On the first weekend in April, the mountains around Corryong are set to ring with a new crop of Banjo Paterson fans, entrants and participants in the Bush Poetry and Music at the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival. From Thursday to Sunday, there’ll be hardly a time when somebody, somewhere in Corryong is not reciting a poem or singing a song….and  we encourage you to try many of the different components of our authentic bush gathering.

Bush Poetry Programme  will include 3 Poet’s Breakfasts, a Thurs afternoon concert as well as our usual ‘Meet & Greet’ evening at the “Bottom Pub”. Friday’s programme remains largely unchanged with the ‘Anzac Remembrance’ concert & the ‘Man from Snowy River’ Recitation competition. Saturday will see a Workshop presented along with the ‘Jack Riley Heritage Award’ competition and a closing ‘Variety’ concert whilst Sunday will feature the ‘One Minute’ poetry competition

 For Jack Riley Heritage Award credibility we follow the Australian Bush Poetry Association rules and categories for Yarns, & Original Serious & Humorous. From 2018 entries,  we’re looking for the best original performed poem, yarn or song about Jack Riley, Corryong or ‘Banjo’s Country’. (Males & females will be judged separately). Prizes will include a season ticket to the National Folk Festival.   In both the ‘Jack Riley Heritage Award’ & the ‘Man from Snowy River’ Recitation competitions there is a limit of one entry per person per section with a $10 entry fee.

For the MFSR Recital comp, three finalists will be reciting Banjo Paterson’s  famous poem on Friday night at Banjo’s Block, the poets’ home base. 

Please note, there will be no Victorian Championships, Adult or Junior Written sections in 2018 or Junior Performance sections. However, our Junior poets are more than welcome to perform at our Poet’s Breakfasts or at any other ‘walk-up’ session that may occur.

If you’re a competitor, it’s an opportunity, and if you’re just wanting to experience it, roll up and  enjoy renditions of some of Australia’s favourite poems, yarns and songs of life, lame ducks and locals.  BYO chair to Banjo’s Block/Youth Hall on Strzlecki Way, the Poetry and Bush Music base camp at the festival.

Around the campfire, get ready for some ridgy-didge camp-fire entertainment at Banjo’s Block, where most poetry and music events are held. Once the instruments are tuned up, there’ll be singing and playing well into the night, and of course the billy will be on the boil. We welcome unplugged campfire musicians all weekend.

At Poetry and Music events at our Bush Festival you can experience friendly country hospitality and spectacular beauty of the high country in autumn.  You might get caught up in the magic of it all and start reciting bush poetry, singing campfire songs, and do a bit of yarn-spinning yourself.

MFSR Recital Round 1 Audio Scoring Sheet

ABPA Competition rules and scoring  www.abpa.org.au/competitions.html      

Man From Snowy River Poem written by A.B. (Banjo) Paterson


View the 2017 Results HERE

CONTACT: MFSR Bush Festival Office

02 60761992

email:  events@bushfestival.com.au

Poetry Event Manager – Jan Lewis

email: info@vbpma.com.au