Bush Poetry

Next Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival is 2nd-5th March 2017
Please note the 2017 event has been CANCELLED


Dunedoo Bush Poetry 2016: A Great Success

Dunedoo Bush Poetry 3rd-6th March 2016

The Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival is three days of bush poetry competitions, street theatre, puppetry, music, market stalls and comedy entertainment. There is something for everyone
of all ages! Anyone can have a go in this supportive environment, so join in the
fun over the weekend.

The Festival starts on Thursday night. On Friday there is a bus tour of the local area
with commentary from the locals. The Poetry Competition begins on Friday at the
Dunedoo Golf Club where entry is free.
A cash prize will be awarded for the best yarn never told before at the festival.

The Saturday morning markets included interesting demonstrations with early Australian
music adding atmosphere. The Dunedoo Central School Poetry Competition was in full
swing with an awards night later in the evening.
To finish the Festival, a Poet's Breakfast and Brawl on was enjoyed on Sunday at Milling Park.



Brenda Joy - ABPA Judge

1st Place WINNER She Only Speaks if you Listen by Kevin Pye
In this poem rhyme and metre are retained and language flows. There are some lovely descriptions that evoke the imagery of the past. The poet has written about an era of Australian history that he/she obviously emphasises with. An authentic poem and a very worthy winner of this competition.

2nd Place September Skies by Shelley Hansen
This poet’s skills are excellent. The comparative structure used works well and provides a poignant way of linking Man and Nature. The subject is topical and well handled. The poem contains some nice imagery.

3rd Place The 1926 Forrest River Massacre by Max Merckenschlager
It is commendable that this poet has told a moving, historical episode forcefully and with compassion. Thank you for this poem

Highly Commended Regret to Advise by Kevin Pye
This is a sad story, well conveyed with a good use of poetic skills.

Commended The Glint by Max Merckenschlager
There is some good imagery in this poem and the comparison between the inner turmoil of the teller and the outer frivolity/cover up, is very effective. The poem could possibly be expanded further to add even more depth/pathos.

Commended Gone Metric by Max Merckenschlager
The rhythm and rhyming pattern in this poem is commendable – particularly the use of 2 internal rhymes. Well done and keep experimenting. This poet shows a good understanding of his/her subject.