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Townsville Bush Poetry Mates responded to the many requests from their supporters and conducted a very successful afternoon of Australian Bush Poetry, at the magnificent Carlton Theatre on Sunday the 12th of June.  The afternoon saw Master of Ceremonies  Kathie Priestley at her best, as she kept the audience of over 270 in stitches from laughter; particularly when in combination with Lyn Tarring, their comedy duos hugely entertaining.    The Mates members, all ten in number, provided a balanced programme of humour and serious poetry in the performance and recitation of original compositions, with the balance made up from the works of other writers.  With a great selection of raffle prizes and the lucky door swelling the proceeds from the afternoon,  our three charities of Golden Octopus, Mates for Mates, and Life Education will receive donations. We sincerely thank those who helped both in supplying goods for prizes, and especially all those who came along to see and hear a great afternoon of Bush Poetry.  We would also take this opportunity to thank James Phillips from Carlyle who gave a lot of his time in helping with this concert, and his skill in controlling the sound on the day.  Townsville Bush Poetry Mates are determined to keep this wonderful Aussie experience alive and well, and look forward to seeing you around the many local events at which we are performing.  Barry Graham President, TBPM.

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TOWNSVILLE BUSH POETRY MATES INC is a small group of people interested in Australian Bush Poetry.  We meet generally on the 1st Tuesday of each month, with the emphasis being on reciting and performance of original poetry, and poetry written by others.

Non-members are invited to attend meetings, and encouraged to become members.  We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the writing, performance, and education in schools and of the general public of the merits of Australian Bush Poetry.

Our activities include:-

Junior Poetry workshops – in and out of school

Adult Poetry workshops – with resident and invited poets as facilitators

Competitions – both hosting and encouraging our members to take part in competitions held throughout Australia

Performances – members perform by invitation at various group gatherings.

AUSTRALIAN BUSH POETRY may be defined as poetry with rhyme and meter, written by Australians about Australia, its people, places, things, or way of life.  Much of Australia’s culture and heritage is recorded and preserved through bush poetry.  It’s hard to imagine any Australian who could not quote at least a bit of Banjo Paterson’s “Waltzing Matilda”.

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