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Keep an eye out for the program for the 2023 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival to be held in Orange from Friday 17 February (Banjo’s birthday) to Sunday 26 February 2023, including the National Bush Poetry Performance Championships on 23 and 24 February 2023. More details and the 2023 competition entry forms can be viewed HERE

Results of the 2022 Youth Poetry Competition 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”