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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Logan’s Muddy River Bush Poetry weekend

A great weekend of bush poetry competition, socialising and enjoyment was held from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September in Logan, Queensland. Results and report here.
Logan Muddy River Awards
Janine Keating, Paddy O'Brien, Sue Smith, Mike Gilmore, Andrew Pulsford, Ruth Savage, Andrew Ryan and Bob "Pa" Kettle.

Ruth Savage
Winner in the Novice, Ruth Savage.

Paddy O'Brien and Gerry King
Paddy O'Brien and one of the festival organisers, Gerry King.

The EKKA online bush poetry competition was a wonderful success and overall champion John Davis of Kings Point NSW was featured in this great article in Queensland Country Life.
John Davis
Videos of all the winning entries can be seen here.

See previously featured poets.

See previously featured achievers.

Enter a Written Competition

With restrictions in place affecting festivals and events, the best way to participate in the world of bush poetry is to keep writing. The best way to improve your writing is to keep doing it and to edit, edit, edit. To see how your writing is going, the best way is to enter a competition.

They're listed in red on the Events & Results page.

Blast From The Past

Mel & Susie came across this photo and wondered if anyone know when and where it was taken and who all the people are.
The faces they could identify from left to right include:
Campbell the Swaggie, blonde lady, man in hat, Milton Taylor, Graham Fredricksen. Then the group. Back row: man with hat, Arcadia Flynn, man with grey beard, man with beard, man with beard and glasses, man in red jacket. Second row: woman in red top, woman with baby, blonde woman in hat, then Arch Bishop in blue singlet with his arms around Wally Finch.
Can you identify when, where and who? Email the webmaster, contact details here.

Blast from the past