On the first weekend in April, the mountains around Corryong are set to ring with a new crop of Banjo Paterson fans and entrants in the Poetry and Bush Music events at the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival. In 2013 and 2014,
we proudly present the Victorian Bush Poetry Championships! This means we
follow the Australian Bush Poets’ Association’s rules and categories; but we have retained our MFSR Recital comp, with three finalists reciting the famous poem on Friday night at Banjo’s Block, the poets’ home base.
From Thursday to Sunday, there’ll be hardly a time when somebody, somewhere in Corryong is not reciting a poem or singing a song. People have been actually known to attend a festival without even going near a horse!
However, we DO encourage you to try different components of our authentic bush gathering.
Most of the poets who attended MFSR 2013
The flags were kindly made and donated by some ‘big smoke’ friends, the women at Riddell’s Creek
Back: John Peel Jack Riley Heritage winner, Ken Tough Vict Male Champ runner up, Noel Bull, Peter Klein, Roderick Williams Vict Champion Male Bush Poet & MFSR Recital winner; Matthew Hollis, Narelle Morris, Paul Connolly Intermediate winner, Ken Jones, Barry Tiffen.
(seated) Lt to Rt: Rhyl Graham, Ray Lobo, Rhonda Tallnash Victorian Highest scoring Victorian Female, Kathy Vallance, Jenny Markwell, Victorian Female runner up; Robyn Sykes Victorian Female Champion Bush Poet; Jan Lewis (Event
Manager) Front: Judge Jill Meehan, Judge Gregory North,
Absent: Betty Walton Victorian Yarnspinning Champion, Graeme Johnson Head Judge, MC Geoffrey Graham
Lt to rt Ken Jones 3rd, Matt Hollis 2nd and Betty Walton Vict Yarn Champion (Way to go! Betty announced her retirement from competition)