On the first weekend in April, the mountains around Corryong are set to ring with a new crop of Banjo Paterson fans and entrants in the Victorian Bush Poetry Championships and Bush 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 as many of the different components of our authentic bush gathering.

For Championships credibility we must follow the ABPA’s rules and categories for Yarns, Classical, Modern & Original Serious & Humorous  and we have also retained our MFSR Recital comp, with three finalists reciting Banjo Paterson’s  famous poem on Friday night at Banjo’s Block, the poets’ home base.

With $5000 in prize money & trophies, there’s of lot of competition to be taken care of!  If you’re a competitor, that’s an opportunity for Novices and Intermediates, 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 as it is the Poetry and Bush Music base camp at the festival.

Once the campfire dinner is eaten, 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 ScoringSheet HERE – 

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

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


MFSR Festival 2016 Poetry “Lawsonian” article – Download  HERE

MFSR Festival 2016 Poetry Results- Download HERE

MFSR Festival 2016 Poetry Program – Download HERE

MFSR Festival 2016 Poetry Competitor lists – Download HERE

CONTACT: MFSR Bush Festival Office

02 60761992

email:  events@bushfestival.com.au

Poetry Event Manager – Jan Lewis

email: info@vbpma.com.au