORTH GOLDEN DAMPER AWARDS
RESULTS of 2011 EVENTS
October 2011 - Australian Written Championships - Morriset
August 2011 - Camooweal Drover's Camp Festival Report
August 2011 - NORTH PINE BUSH POETS’ CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL Results
July 2011 2011 Bundy Bush Poets Bash (Including the Bush Lantern Award for Verse) Results
June 2011 2011 Henry Lawson Society of NSW Inc (Gulgong) Results
May 2011 2011 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
March 2011 DUNEDOO—NSW State Championships
January 2011 Tamworth Country Energy Golden Damper Awards 2011
Report by Jan Morris
January 2011 THE BLACKENED BILLY WRITTEN VERSE COMPETITION
RESULTS of 2010 EVENTS
December 2010 YOUNG NSW NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL - Poet's Competition
Report by Greg Broderick
November 2010 LAND of the BEARDIES – NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE in Verse Competition
Report by Neville Campbell
November 2010 DALGETY SNOWY RIVER - Snowy Ride Celebration
Report from Lee Taylor Friend
November 2010 MALDON FOLK FESTIVAL Vic.
Report by Geoffrey W Graham
October 2010 RUDD'S PUB Bush Poetry Competition – NOBBY Qld.
October 2010 THE TOOLANGI CJ DENNIS POETRY FESTIVAL
Report from Stephen Whiteside
October 2010 HUNTER BUSH POETRY FESTIVAL – Morisset NSW
October 2010 URALLA BOWLO PERFORMANCE BUSH POETRY COMPETITION
Report Kelly Walters Uralla Bowlo Events Coordinator
October 2010 VICTORIAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – Wedderburn Vic.
Report by Jan Lewis
MONTROSE COLORADO USA
October 2010 NANDEWAR POETRY COMPETITION