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This page contains a list of events in the West  Australian Bush Poetry calendar, (some of those listed are possibly for other states). If you know of any event that is not listed, and you feel it should be, please send the information to briandot@tpg.com.au so that it can be considered for addition to the list.

See Competitions Page for  State & National  Competitions

Note Date Change for November Muster  (Due to Toodyay National Championships)

Take me to:   One-off  Events         Country WA Regular  Events   

National Championships, Toodyay  2017

  REGULAR  Perth EVENTS

Date

Event

Whereabouts

Details

Members Please Note,  Membership renewal is due on January 1st  -  Unpaid renewals at the end of March will remove you from the Members list 


Intending Presenters at Musters - Please Note -  Your Allocated Time is 6 Minutes MAXIMUM, including any preamble unless special arrangements have been made with the MC


 
The Association is greatly indebted to Christine Boult for taking the time and effort to re-organise an annual Muster program and for organising MCs and Classics readers several months ahead.

WA Bush Poets Committee  and Event Organisers -  I am not clairvoyant - Unless You tell me about an event , I cannot publicise it

Note -   This list is NOT set in concrete and may change at any time

 

 

 

 

 

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September 1st  2017WABP&YS
MUSTER

"Traditional Night"
poems pre 1950 please

Prize for Best Dressed

Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley

Commencing  7pm

MC  - Grace Williamson
9361 4265

e-mail

Classics Reader 
John Hayes

October 6th  2017WABP&YS
MUSTER

Max. 16 line Poetry Comp
theme
"Kiss it Goodbye"

Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley

Commencing  7pm

MC  -  
Dot Langley
9361 3770

e-mail

Classics Reader 
Brian Langley

November 10th 2017
2nd Friday

1st Friday is National Performance Championships at Toodyay
WABP&YS
MUSTER

Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley

Commencing  7pm

MC  - Bill Gordon
0428 651 098
e-mail

Classics Reader 
Bob Brackenbury

December 1st  2017WABP&YS
XMAS MUSTER
(bring a gift for the BIG raffle  ($5-$10)

Xmas Poems if possible please


Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley
CAKE,
PORT & POETRY

Commencing  7pm

MC  - Peter Nettleton
(Stinger)
0407 770 053
e-mail

Classics Reader 
Alan Aitken

January 5th  2018
WABP&YS
MUSTER

8 Line Poem 
"Did I say That"
Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley

Commencing 7pm

MC - Anne Hayes
9337 1238
0428 542 418
e-mail

Classics Reader
Lorraine Broun
February 2nd  2018 WABP&YS
MUSTER
Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley

Commencing 7pm

MC - Nancy Coe
9472 5303
  No   e-mail

Classics Reader
Meg Gordon
March 2nd  2018 WABP&YS
MUSTER
Auditorium, Bentley Park Retirement Village

26 Plantation Drive
Bentley

Commencing 7pm

MC - Jem Shorland
6143 0127
0487 764 897
e-mail

Classics Reader
Rhonda Hinkley
       

Members and Friends  -  We are always looking for people prepared to be MC for our Monthly Musters, 
also for people to be a presenter of our regular feature, "Readings from the Classics" 
Guidelines for both jobs are available   -  e-mail  president
@wabushpoets.asn.au or see Christine or any  2016/7
Committee member at the next Muster


Click here for download of  MC and Classics reader general guidelines (.DOC format) 

Local (Perth) and Country "one-off" Events

Date / Event

Place / Time

Comments

++++New+++
Sat.  August 26th
CD Launch
"Weaver of Dreams"
featuring the Poetry of
Jack Sorensen
presented by
"Dingo's Breath"
6.30 for 7.30 start

Kalamunda RSL
35 Canning Rd.
Kalamunda
$15 / $10 Concession
U16 Free

Bookings 0409 007 6367

See Flier  

Jack Sorensen's Life & Poetry

2017
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSH POETRY CHAMPIONSHIPS


Nov 3 - 5  2017
Memorial Hall
Toodyay



 


Please inform me if you know of any events that should be here

webmaster@wabushpoets.asn.au

 

 

 

 

Country Regular Events

Date / Event

Place / Time

Comments

Regular Gig
4th Tuesday

Albany
 

Peter   9844 6606

Regular Gig
First Monday,

of the 'even' months

NOTE  June  is on the 2nd Monday (the first Monday is a public Holiday)

 

Bunbury Bush Poets
7pm Rose Hotel
Cnr Wellington & Victoria
Bunbury

Ian Farrell
0408 212 636

Regular Gig
Second Tuesday
Geraldton 
Bush Poets

6pm, Recreation Room
Belair Caravan Park
Geraldton
Roger & Jan
0427 625 181     or

Irene
0429 652 155
Derby Bush PoetsI need some info   please
e-mail webmaster with details
  Mandurah Bush Poets
It is hoped to get a regular group running in the Mandurah area soon

Country Members   - 
Have a think about starting a group in your district

 


2016  TOODYAY BUSH POETRY FESTIVAL   -   Wrap Up  

This 4th Bush PoetryCommenced on Friday November 4th with a Workshop hosted by Rob Christmas, visiting judge from Tamworth, 

Friday Evening saw many of the poets who would be performing in the Competitive Arena  make their way by bus to the Jennacubine Tavern to give a  preview of their work during dinner 

Saturday's programme was scheduled to commence at 9am with a Junior competition, however only two juniors were in evidence. (What happened to the Toodyay school children who were noticeable by their absence???)  Just one local (6 years old) child trod the boards assisted by his mother.  The other junior, Alex Heffernan, has a great future in Bush Poetry and gave us polished performances in both Original and Other poets work. 

 The Novice competition  commenced at 10am.   There were three Novice Events,  Original, "Other" and "Classics Reader"
All showed promise of future performances with the Winner of both Original and "Others, going on to sweep the floor and take out the State Champion Performer for 2014   

Saturday lunchtime saw the presentation of entries in the "Roadwise" short poetry competition -  this non-championship event had a limit of 16 lines, and had to include the phrase "Drink Driving - It's Never OK" or a variant of it.  The results were very close and all were extremely powerful messages regarding the likely outcomes for people who disobey the Drink Driving Laws as well as for their innocent victims

This was followed by the Official Opening of the Festival, presented by the President of the Toodyay Festivals Inc.  Andrew McCann

The afternoon saw the start of the open competition events.  Two categories were contested,  Yarnspinning, and "Other" (Contemporary) -  The Yarnspinnning, as usual resulted in many stories which stretched the bounds of credibility to the nth degree.  However, the winner did not attempt to do this but gave a poignant story of life in a German POW camp during WW11 It was great to see a return to "real" story telling being recognised

Saturday evening consisted of a Family Bush Dance, Music being provided by Les Helfgott and the Souther Cross Bush Band.   The attendance was considerably better than last year with most people joining in the dancing. 

Sunday had us all up early for a Bush Poets Breakfast, the food being provided by the Toodyay Lions Club.  the entertainment being from the Championship entrants, along with judges Brenda Joy and Jeff Swaine
Brenda with the help of President Bill (as the swagman) and other Management personnel  playing the jumbuck, squatter, troopers and coolibah tree gave us a "different" look at our "National Song", Waltzing Matilda

The Championship events then continued with two categories, "Traditional" and "Original Humorous".  These were followed after lunch by the final championship event, the "Original Serious" section.

The final official  event for the festival occurred while the judges and scrutineers were tallying up the overall results,  this was the presentation of entries in a "Poets Brawl"      this, for the uninitiated is a "winner takes all" contest in which potential writers draw a phrase and have about a day and a half to come up with a 1 minute poem containing that phrase.  -  The winner was Roger Cracknell,   It was again pleasing that there were a couple of local entrants in the "brawl".as well as a couple of "first timers"

  The afternoion culminated in the  announcements of the winners in the Written Competition  (Congratulations Terry Piggott (Serious)  and Peg Vickers (Humorous)) and finally by the announcements of the Overall placings in the WA 2014 State Performance Championships.  We congratulate Christine Boult who was a well deserved winner.   Runner up was Brian Langley with last years winner, Peter Blyth taking third place.

click here for full results

Once again a successful weekend, albeit with local participation and attendance being a little disappointing.  It was however considerably better than last year, hopefully portending better things in future years.


       2014  TOODYAY BUSH POETRY FESTIVAL   -   Wrap Up      
 

This 2nd Bush Poetry festival kicked off on Friday October 24th 2014 with a Workshop at 1pm. 
hosted by Brenda Joy, ABPA Secretary and Australia's most awarded Bush Poet for 2013  -  Brenda was accompanied and assited by he husband, ABPA President,  Hal Pritchard.   Workshop topics included varios aspects of writing, performing and judging, also an explanation of the new "ranking system" for judging.

Friday Evening saw many of the poets who would be performing in the Competitive component give a preview of their work during dinner at the Toodyay Bowling Club.  Unfortunately, the Club's PA system was not up to standard needed for performance

Saturday's programme was scheduled to commence at 9am with a Junior competition, however only two juniors were in evidence. (What happened to the Toodyay school children who were noticeable by their absence???)  Just one local (6 years old) child trod the boards assisted by his mother.  The other junior, Alex Heffernan, has a great future in Bush Poetry and gave us polished performances in both Original and Other poets work. 

 The Novice competition  commenced at 10am.   There were three Novice Events,  Original, "Other" and "Classics Reader"
All showed promise of future performances with the Winner of both Original and "Others, going on to sweep the floor and take out the State Champion Performer for 2014   

Saturday lunchtime saw the presentation of entries in the "Roadwise" short poetry competition -  this non-championship event had a limit of 16 lines, and had to include the phrase "Drink Driving - It's Never OK" or a variant of it.  The results were very close and all were extremely powerful messages regarding the likely outcomes for people who disobey the Drink Driving Laws as well as for their innocent victims

This was followed by the Official Opening of the Festival, presented by the President of the Toodyay Festivals Inc.  Andrew McCann

The afternoon saw the start of the open competition events.  Two categories were contested,  Yarnspinning, and "Other" (Contemporary) -  The Yarnspinnning, as usual resulted in many stories which stretched the bounds of credibility to the nth degree.  However, the winner did not attempt to do this but gave a poignant story of life in a German POW camp during WW11 It was great to see a return to "real" story telling being recognised

Saturday evening consisted of a Family Bush Dance, Music being provided by Les Helfgott and the Souther Cross Bush Band.   The attendance was considerably better than last year with most people joining in the dancing. 

Sunday had us all up early for a Bush Poets Breakfast, the food being provided by the Toodyay Lions Club.  the entertainment being from the Championship entrants, along with judges Brenda Joy and Jeff Swaine
Brenda with the help of President Bill (as the swagman) and other Management personnel  playing the jumbuck, squatter, troopers and coolibah tree gave us a "different" look at our "National Song", Waltzing Matilda

The Championship events then continued with two categories, "Traditional" and "Original Humorous".  These were followed after lunch by the final championship event, the "Original Serious" section.

The final official  event for the festival occurred while the judges and scrutineers were tallying up the overall results,  this was the presentation of entries in a "Poets Brawl"      this, for the uninitiated is a "winner takes all" contest in which potential writers draw a phrase and have about a day and a half to come up with a 1 minute poem containing that phrase.  -  The winner was Roger Cracknell,   It was again pleasing that there were a couple of local entrants in the "brawl".as well as a couple of "first timers"

  The afternoion culminated in the  announcements of the winners in the Written Competition  (Congratulations Terry Piggott (Serious)  and Peg Vickers (Humorous)) and finally by the announcements of the Overall placings in the WA 2014 State Performance Championships.  We congratulate Christine Boult who was a well deserved winner.   Runner up was Brian Langley with last years winner, Peter Blyth taking third place.

click here for full results

Once again a successful weekend, albeit with local participation and attendance being a little disappointing.  It was however considerably better than last year, hopefully portending better things in future years.

 


2013  TOODYAY BUSH POETRY FESTIVAL   -   Wrap Up
 

This Inaugural Bush Poetry festival kicked off on Friday November 1st 2013 with a series of Workshops. 
11am - 12.30 Written  -  Run by Brian Langley with additional information from John Hayes,  Terry Piggott and a special talk on writing Comedy by Bill Kearns from NSW .  The 2nd Workshop (1pm - 2.30pm) on "Performance" was run as a group discussion with topics ranging from "How do I improve my memory"  to  appropriate use of "voices"  .

The third workshop (3 - 4.30pm) was run by Bill Kearns, the Topic being "Performance Judging"  It was hoped that some of the participants in this workshop would be available for judging during the competitive part of the Festival. 

Friday Evening saw many of the poets who would be performing in the Competitive component give a preview of their work during dinner at the Toodyay Bowling Club. 

Saturday's programme was scheduled to commence at 9am with a Junior competition, however only two juniors (both 10 years old) were in evidence. In order that we do our utmost to include Juniors in our artform, both took the stage as a prelude to the Novice competition which commenced at 10am.   There were three Novice Events,  Original, "Other" and "Classics Reader"   -  While the "Original" attracted a significant number of entries, the other two only had 4 entries in each.

Saturday lunchtime saw the presentation of entries in the "Roadwise" short poetry competition -  this "fun" event had a limit of 16 lines, and had to include the word "Fatigue" in a road safety context.

The afternoon saw the start of the open competition events.  Two categories were contested,  Yarnspinning, and "Other" (Contemporary) -  The Yarnspinnning, as usual resulted in many stories which stretched the bounds of credibility to the nth degree .

Saturday evening consisted of a Family Bush Dance, Music being provided by Greg Hastings, formerly of "Mucky Duck".
Bill Kearns provided some comic relief with his humorous poems,

Sunday had us all up early for a Bush Poets Breakfast, the food being provided by the Toodyay Lions Club.  Whist this was an opportunity for local poets to participate, it was not to be, the entertainment being from the Championship entrants, along with the three judges,  Rod and Kerry Lee of "Digger's Rest"  and Bill Kearns,  whose recent poem  "Entrapment"  (or The Tragic Tale of Trevor's Trapped Testicle) was much in demand.

The Championship events then continued with two categories, "Traditional" and "Original Humorous".  These were followed at Lunchtime with a "Poets Brawl" - this, for the uninitiated is a "winner takes all" contest in which potential writers draw a phrase and have about a day and a half to come up with a 1 minute poem containing that phrase.  -  The winner was Kerry Lee, her phrase being "They both look pretty nice" .  It was pleasing that there were a couple of local entrants in the "brawl".

The final Championship event, "Original Serious" was held after lunch.  This was followed by announcements of the winners in the Written Competition and finally by the announcements of the Overall placings in the WA 2013 State Performance Championships.  We congratulate Peter Blyth who was a well deserved winner.

click here for full results

Overall, the weekend was  quite successful bearing in mind that it was an inaugural event, however the number of locals participating and attending was somewhat of a disappointment, as was the lack of response from the local District  High School when asked to have the school involved in the Festival

 

 

2013 BOYUP BROOK COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
BUSH  POETRY  EVENTS  -  WRAP UP

Thursday 14th 8.00-10.00           BUSH POETS BREKKY 
At the Tennis Club
..  A Great morning at this  venue  with around 250 in the audience
 

Thursday 16th          BUSH VERSE  WORKSHOPS
Peter Mace
and Bob Magor conducted two great workshops (Writing and performance)  to an audience of around 20 very appreciative people

Friday 17th      POETS IN THE PARK
Bush Poetry at rear of the Tourist Centre.
This event reverted to the previous format of 2 hours (11am - 1pm) of Bush Poetry.
  With a new stage setup, it was slightly different to earlier years, but the audience of a couple of hundred, including many clients of the local HACCS Service were treated to a great diversity of both original and traditional Bush Verse.

Saturday 18th.   8-10am        BUSH POETS BREKKY AT THE CLUB
The Bowling Club again saw a full house -   The audience enjoyed a range of poetry -
A "Poets Brawl" was was again held at this event with around 20 entries., the joint winners were Peter Blyth
 from Albany and Roger Cracknell from Geraldton

 Sunday 19th.    7-10am         BIG  SUNDAY BUSH POETS BREAKFAST
The biggest Bush Poetry event in WA.        one of the biggest in Australia - 
Once more with an eager audience of approaching 2000 (overall numbers were a little lower than last year, possibly due to the fact that there were some large bushfires in the region (but nowhere near Boyup Brook), about half of whom arrived before the start time of 7am, this was again a great mixture of local and imported talent.  The audience were treated to 3 hours of a mixture of classical and contemporary poetry, both humorous and serious, along with some delightful stories.  A great morning's entertainment.

Written Poetry Competition
Both Novice and Open Sections had an increased number compared to last year (63 in total, of which 16 were Novice)

.   The Novice (Emerging Poets) section was won by Warren Cox from Queensland with his poem "Charlie",  Highly Commended "The One that Got Away" also by Warren Cox.  Commended were "Irish" by Maureen Clifford and "Australian Son" by Vic Jeffries

The Open section resulted in a win by Brenda Joy (Qld) with her poem "That's How it is",   Highly Commendeds were "Closure" and "Reflections of the Kimberley", also by Brenda Joy, "The End of an Era"  and "The Last Farewell" by Terry Piggott (WA)     Commendeds were  "Beneath the Slouch hat Brim" and "Saving Grace", both by Allan Goode (Qld) and "Dragonflies" by Zondrae King (NSW)   - 

Once again, the Open section was of a very high standard and the judge had considerable difficulty deciding on a winner.
The Novice Standard was again quite high.   The Judges Comments again indicate that most emerging poets continue to struggle with consistency of the underlying stress patterns which make up the metre.  Other Judges comments were about poems needing general appeal rather than relating to some (otherwise unknown) local historical event or some concept of interest to a minority group, having unpronounceable names in them and also to having accuracy of natural events (eg  one poem mentioned the crescent  moon rising at dusk - this cannot happen,  it is the full moon (or close to it) that rises in the evening   

 We all look forward to another great weekend next year
Once again, thanks to Bill and his helpers for a great programme  and to Irene and Brian for the competition

 

 

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