Poetry and Bush Music

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.

BYO chair to Banjo’s Block/Youth Hall on Strzlecki Way is the Poetry and Bush Music base camp at the festival. There will be Bush Poets, singers, musicians and entertainers in the street, on the stage and around the campfire. Let history, poetry and music surround you at ‘Banjo’s Block’ for four days of ridgy-didge poetry recitals, a billy on the boil and a taste of real Aussie Bush Culture. The best, fair-dinkum, true-blue weekend of Australiana entertainment in Victoria! Don’t miss out!

Come from the city, Wallaby track, or maybe up near Scone,

Come bush bashin’ with your cobbers, or on your Pat Malone.

Horses, Bush poets, ballads and yarns true blue,

Get crackin’ ! – love our bush festival until you say ‘Hooroo’.


2015 Australian Bush Poetry Championships

2014-04-03-8ABPA’s rules are to be followed for Yarns, Classical, Modern & Original Serious & Humorous and we have retained our MFSR Recital comp, with three finalists reciting the famous poem on Friday night at Banjo’s Block, poets’ home base.

With $5000 in prize money & trophies, so if you’re a competitor that’s opportunity for Novices and Intermediates, and if you’re a visitor, listen up and laugh at renditions of some of Australia’s favourite poems, yarns and songs of life, lame ducks and locals.

Geoffrey Graham  has wowed audiences all around Australia with his characters and one of his best is Banjo Paterson. Relive our bush traditions with Geoffrey (pictured).

The poetry judging team includes Brenda Joy whose wins of written and performance poetry are a joy.

Robyn Sykes current Female Australian Champion Bush Poet.

Graeme Johnson, a wonderfully eargrabbing Bush Poet and “stretcher of truth” extraordinaire.

John and Carmel Lloyd are the real deal, the essence of the outback – quality poets and yarn spinners.

Carol Reffold crowd favourite always a delight.

Chloe and Jason Roweth will add some classy songs and contribute to the Anzac Spirit theme. They have been researching and reinventing Australian bush music for over twenty years.

Information on 2016 Applications coming soon!

For more information contact Poetry Event Manager

Jan Lewis –    e |  info@vbpma.com.au     p |  (02) 6077 4332

2015 RESULTS (Click to view) 

2014 RESULTS (Click link to view)



2015 Bush Poetry Schedule

Thursday 9th April

12:30pm Concert including Junior performers

5:00pm Lies & legends of the bush (Entertainment Marquee, Res Reserve)

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

8pm Open Mic – Bottom Pub, Corryong.


Friday 10th April

1:15pm Red Poppies Concert (note – will finish in time for the Street Parade.)

5:30pm ‘Bush Songs are for Singing’ with Chloe and Jason Roweth

6pm MFSR Poem Recital Final and YARNSPINNING


Saturday 11th April

10am Aust Bush Poetry Championships – Classical Poetry

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

7pm Aust Bush Poetry Championship – Original Humorous Competition followed by Variety Concert


SUNDAY 12th April

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

2pm   Junior Poets followed by AWARDS.


 Get your tickets for the 2015 MFSR Bush Festival at the link below!

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Want to Volunteer?? Get a reduced cost ticket by helping us make it the best festival yet!Poetry competition is a labour intensive game! We really appreciate the work of our judges and guests and willing volunteers.

Apply to be a festival volunteer HERE



Murray Goulburn, Tom Groggin Station, Corryong Sporting Complex, Towong Hill Station, Linton Vogel, Ryan Lewis, *Matilda awards sponsored by Honor Auchinleck