Forms and Electronic Subscriptions
On This Site
of Modern Bush Poets
Many Poets have products and services available
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 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 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.
Check out our Facebook page.
- 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.
Gemma Kirk (the granddaughter of Ruth and John Davis) is
attends the St Mary McKillop College in Canberra, ACT where she is an
A-class student in Italian language. On weekends she works in
Italian Pizza Parlour and recently she went on a tour of Italy which
she found “absolutely wonderful”. When
she finishes her secondary
school education at the end of this year, she has secured a job in
Italy for her gap year. Naturally, she is very excited at this prospect.
Gemma’s foray into written bush poetry competition has seen her gain a second in the Bundaberg ‘Bush Lantern’ and a Highly Commended in the Winton ‘Little Swaggies’ Awards.
Well done Gemma! What a go-getter!
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.
was born in Broken
Hill and has spent most of his working life either on the land or
working at other rural pursuits although he did spend about eight years
as a part owner of supermarkets and two years working in security and a
further two years working in an abattoir.
He has either owned or part owned several grazing properties ranging in size from 800 acres up to 112,000 acres and has worked on properties from Australian Capital Territory, Central, Northern and far Western New South Wales and has also spent short periods of time on cattle stations in Queensland Gulf country and the Northern Territory Barkley tablelands. He has also done stints at shearing and horse breaking.
Although he has been fond of and interested in Australian Bush poetry for most of his life he didn't become involved in either writing or performing poetry until after 2005. Understandably, much of John’s writing has been inspired by and reflects his life in the Bush. He has published a book of his poems and also produced a CD.
It is special when someone not only performs and writes themselves, but also encourages others, especially young people, to do so. For the past ten years, John and his wife Ruth have organised and run an annual competition for primary school children and to this end they have a solid group of sponsors (including the local Federal member) who supply about $800 and several trophies for prizes for these children. Over the past five years the competition for children has been picked up by the local show Society and John and Ruth have further organised this particular competition at the local agricultural show – so that equates to running two performance competitions and one written competition for school children each year. Then, as well as their work for children, for the past two years they have run and organised a very successful open (adult) competition, at the show.
In addition, for the past eleven years John and Ruth have convened and run a social Bush poetry group in the Milton Ulladulla area.
That’s certainly a great deal of organizing John and Ruth! Thank you to you both.
John's email address is
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
Beaudesert Bush Bards
The Beaudesert Bush Bards took their friends and their poetry to the bush – poetry’s true home – as a change from the usual meeting place inside a hall and to celebrate Henry Lawson’s birthday on 17th June.
Twenty-one poets and friends attended and the venue with Mt.Alford in the background, water fowl on the dam and horses grazing nearby, proved to be an ideal setting for bush poetry. The June weather was perfect.
The idea for the event was made by our member, Ian Gasking, who went to great lengths, even building an outback loo, to ensure our comfort. Everyone attending enjoyed the day and have voted to return to the bush again before too long.
The Beaudesert Bush Bards set a subject for each meeting but being a “pressure free zone” there is no compulsion to stick to the subject.
We meet on the third Friday of the month - 9.30am to 12 noon at the Beaudesert Community Arts & Information Centre, the corner of Mt. Lindesay Highway and Enterprise Drive - just north of the town (most of us get there just after 9am for a cuppa before we start). We also perform poetry at the Beaudesert Markets on the 1st Saturday of each month at the same venue.
Contact (07) 5541 2662 or 3272 4535.
Pamela Fox, President, Beaudesert Bush Bards.