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Bush Poetry

Bush Poet's Breakfast Sunday 21st October 2018

What is a Bush Poet's Breakfast?

A mix of poets and those who enjoy bush poetry, getting together for a fully cooked breakfast, and, in our case, to raise funds for worthy causes.

When are they held?

They are held in our area once a year - as part of the Crow's Nest Community Festival. This year - Sunday October 21st 2018.

Where do the funds go this year?

The recipients of funds raised this year are the Highfields Guides/Scouts and the Highfields Pioneer Village.

What is the cost?

$20 for the bush poetry, breakfast and entry to the Pioneer Village for the day. Children 12 and under half price.If you choose you can also take in the Bush Poetry writing workshop conducted by Greg.

What time does it start?

Breakfast on the go from 7am. We start the bush poetry at 7:30am, and finish about 9:30am. You are then welcome to spend the day at the Pioneer Village. Don't forget their tea and damper!!

  I would like to do a bit more bush poetry. What else is available?

  • On the day there are a couple of opportunities. Around smoko time we will be having a bush poetry writing workshop for beginners to experienced - no extra charge.
  •  During the Poet's Breakfast you may like to read/recite (a maximum of two) poems that you have written or that you enjoy. There are two prizes on offer - one open to all, and one for "Audience Response". Just nominate with the MC on the day.
  • You may like to enter the Bronze Swagman Bush Verse competition (written verse) . See

Who is our featured Bush Poet this year 2018?


A resident of the Blue Mountains NSW, Gregory North is a writer and performer of bush poetry and yarns. His quirky humour and bent for accents make him unique among bush verse entertainers. He literally 'lives' each character, whether it's the coal seam gas miner, the complaining granny or a rather camp Clancy of The Overflow.

Since his first major competition win at the 'Man From Snowy River Festival' in 2004, Greg has won a string of performance poetry awards including Australian Bush Poetry Champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In late 2006 Greg won his first award for written poetry - a first place in the Gippsland Wattle Bush Poetry Award - followed up by several other wins in written competitions. Greg has also competed four times at the National Poetry Slam.

Known for his rendition of Banjo Paterson's 'The Man From Snowy River' in 15 different accents and a variety of other characters, he's not your regular bush poet.

Greg's Bush Laureate Award-winning CD Frackin' Fricker gives an irreverent insight into coal seam gas mining along with some slam pieces, neglected verse and even a rap. He also has two DVDs: Gregory North should Stick It and Man of Many Hats where you can see his unique characters and hats, plus CDs Fully Sick, Mate! and Winton's Wisp of Banjo Paterson.

In demand at festivals, schools, competitions and corporate functions, this man of many hats is sure to entertain. More information and photos appear on Greg's website

Where can I buy tickets?

TICKETS available NOW

The $20 ticket allows entry to the bush poetry, the bush poetry writing workshop if you choose, a fully cooked breakfast and the day at the Highfields Pioneer Village

In Toowoomba tickets can be purchased from Rhonda's Refits, 100 Taylor St, Toowoomba. 46 3 789 33 EFTPOS Available
Phone through and we can have the tickets available for payment and collection at the door.

In Highfields, tickets can be purchased from the Highfields Pioneer Village 4696 6309.

Who is the major sponsor of the day?