The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival 2023
Published in Trad&Now 154 February 2022
The Autumn leaves are turning, Summer’s heat has faded and the citizens of Corryong wait with open arms to welcome back Australia’s Bush Poets to this year’s Festival.
Assistant Poetry Events Manager, Graeme Johnson, has now completed hiring his list of “Featured Artists & Judges” who will ‘strut their stuff’ at ‘Banjo’s Block’, and it’s a mighty impressive cast of characters I must say.
First and foremost, we have festival stalwart, Geoffrey.W.Graham, whose tribute shows to Banjo Paterson and the like fill the marquees each and every time he takes the stage.
Not to be outdone we will also showcase the many skills of “The Man of Many Hats” Gregory North, former 3 x times Australian Bush Poetry Champion.
He will share the stage and judging table with “The Rhymer from Ryde” and ABPA President Tim Sheed, amongst other luminaries.
Tall tales and general bulldust throwing will be the domain of Matthew Hollis, 2 x times Australian Yarnspinning Champion, who will also Co-MC the Poet’s Breakfasts.
Bush Music, campfire singalongs and all things ‘Australiana’ will be looked after by festival favourites Kevin McCarthy and Simon Dillon.
Bring your instrument and become part of this merry band of minstrels.
The ‘Bonza Blokes Bush Band’ will play an assortment of classics ‘around the traps’.
Christine Middleton also brings her consummate musicianship and beautiful playing to our musical crew.
But of course, the most important part of the Bush Poetry troupe is YOU!
Our wonderful and loyal audiences and ‘Walk-up’ Poets who bring their own vibrant personalities and skills to share with their “Aussie” mates.
Come One, Come All to Corryong! We’re waiting for you!
Entry forms and further information is available on the following websites.
www.bushfestival.com.au, www. abpa.org.au, www.vbpma.com.au
Bush Poetry at the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival
Published in T&N 153 December 2022
Yes folks, we’re back, and we’d like you to return too!
As you in the know may be aware, Jan Lewis, the previous Poetry Events Manager for the Bush Poetry component of the Man from Snowy River (MFSR) Festival 1997-2022, retired from her position at the end of the 2022 event.
Jan had created one of the most substantial and well run Bush Poetry events in the country and should be highly lauded for her accomplishments over that time.
Rumour then had it that this announcement heralded the end of Bush Verse at this festival in the future.
Well folks, nothing could be further from the truth!
Things move on and next year the mantle of Events Manager for the Bush Poetry section of the event will be taken up by Maureen Thomas.
Her Assistant Poetry Events Manager will be none other than Graeme Johnson, who has been Jan’s assistant at the event over the last 10 years.
Graeme brings a wealth of experience to the event having been Senior Judge at the event for the last 10 years.
Jan’s considerable experience will not be completely lost however as she will continue working ‘behind the scenes.’
The 2023 event will once again be a drawcard for Poets from all over the country who flock to Corryong to breathe the mountain air, marvel at the scenery and enjoy the camaraderie of their poetic cohorts.
The signature competitions will once again be held.
Those being the Man from Snowy River Recitation, The Jack Riley Heritage Award and The Carol Reffold Memorial One Minute Cup.
There will also be a veritable smorgasboard of ‘walk-up’ events, involving both ‘Featured Poets’ and various walk-up characters.
These include 3 Poet’s Breakfasts, hosted by The Rhymer from Ryde and Matthew Hollis, and a series of concerts where the poets of all ages and abilities will be able to exhibit their skills in reciting Traditional, Modern & Original Bush Verse as well as spinning a few Yarns along the way.
As per usual, the ‘Anzac Remembrance’ tribute concert will also be held whilst at night, musos and poets alike will ‘singalong’ by the campfire burning ‘till all hours at ‘Banjo’s Block’.
Entry forms and further information is available on the following websites: