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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

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