Bush poetry is Australian, has rhyme, rhythm & metre.

It’s written about Australia and Australians through an Australian’s eyes.

A fair-dinkum way of keeping our heritage alive.


Banjo’s Block/Youth Hall on Strzlecki Way is the Poetry and Bush Music base camp at the festival. There’ll be Bush Poets, singers, musicians and entertainers in the street, on the stage and around the campfire (including Geoffrey Graham) Geoffrey becomes ‘The Banjo’ and this year we celebrate 150 years since his birth.

‘Henry Lawson’ aka James Howard will join ‘Banjo’at 5pm Thursday evening joined by ‘Two ShortSheilas’ Melanie Hall and Susie Carcary.

Let history, poetry and music surround you at ‘Banjo’s Block’ for four days of ridgey didge poetry recitals, a billy on the boil and a taste of real Aussie BushCulture.

Bush Poets’ Breakfasts are held in the mornings, hosted by Graeme Johnson and Matt Hollis where novices and professionals are welcome to ‘Perform with a Legend’. Theme concerts and walk-up spots provide great fun or bring an instrument and join in informal jams around the campfire all weekend.

Starting on Thursday, enjoy the children’s performances in the afternoon followed by Banjo and Henry meet Two Short Sheilas at 5pm. Meet, Greet ‘n’ Eat at 6.30pm at the Bottom Pub, where performers will present a walk-up Australiana Concert.

Friday morning will introduce our camp catering maestros – Albion Park Camp Cooking Club, so bring your chair, sit back, be fed and entertained at the Poets’ Breakfast! No activity on Banjo’s Block after Poets’ Breakfast because you need to catch the Re-enactment, Anzac concert at RSL Hall, & the Street Parade, but return at 5.30pm to enjoy campfire tucker and entertainment. Geoffrey Graham will MC three finalists to recite ‘The Man from Snowy River’ for the Recital Competition. Then we’ll move into the hall to enjoy watching entrants in the Yarnspinning Competition finishing with a campfire session. Competition list of entrants will be at the door and up on the wall.

Saturday (after Poets’ Breakfast) hosts three spirited sessions of competition inside plus in

formal activities and encouraging chats outside. After another campfire meal, Saturday is topped off for your enjoyment with the Aussie Comedy Comp, followed by a Concert. The concert will feature our guests Vendulka, Geoffrey Graham, Susie and Mel,

‘Henry Lawson’ Carol Reffold, Graeme Johnson and friends.

On Sunday (after Poets’ Breakfast) there’s the Original Serious Poem Section, and One-Minute Poem, where people buy a topic and write a poem that they read/recite in one minute flat and Winning Junior Performers. The Poetry and Bush Music Award Ceremony will finish at Banjo’s Block around 2.30pm, allowing time for you to catch the

Challenge final in the afternoon. Sunday dinner and finale will be held at Banjo’s Block so if you’re still around, come and kick back for a last session for poets & musos. Food will still be available.

 Don’t miss the…POETS’ BREAKFAST from 8am Friday, Saturday & Sunday


Come and see new and seasoned poets from all around Australia at The Youth Club Hall & Banjo’s Block


-BYO chair for fair dinkum entertainment

-Campfire dinners and Singabout sessions

-Yarns, food and cuppas brought to you by Albion Park Camp Cooking Club

-Put your name down to perform or read/recite your poetry or yarn at the Poets Breakfast

THURSDAY 3rd April

12:00pm Junior Bush Poets Comp & Concert

5:00pm Banjo & Henry meet Two Short Sheilas

6:30pm Meet, Eat & Greet for POETS & MUSOS –

Bottom Pub, Corryong

8pm Open Mike – Bottom Pub, Corryong.

FRIDAY 4th April

1:15pm Anzac Concert (note – will finish in timefor the Street Parade.)

5:30pm ‘Henry Lawson’

6pm MFSR Poem Recital Final and YARNSPINNING

SATURDAY 5th April

10am Classical Poetry

2pm Modern Poetry (please note – Novice/Intermediate fitted in when time allows)

7pm Victorian Bush Poetry Championship -Original Humorous Competition followed by the Variety Concert

SUNDAY 6th April

10am Victorian Bush Poetry Championships, Original Serious poem, one minute poem and Matilda awards.


Please note – The Australian Bush Poetry Association rules are applicable for the Victorian Bush Poetry Championships.

Chief Judge – Graeme Johnson

Our thanks to our sponsors

Murray Goulburn, Tom Groggin Station,

Towong Hill Station, Auspit,

Corryong Sporting Complex, Walkers Sawmill,

Camp Oven Cooking Club, Linton Vogel,

Ryan Lewis,

*Matilda awards sponsored by Honor Auchinleck