Last Modified - October 2014 Added Peter (Stinger) Nettleton
This page contains
brief profiles of member poets and yarn spinners who are available for public or private performances,
it includes their contact details and perhaps a link to their own
website, you-tube of facebook page
Profiles are listed Alphabetically
The WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners Assn. as an
organisation, does not supply poets for private performances
We do however become involved in cultural
and district festivals and similar
Members listed on this page or recommended by our organisation are all performers of high standard and integrity, their poetry is generally suitable for all, however, please be aware that some Bush Poetry, including that of an earlier time, does contain some mild swearing, reference to bodily functions and political incorrectness. If such language may cause offence, please tell the poet so that unsuitable poems are not performed.
Frauds and Foul Mouths - While there are several Bush
poets of high standard who, for various reasons are not members or
associates of our organisation or others of similar aims, unfortunately, there are also
individuals calling themselves Bush Poets who do not have
either the standard of performance or ethics that our
organisation considers suitable. If in doubt, please contact a
committee person who will endeavour to determine the suitability of
|The Poet||submitted information|
||Balladeer and Songwriter, Terry is among
Australia's leading County Musicians and singers. He, along with
his now deceased wife Jenny have been finalists in almost every Country
Music Award in Australia, including the prestigious "Golden Guitar"
Terry is a regular performer at most of our nations top Country Music
In 2014, Terry, along with Bush Poet Keith Lethbridge took out the "Best Songwriter of the Year" Award at the WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook with the Song "Fitzroy River"
|Having retired from a life
as a farmer, Peter now lives on a small property just outside of
Albany. He is well known in the Great Southern Region for his involvement
in promoting Bush Poetry in the region. Peter is the organiser of the
highly successful Poets Breakfast which runs in association
with the Albany Show. Much of his poetry is drawn from his farming experiences, often composed while driving his tractor.
Peter has been a finalist at Tamworth and in 2005 was joint second place getter in the 2005 WA State Championships. in the most recent State Championships, in 2011 Peter consolidated his status by winning the overall WA Bush Championship award.
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9844 6606
Born in Hampshire,
England, 1982, she came to Australia for a holiday, met the love of
her life and remained, living the farming life down Esperance
Further information, and contact details may be found on her website www.victoriabrownpoet.com.au
In 2016, Roger had expanded his repetoire and experience and was Runner-Up State Champion (Combination of 4 Categories; Traditional, Modern, and two of your own, serious and humorous)
in Geraldton, (but often at other places), you can contact Roger on
0427 625 181 or by email at
Brian lives in Margaret River.
"What I do today is very important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it"
BILL GORDON is a farmer and Performing poet from Boyup Brook. - He's submitted a bit more than a paragraph, so we've given him his own page click HERE to find out about Bill
As well as taking on the role as President of the WA Bush Poets, Bill is the organiser / coordinator of the several Bush Poetry events which take place in conjunction with the Annual (February) WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook, including the biggest Bush Poetry event on the WA Calendar, the Sunday morning Bush Poets Brekky where over 2000 people get up early to come along and see the best Bush Poets in WA, along with some very high class performers from eastern parts. Bill has come a long way in recent years, and is now not only performing traditional verse but is writing his own. He was runner up Champion Bush Poet in the 2011 WA Championships.
I am mainly a reciter but put some of my poetry to music. I am still building on my repertoire learning new poems all the time. I have performed with prominent poets at Boyup Brook, Tamworth and other festivals. Australian champions have encouraged me but so far I haven’t pulled a rabbit out of a hat.
My performance is mainly modern work doing Marco Gliori, Murray Hartin, Mick Collis,Keith Lethbridge,Melanie Hall,David Burman,Bob Magor and various others.
In 2011 and 2017 I won the “poets brawl” in Boyup Brook. I have also performed [as a guest] with Pixie Jenkins. Pixie recorded me doing ‘'”Rindercella” and sometimes plays it on his Sunday morning radio show in Queensland.
I live in the Peel Region at North Yunderup. Can be contacted email@example.com or mobile 0417099676. No distance too far.
|John could well be called a
balladeer. He recites his own poetry about the incidences and
people of his time as well as many of the traditional verses of Banjo
Patterson, Henry Lawson and their contemporaries. John has
recorded with the ABC for the "Country Hour" as well as for
some special events. he travels extensively throughout
Australia, reciting at festivals, pubs and around campfires and
barbeques. He published his first book (with cassette tape)
"Till the Soil" in 1984. Ten years later, his book
"Fireside Reflections" was produced with 100 poems
celebrating 100 years of Australian History. All of John's poems
are as a result of extensive research.
phone 9377 1238. John's Homepage (under construction) firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank is a third and fourth generation descendant of two pioneering families who took up land in the East Wickepin area when it was first opened up for selection in 1909. In 1962 he had the opportunity to purchase one of these properties and together with his wife Mary they farmed this land for the next forty years. Rhyming words has been a lifelong passion, but work always seemed to get in the way until they retired to Narrogin in 2003. Their son Tim carries on the family farming tradition as well as being a Bush Poet. and Frank continues to have an interest in all things political and rural.
It would seem that Aussie Bush Poetry runs in the Heffernan genes for not only is Frank and Mary's son Tim a poet, but Tim's son Alexander has shown remarkable talents as an emerging performer.
Frank's booklet "Rhymes for our Times" was a finalist in the 2013 Bush Laureate Award "Bush Poetry, Book of the Year" at Tamworth 2013.
you can contact him by e-mail email@example.com
|Barry is a story teller and performer of
other people's poetry. He has an excellent repertoire of the works of WA
poet Syd Hopkinson and "Blue the Shearer" (Colin
Wilson). His performances are mainly chosen from these topical
and very popular humorous works. Barry can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 9329 9709
to himself as "The City Poet", Brian was born in country WA in 1940 but
has lived much of his life in Perth. He writes and performs his
own work which covers a broad range of subjects. He has travelled
widely in Australia and his poems are drawn partly from his travels.
You will find very few billabongs or dying horses in Brian's poetry,
but you will get contemporary living, aging, along the ocean, camping,
a touch of nostalgia combined with humour and perhaps a thought
provoking poem about the struggles of our pioneers. At the 2005 and again at the 2014
WA Bush Poetry Championships, Brian achieved overall second
place. He has also won several awards both for
written and performed verse. He was runner up in the Tamworth
2013 Golden Damper Awards, considered by many to be the most
prestigious Bush Poetry Performance award in Australia. In 2014,
he again went to Tamworth and this time was successful in winning the
Original Section of the Golden Damper Award. . Brian has
self published 3 booklets and a full sized "complete works" of
his poetry as well as 2 CDs, His poetry style and presentation gives
him many "return gigs" at a number of Senior Centres and groups around
Perth. Brian was the first WA Bush Poet to have gained
recognition as an approved Judge (both performance and written ) with
the Australian Bush Poets Assn.
email@example.com or phone 9361 3770 Brian's homepage
|Arthur is a "Baby
Boomer" of World War 1 which means that he has been around for
considerable time. Apart from reciting at the WA Bush Poets
monthly Musters, he also frequently performs at the Peninsular Folk
Club. He has published numerous poems and articles for various
anthologies and has recently published his first book of poems
presenting poetry from his boyhood to senior citizenship. Some
are sentimental, some concern day to day living and when combined
become a cross section of his Life and Time. He has also recently
published his very interesting life story .He also recites some of
the classics for which he has received commendation. Arthur
works with High School students as a mentor alongside many other
community activities which feed his poetry.
phone 08 64673351
you know anyone on the matrimonial Track? How about having a Bush
Keith (Cobber) Lethbridge, WA State Champion Bush Poet many times over the last fifteen years, is not only an outstanding poet and raconteur but also a JP and authorised Marriage celebrant, So if wedding bells are in the offing, why not add a touch of the bush and make it Wedding Poems and Yarns as well. Having lived and worked most of his life in the Kimberleys, much of Cobbers poetry draws on people and situations from that frontier of Australian rural life. Keith has published 6 books of his poetry. His most recent achievement is to win the very prestigious "Bronze Swagman 2009" award for written Verse. Not only does he excel at both writing and performing Bush Poetry, but can play the guitar, harmonica, piano accordion, the "bones" as well as almost any gum leaf that is put in front of him
In 2014, Keith Lethbridge, along with Balladeer (and WABP Member) Terry Bennetts took out the "Best Songwriter of the Year" Award at the WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook with the Song "Fitzroy River"
Phone 9399 2589 or mobile 04 3733 6296
1971 at the age of nineteen I went to work on Moola Bulla station
Halls Creek where I stayed until 1985, (except for an overseas stint
and twelve months horse-breaking in New South Wales.)
At Moola Bulla I was head-stockman of the Mount Amhurst camp
(an out-station) then head-stockman of the Moola Bulla camp for nearly
In 1985 my wife Debbie, daughter Dani, son Ryan and I moved to
Parron Place Badgingarra where I took over the management.
Parron was a fattening property for Moola Bulla steers, I stayed there
until it was sold in late 1997.
My wife and I purchased a 50 acre property near Jurien Bay so I
had somewhere to run my, what was becoming extensive horse plant.
I now travel North most years for the mustering season where I
work in the west Pilbara as a contract musterer.
My poetry reflects many of my bush experiences, some serious
and some funny.
In 2007 I was asked to perform at Boyup Brook and have now been invited back
I was also asked to perform at the Northampton Drought Busters
Heritage Week in April where I performed not only my poetry but poems
by P.J.Quilty, his father, Tom Quilty and poems by my favourite poet
Will Ogilvie and others. Phone 9652
Corin can be heard on the ABC in the wee hours of the morning - Tuesdays I think, but I'm never up early enough to listen - Ed
NEW NEW NEW
Peter (Stinger) Nettleton is a bush balladeer from way back. He started out playing in bush bands in the 70s and 80s but had to change his style when parenthood came along in the 90s. Around that time, Stinger joined a group of bush poets who became the founder members of WABPYA and has been performing bush poetry ever since. In recent times, he has returned to his musical roots, but always strives to include the spoken word in between songs and tunes. Stinger is planning on publishing a mixed collection of his original and favourite bush ballads in the near future. He welcomes contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0407770053.
|Eileen has always lived in south-west WA, the last forty years at Margaret River. From age eight, she studied speech and drama. She writes poetry and short stories, mostly humorous, and finds inspiration from everyday happenings. She is involved in amateur theatre, public speaking, and plays keyboards. She holds poetry sessions regularly for local senior citizens. Eileen is working towards having a CD and book released very soon You can contact Eileen on email@example.com|
Well I was born at a very young age, and lived with my Mum n Dad, I am smack in the middle of five sisters and three brothers (one brother, three sisters older and two sisters and two brothers younger) so I have a love for large families, On a family trip caravanning round Australia we met a fellow called Rusty Christensen in Halls Creek who rekindled my love of bush poetry, a love that was fostered at my Mothers knee side from a very young age, her reciting from memory Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, John O’Brien and C J Dennis to name a few. One great love I have along with bush Poetry is yarn spinning, (as my kids will attest to,) and I am very proud and honoured to be the WABP&Yarn Spinners current (2011) state champion Yarn Spinner.
Some of my favourite poets are Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, John O’Brien and contemporary poets Phillip Rush, Bob Magor and Frank Daniels.
Now-a-days I like to perform at Bush poets’ breakfasts, campfires, Fund Raising Organisations, Clubs, Parties, Variety Concerts, lunches, Senior Centres, and pretty much at any gathering of like-minded people and The Annual (February) WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook, including a Bush
Dave lives in Collie - you can contact Dave on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Peg is a lady of mature
years who lives in Albany and writes and performs her poetry in a
friendly, personal style.
She describes her background as - "I grew up on an apple orchard near Mt. Barker, where we helped pick and pack the fruit, milked cows and soon learned if we didn’t want to be landed with extra chores, we had to get as far away from the house as possible, in so doing, I got to know the bush with all its wildflowers and birds. At times we ‘entertained’ neighbours with ‘concerts’ performed on the veranda. Poetry, drawing, birds and bush flowers were my greatest loves but as time went by I became aware these things would not sustain me and I had to go out and get a job. As becoming a brain surgeon was out of the question, I picked apples, worked in hospitals, colleges, cafes, shops and guest houses, cooking, cleaning and being a general dogsbody." It is is from these life experiences that Peg creates her poems, mostly humorous with a rural setting.
Phone 9841 2129
|Val Read - Val is a
very prolific Bush Poet and has published a number of books. Many of her
poems have won accolades in major competitions across Australia. Many
have also appeared in anthologies of contemporary rhyming verse.
Her most recent publication, "Whistling Foxes" has received
high acclaim. Val's highest achievement was winning Australia's
2008 major award for written "Bush Poetry", the "
Bronze Swagman "
- phone Val on 9339 8349
Terry Piggott - Terry, although only having been
on the Bush Poetry scene for a short time has rapidly found himself to
be one of the most award winning poets across the nation, scarcely
a written competition goes past without Terry's name being among the
winners. Terry's poems are largely reflections on the more serious
sides of life and are written with great sensitivity.
You can email Terry at email@example.com
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|"Yarnspinner Extraordinaire", Peter
was born in Cooma in the Snowy Mountains in the 1950s. His larrikin style
has him in high demand, both as a performing poet and story teller wherever
he happens to be.
Cappy has now moved to the Sunrise side of Australia, but you'll likely find him if you happen to be in Tamworth for the Country Music Festival in January or you may come across him at any place where there's a festival involving the telling of tall stories
himself as "an entertainment host, poet, musician and raconteur",
Peter is a well known Perth
celebrity, having spent many years in the TV and entertainment
industries (among others) - He is available as a guest speaker, he
also operates a specialty small vehicle charter fleet. Having at
times been everything from a message-boy to a writer of children's
books. In his mature years, he went to University, where, after many
years of academia, in 2006 he received his Doctorate of Philosophy
which now entitles him to call himself Dr Doodah, the Ace of
Klubs, promoting his philosophy of Love, Laughter and Longevity
|Kerry writes and promotes
Bush Poetry in the community and schools. She and her husband
Rod also have a property "Diggers Camp" on the outskirts of Perth where visitors can
come and be entertained in a "Dinkum Aussie" setting.
Kerry was the Australian Ladies Bush Poetry Champion in 2003 and
runner up in 2004. She was also WA Champion in 2004. The family
is also very involved in promoting poetry in their community as
well as in country areas. Kerry's poetry is very varied,
original and ranges from the whimsical to sentimental and thought
|Rod works with Kerry on
their property "Diggers Camp". Like Kerry, he too writes his own poetry which
he performs with gusto and passion. Rod has won a number of awards,
the highest being runner up (to Kerry) WA champion in
2004. The Lees poetry from their selection "Outside
Perth" will enthral any listener. Rod and Kerry have been
involved in the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, Marybrook
Winery (Margaret River) Festival, Dandaragan festival and the Royal
Show. From time to time Rod and Kerry host
"poetic" and wildflower minibus tours within country Western
Wayne, ‘urban drifted’ from bush, to big smoke, half a life ago,
discovering the trowel, and a mortar board of interests, challenges,
and experiences along the track. Bonded with mortar, these are the
foundation of his regular ‘ABC Great Southern’ breakfast radio
spot, where his poems go to air and are posted on “Wayne Pantall’s
And a few current poets whose work is
some of these may not consider their work to be 'bush poetry', but they certainly write in that genre.
Their verses would not be out of place in any gathering of Bush Poets
|about the poet|
Lesley lives in Perth and has featured on ABC Radio. In 2000 she self published her first book "A look on the light side" a collection of 57 delightful poems with topics which range from ABC radio programs through wildflowers, underwear with alarms, driving on the freeway and several about working at "Charlies" (Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.)
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