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Welcome to the Victorian Bush Poetry and Music Association website.
Our association is dedicated to the promotion of Australian bush poetry, Australian song and music, also yarn-spinning.

Many people think bush poetry is restricted to the works of A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, Dorothea Mackellar, Henry Lawson and others of their era. A part of Australia's history not relevant to the 21st century.
Such is not the case. Bush poetry is thriving throughout Australia, especially in country areas. There are currently three generations of talented writers and performers of rhyming verse; young, middle-aged and old. They have followed on from those who filled the void that existed after the passing of so many fine poets of our pre and post Federation eras.

Need convincing? Then attend any of the many major festivals or competitions that are held regularly in Victoria and interstate and attend a Bush Poets Breakfast. You could start with our Australian Bush Entertainment Muster at Benalla over the second weekend in October annually. In addition to bush poetry and yarn spinning, the Victorian Song/Music championships are held. There’ll also be great entertainment and workshop options catering for all ages. There will be several featured artists who have not previously appeared at Benalla perform at our Saturday evening variety concert of poetry and song.

Follow our website and others recommended on the Groups & Links page for more information.

The VBPMA is a friendly 'down to earth' association run entirely by volunteers.   Enquiries welcome.



About Us...

The VBPMA was formed as an incorporated not for profit association in April 2005, to assist in fostering and encouraging bush poetry at junior and senior levels throughout Victoria. Also to ensure Victorian Bush Poetry championships are held annually.

Victorian state championships were first organised by the Gippsland Bush Poets at Stratford in 2002, then again in 2003. The Snowy Mountains Bush Poets conducted the 2004 championships at Shepparton, and 2005 at Benalla.

As neither of those groups, or the other four founding groups; Bendigo Goldfields Bush Poets, Kyabram Bush Verse group, Top of the Murray Bush Poets and Story Tellers, and Melbourne ARVO's (Australian Rhyming Verse Orators) were prepared to organise future state championships, this responsibility fell upon the VBPMA.

Song/music championships for original, non-original, and overall champion were introduced in 2007 and Yarn spinning in 2009. Both genres have been retained. Successful championships were conducted at Benalla in 2006 - 2009. In 2010 the championships were held in Wedderburn, and returned to Benalla for 2011 - 2015

In 2012, Australian Bush Poetry Championships were held in Corryong at the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival in April. In October, we held our first Aussie Entertainment Muster at Benalla which included Song Championships, Poets Breakfasts, Yarnspinning, Writing for Kids, Technology for Performers Workshops and One Minute Poem, Poet and Yarnspinner of the Muster competitions.

From 2013 the Victorian Poetry and Yarn Spinning Championships have been conducted  within The Man From Snowy River Festival at Corryong. The Australian Championships were held in 2015. The highest scoring Victorians are named Victorian State Champions.  See list of Victorian Champion Males and Females.