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Roll of Honour
Australian Bush Poetry Champions
and ABPA executive members
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modern Bush Poets
Poets often tell yarns too.
Read some great Aussie yarns
ABPA 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 Jun-Jul
Greetings to all fellow ABPA members. The new committee has
been busy and is continuing to gel together very nicely. There is a
great rapport between committee members and we are forging ahead in
leaps and bounds under the guidance and direction of our wonderful,
enthusiastic Madam Secretary Rhonda Tallnash.
I would also like to thank vice president Hal Pritchard for his support, and our tireless treasurer Shelley Hansen who has taken to her new role, like a duck to water. Thank you also to fellow committee members Cay Ellem, Jan Lewis, Irene Conner, Rob Christmas, Carol Reffold, Robyn Sykes and Johnny Peel for your support and contribution to our online skype committee meetings.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Janine Keating from Gladstone, for the wonderful work she is doing in seeking out potential sponsors for the ABPA. If anybody is able to help out or knows of potential sponsors could you please reply to me at , so that I can forward your name and contact details onto Janine.
With the Committee’s approval, two new ABPA ancillary roles have been taken on for 2016.
1. ‘ABPA FUND RAISING OFFICER’
In accordance with AGM recommendations, Janine Keating will be utilising her broad experience in this area to locate and approach possible sponsors for the ABPA. We certainly hope that she is successful in her endeavours.
2. ‘ABPA PROMOTIONS OFFICER’
Brenda Joy has undertaken to continue to promote the ABPA and Bush Poetry in general through new avenues and outlets around Australia. This will be in addition to the link up work that Brenda already does which includes archiving, collecting up the features re poets, achievers and clubs and the award winning poems for the ABPA website and sourcing the children’s writings for the ABPA Magazine.
Although it is hoped that the above roles will result in increased awareness of the ABPA and increased opportunities for bush poets, neither of the above roles will be intruding into the fund raising or promotions done by organisers for their individual events or into the way in which the professional poets seek out their own employment outlets.
In a sense we can all be involved in helping the ABPA if we circulate information relative to what our organisation has to offer through all avenues, wherever we go and in whatever we do.
We have recently purchased a new batch of ABPA membership badges and will be selling them for $8.00 each and I would like to urge members to buy one whilst stocks last.
Vice President Hal Pritchard has mentioned that the ABPA is the hub and the various regional clubs are the spokes in the wheel, so we all need to encourage members of regional clubs to join the ABPA. Secretary Rhonda Tallnash was proactive at the National Folk Festival in Canberra recently, in approaching prospective members and explaining the merits of our wonderful organisation. We all need to be doing this, if the organisation is to continue to grow. Shelley Hansen and Cay Ellem have offered to do the same at the upcoming Bundaberg Bush Poetry Muster 2016. Speaking of which, if you haven’t been to a Bundy Muster, then you need to put it on your bucket list! July the 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It is well and truly one of the great highlights on the annual Bush Poets’ calendar.
The committee has
the problem of Supplementary Judges for Remote Competitions - It is
difficult to find judges for remote area competitions and the cost is
often prohibitive for a smaller committees. It has been
suggested that a Supplementary List of available judges be compiled and
placed on the ABPA Website. However there must be a provision
that the competition has made every effort to find ABPA judges and
Supplementary Judges are not able to judge at Championship
Level. Also for remote areas, the ABPA will allow only two
judges, but never just one. Potential Supplementary List
judges must submit their application for consideration to the ABPA.
The following RESOLUTION was put to the vote and passed:
That the ABPA compile a list of Supplementary Judges who are available for remote area competitions. The provision includes that…
Every effort has been made to ‘employ’ the ABPA Accredited Judge(s) before using a Supplementary Judge, Supplementary Judges are not to be ‘employed’ for State and National Championship Level Competitions, Potential judges submit an application to the ABPA, and
when necessary, two judges may be used in remote area competitions, but never just one judge.
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 web-site (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 dealine 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.
Brothers of Bundaberg
It is a pleasure to be able to feature our young writers. Both these talented brothers have been published in the national literary magazine ‘Free XpresSion’. Watch out for their poems in the upcoming ABPA magazines.
Alex Buckholz (age 14)
began writing when I joined my school’s Kids Get Published
group when I was in Year 3. Since then I have entered a variety of
local and nation-wide short story and poetry competitions. I have had
some of my works published in a book and have been the recipient of
various recommendations and have won a number of prizes, particularly
for my poems. I enjoy writing and look forward to entering the
Bundaberg Bush Lantern Poetry competition each year.”
Reece Buckholz (age 12)
“I am currently in Year 6. I joined my school’s writer’s group when I was in Year 2. Over the last 4 years I have entered a variety of local and nation-wide short story and poetry competitions. I have had one of my poems published in a book and won a local short story competition when I was in Year 5. I enjoy writing poems about things I have experienced.”
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.
“I first became
interested in Bush Poetry in the late 40’s and early
50’s when in
Primary School. I memorized quite a few of Banjo’s and
The school teacher used to get me up to say a poem to the higher
grades, and I really enjoyed it. After School I used to perform a
poem for a wedding, a birthday and other functions. I met Tex Morton
in Rockhampton when I was a teenager, and he gave me some of his
work, which I still recite.
“My first trip to Tamworth Music Festival was in 1989, and I was walking past the Imperial Hotel and I could hear someone saying Bush Poetry, so I went inside and there were 3 poets and about 20 people listening. John Phillipson came over to me and asked if I knew a poem and I said yes. He then asked me if I would recite one, so I got up and I said Tex Morton’s “The Transport Man”. I became really good friends with John and my wife Joy became really good friends with John’s wife, they were both Patchworkers.
“Although there were only about 20 people there in 1989, three years later there were 300 people there, it was just amazing how the Bush Poetry took off, and lots of people started writing modern Australian Bush Poetry. In 1994 we had a meeting at the Imperial hotel and formed “The Australian Bush Poets Association” I was at the first meeting along with 21 others. The poetry performances grew so much, and so many people came to listen to us we had to shift out to the Longyard.
“One of the first big events was The Waltzing Matilda Festival in 1995 in Winton, 100 years since Banjo Patterson wrote the poem out there. It was a great festival and still remembered by lots of people. After this event I started travelling all over Australia doing Bush Poetry Shows, however I still love going back to Winton.
“Bush Poetry has done a lot for me and taken me all over Australia. It has been a part of my life for many years.”
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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
Bundaberg Poets' Society Inc.
Report from Sandy Lees
Back in 1994 some members of the Bundaberg Writer’s Club, who were interested in poetry decided to form a club to cater for such needs and became known as the “Bundy Mob”. Along the way they became incorporated, which meant a name change, hence the Bundaberg Poets’ Society Inc. came into being and was so called to encourage different genres of poetry, e.g. rhyming bush verse and free verse.
Some members are prolific writers of verse and perform their own work while others get more enjoyment from just listening to poetry being recited, reading or performing other poet’s work. Several members over the years have had their work published in books or produced on CD’s.
The club is very active in the community and members are asked to entertain at various functions throughout the year including Christmas break-ups, Retirement Villages, fetes, birthday parties, festivals, etc. and not always in Bundaberg.
Some club members travel throughout Australia to competition festivals and bring home trophies. Over the years the club has been very proud of members’ achievements at these festivals and can claim Queensland and Australian champions in the Open categories as well as the Junior categories.
The friendship gained from the club is most satisfying, putting members in touch with people (poets) throughout Australia and sometimes from overseas. From time to time we have people who like to follow poetry festivals call in on our club meeting afternoons as they are travelling around Australia just to get their little ‘fix’ of poetry.
Not being content with a meeting once a month the club decided to hold a ‘Muster’ with the first one being held in 1995. These week-end Musters are a big part of the club’s activities and have been held in July each year since 1995. The Bundy Bush Poetry Muster, as the week-end is called these days, has gone from strength to strength and now has the reputation as being ‘one festival not to miss on the Poet’s calendar in Australia’. Poets have come from every state in Australia to compete at these Musters with the exception of the Northern Territory so hopefully one day this will change.
Over the years the club has hosted the Australian Bush Poetry Association’s (ABPA) Queensland Championships twice and the Australian Bush Poetry National Championship.
More Information: For more information on the Bundaberg Poets’ Society or the Bundy Muster week-end please contact Edna on 0428 574 651, Sandy on (07) 4151 4631 or Jayson on (07) 4155 0778.