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2017 National Championships

Toodyay,  W.A.

November 3rd - 5th  2017

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Toodyay Hosts the Australian Bush Poetry Championships     March 2017

WA Bush Poets are holding their annual State Championship in Toodyay on 3rd – 5th November, 2017. This year the Australian Championships are being held in conjunction with that event.

Toodyay is situated 80km north-east of Perth, in the picturesque Avon Valley. Toodyay enjoys a rustic charm with a unique valley backdrop with the Avon River flowing through the centre of town. It is classified as a Historic Town by the National Trust. The town’s architecture reflects its colonial and convict past, also offering an enviable array of charming studios, galleries, boutique shops, varied accommodation, wineries, eateries and family entertainment.

 Toodyay is an excellent base from which to visit places such as New Norcia, Australia’s only Monastic town, The Chittering Valley Wine Trail and Bindoon, famous for its citrus orchards. Midland is a comfortable hour away on the air-conditioned Avonlink commuter train, travelling through the spectacular Avon Valley National Park. More information about Toodyay, including accommodation can be found at www.toodyay.com       Caravans and motorhomes check out www.toodyayholidaypark.com or www.toodyaycaravanpark.com

 Some of the best Bush Poets from across Australia will be converging on Toodyay for the Australian Championships. Visitors to the Bush Poetry Festival can be assured of a feast of traditional and modern poetry in the style of the great masters Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson. There will also be a concert on the Friday night and a family Bush dance on the Saturday night. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for any of the weekend.

 For more about the competition check the bush poet’s website www.wabushpoets.asn.au or contact the president, Bill Gordon president@wabushpoets.asn.au or phone 0428651098

Australian Bush Poetry Championships - Program and Judges      May 2017

The full program is available for the Act Belong Commit Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival which is being held in the Memorial Hall, Toodyay on 3rd -5th November, 2017. It will start at 9am on the Friday with a workshop conducted by Noel Stallard, and finish on Sunday afternoon with presentation of trophies and awards to winners.

Judges for the performance competition will be Carol Heuchan from Cooranbong,in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Jack Drake, Stanthorpe, Qld, and Noel Stallard, Brisbane, Qld. All are highly credentialed poets who have each won numerous awards for their writing and performances. A highlight of the Bush Poets Breakfast on the Sunday morning will be a performance by these very popular poets.

A written competition is being conducted in conjunction with the festival. Entry to this is open to all writers of rhyming poetry under the guidelines of the Australian Bush Poetry Association. Details of these guidelines are on their website www.abpa.org.au Judges for the written competition are Robyn Sykes, Binalong, NSW, Brenda Joy, Charters Towers, Qld, and Greg North, Leura, NSW. A look at the websites of each of the judges will reveal an interesting saga of what it is possibleto achieve when one takes a journey into Bush Poetry.

To view the full program, download entry forms for the written and performance competitions, and other information about the festival check the websitewww.wabushpoets.asn.au or contact the president, Bill Gordon president@wabushpoets.asn.au or phone 0428651098


Pat Drummond set to discover his ancestral roots.     September   2017

Pat Drummond is a descendant of Sir James Drummond, one of Toodyay’s founding fathers and original owner of “Hawthornden”. Pat has made a name for himself in the folk music scene for almost 40 years and is a popular performer at country music and folk festivals.  He will be in Toodyay researching family history and hopes to uncover some little-known stories of the Drummond clan.

Pat was awarded the 2016 Songmaker Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. He has been the recipient of a multitude of awards over his career.Although well known for his comic repertoire, and his work with the multi - Award Winning Bush Poetry/ Comedy troupe, the 'Naked Poets', it has been the 'power punch' lyric writing in songs such as "Who Is that Refugee?", "The Road To Damascus", and "Somebody Else's Slides" which has so profoundly impressed both the critics and his peers since then. 

Come along to the Memorial Hall on Friday 3rd November to hear Pat in action at a free concert, an event that is not to be missed. Pat will be in Toodyay for the duration of the Bush Poetry Festival, Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th November, and would like to hear from anyone with any connection to Sir James Drummond.

For more information and program for the Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival call into the Toodyay Visitors Centre or visit www.wabushpoets.asn.au


The Great WA Bush Poetry Tour is about to commence.     September 2017

Starting on the south coast the Esperance Agricultural Show hold a Bush Poets Breakfast on Saturday 21st October. Esperance is a very dynamic community, they need to be because of their isolation. Victoria Brown and the Show committee attract an excellent field of poets for this event.

Then it is over to the west coast for the Nambung Country Music Festival at Cervantes. Nambung Station joins the famous Pinnacles Nature Reserve and is a great rural setting for this four day festival. Bush Poets are included in the walk-ups each day with a big Bush Poets Brekky on the Sunday morning. This year a bus will run from Cervantes each day for patrons who need accommodation in town.

From Nambung it is a short trip across to Toodyay for the Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival and Australian Bush Poetry Championships. Apart from the competition there will be walk-up poetry, Yarnspinning, a Pat Drummond Concert on the Friday night, a Bush Dance on the Saturday night, and a Bush Poets Brekky with the judges on the Sunday morning.

The tour concludes back on the south coast at Albany Show were Peter Blyth and the Albany Bush Poets hold their Bush Poets Breakfast on Saturday 11th November.

For more information on any of these events check our website www.wabushpoets.asn.au or phone president Bill Gordon on 0428651098.

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