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Go to the Banjo Poetry Festival page for the program for the 2024 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival to be held in the Orange and Cabonne region from Saturday 17 February (Banjo’s birthday) to Sunday 25 February 2024, including the Poetry Performance Competitions on Friday 23 February 2024. More details and the 2024 competition entry forms can be viewed HERE

Results of the 2023 National Bush Poetry Performance Championships can be viewed on the Australian Bush Poets Association website.

Here are some of the poems from previous competitions for your enjoyment:


Len Banks – “The garden wedding”


Celia Kershaw – “Career Change”


Doc Derek Bland – “Australia on the Moon”


Celia Kershaw – “Jill and Perce”

Mayor Reg Kidd – “What he would say”

Jim Lamb – “Norman and the snake”

Doc Derek Bland – “The undead swaggie”


Jayne Miller – “Grafton’s NIMBY bridge”

Mark Marusic – “Feline frolics”

Ian Butters – “The way things used to be”


Eric Yeomans – “The veteran”

Dinka Dekaris – “Refugee”

Elliot Stuart – “I used to live in the city”

Lucy Ward – “Our family holidays”

Ian Butters – “No laughing matter”

David Bolstad – “Bride and Groom”