Last Modified - October 2014   Added Peter (Stinger) Nettleton



This page is under constant review 
New profiles will be added as they are submitted 

This page contains brief profiles of member poets and yarn spinners who are available for public or private performances, it includes their contact details and perhaps a link to their own website,  you-tube of facebook page
it also contains  info on some other living poets.

Members wishing to have their profiles added, E-Mail the Webmaster

Members also have the option (for a small fee)  of having their own web page attached to this site,  -  two levels of webpage are available, a simple page with just a few links and pictures, or a more comprehensive set of pages with poems, pictures, even audio.  We do not provide for blogs, financial dealings, visitor books or any of that stuff that younger folk seem to consider an essential part of life.  Contact the Webmaster for details

Profiles are listed Alphabetically

The WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners Assn. as an organisation, does not supply poets for private performances
People or Organisations looking for a performing poet for a function should  read what they have to say about themselves on this page, get in touch with those that you think may fit your needs,  Ask about availability, cost , style of poetry etc,  then make up your mind and get back to the selected poet to finalise details

We do however become  involved in cultural and district festivals and similar events.  - 
contact any of the executives of the WA Bush Poets & Yarnspinners Assn.  (details here)

Members listed on this page or recommended by our organisation are all performers of high standard and integrity, their poetry is generally suitable for all,  however, please be aware  that some Bush Poetry, including that of an earlier time, does contain some mild swearing,  reference to bodily functions and political incorrectness.   If such language may cause offence, please tell the poet so that unsuitable poems are not performed.

Beware Frauds and Foul Mouths  -  While there are several Bush poets of high standard who, for various reasons are not members or associates  of our organisation or others of similar aims, unfortunately, there are also a few  individuals  calling themselves Bush Poets who do not have  either the standard of  performance or ethics that our organisation considers suitable.  If in doubt, please contact a committee person who will endeavour to determine the suitability of unlisted people.


The Poet submitted information 

Terry Bennetts
(Music CDs for sale)

Balladeer and Songwriter, Terry is among Australia's leading County Musicians and singers.  He, along with his now deceased wife Jenny have been finalists in almost every Country Music Award in Australia, including the prestigious "Golden Guitar"  Terry is a regular performer at most of our nations top Country Music Festivals

In 2014, Terry, along with Bush Poet Keith Lethbridge took out the "Best Songwriter of the Year" Award at the WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook with the Song "Fitzroy River"

You can find out more about Terry, his awards, his songs and his contact details at

Peter Blyth
(CD & Books for Sale)

Having retired from a life as a farmer, Peter now lives on a small property just outside of Albany. He is well known in the Great Southern Region for his involvement in promoting Bush Poetry in the region. Peter is the organiser of the highly successful Poets Breakfast which runs in association
 with the Albany Show. Much of his poetry is drawn from his farming experiences, often composed while driving his tractor.
Peter has been a finalist at Tamworth and in 2005 was joint second place getter in the 2005 WA State Championships. in the most recent State Championships, in 2011 Peter consolidated his status by winning the overall WA Bush Championship award. or phone 9844 6606

Victoria Brown
(CD For Sale)

Born in Hampshire, England, 1982, she came to Australia for a holiday, met the love of her life and remained, living the farming life down Esperance way. 
A born entertainer, she is regularly heard on various radio stations, and as an "after dinner" entertainer performing her unique style of Bush Poetry at many rural functions, Her poetry is inspired both by the rural lifestyle as well as the adventures and misadventures of her family, Husband Tom and their three children.   Victoria has performed at a number of country Bush Poetry festivals and is the organiser of the Bush Poets Brekky held in conjunction with the annual Esperance Agricultural Show in October.

  Further information, and contact details  may be found on her website  

Roger Cracknell

Roger started writing Bush Poetry twelve years ago, having been inspired by his travels round Australia and visits to Tamworth. He has been presenting his Poetry to the public for the past six years and is a regular at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival and various Caravan Parks around W.A. and anywhere he can get an audience. Roger writes all his own poetry which ranges from serious to humorous and has produced two C.D's and a book.  At the 2013 WA State Performance Championships, Roger emerged as the Champion Novice performer of both his own work and that of others  ("Novice" implies never having previously won )

In 2016, Roger had expanded his repetoire and experience and was Runner-Up State Champion  (Combination of 4 Categories;  Traditional, Modern, and two of your own, serious and humorous)

Based in Geraldton, (but often at other places), you can contact Roger on 0427 625 181  or by email at

Brian Gale
(CD & Books for Sale)

Brian lives in Margaret River.  
He was bought up on a dairy farm near Augusta in the late depression years, which, in his words "Gave me a great sense of the wonderful things life has to offer". After a couple of years at high school in Bunbury he spent a while in the Army.  Much of his working life was spent living in the bush in the  south west of  West Australia where he worked as a pine faller.  It was here that his poetic skills developed, much of his poetry being influenced by by the cycles of life and the ebb and flow of the seasons that surrounded him.  In later years, he has become a keen long distance cyclist, travelling the world, meeting people from all walks of life and gathering ideas for his verse. If you are looking for a poet in the Capes region, give Brian a ring on 9757 2431

"What I do today is very important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it"

Bill Gordon

BILL GORDON is a farmer and Performing poet from Boyup Brook. -  He's submitted a bit more than a paragraph,  so we've given him his own page    click HERE to find out about Bill

Not only that, but Bill now has his own web page    you can see it all at


As well as taking on the role as President of the WA Bush Poets, Bill is the organiser / coordinator of the several Bush Poetry events which take place in conjunction with the Annual (February) WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook, including the biggest Bush Poetry event on the WA Calendar, the Sunday morning Bush Poets Brekky where over 2000 people get up early to come along and see the best Bush Poets in WA, along with some very high class performers from eastern parts.   Bill has come a long way in recent years, and is now not only performing traditional verse but is writing his own.  He was runner up Champion Bush Poet in the 2011 WA Championships.   or phone  97651098 evenings.  

Robert Gunn

I am mainly a reciter but put some of my poetry to music. I am still building on my repertoire learning new poems all the time. I have performed with prominent poets at Boyup Brook, Tamworth and other festivals. Australian champions have encouraged me but so far I haven’t pulled a rabbit out of a hat.
My performance is mainly modern work doing Marco Gliori, Murray Hartin, Mick Collis,Keith Lethbridge,Melanie Hall,David Burman,Bob Magor and various others.
In 2011 and 2017 I won the “poets brawl” in Boyup Brook. I have also performed [as a guest] with Pixie Jenkins. Pixie recorded me doing ‘'”Rindercella” and sometimes plays it on his Sunday morning radio show in Queensland.
I live in the Peel Region at North Yunderup. Can be contacted or mobile 0417099676. No distance too far.

John Hayes
(CDs for Sale)

John could well be called a balladeer.  He recites his own poetry about the incidences and people of his time as well as many of the traditional verses of Banjo Patterson, Henry Lawson and their contemporaries.   John has recorded with the ABC for the "Country Hour" as well as for some special events.  he travels extensively throughout Australia, reciting at festivals, pubs and around campfires and barbeques.  He published his first book (with cassette tape) "Till the Soil" in 1984.  Ten years later, his book "Fireside Reflections" was produced  with 100 poems celebrating 100 years of Australian History.  All of John's poems are as a result of extensive research.   
phone  9377 1238
.  John's Homepage (under construction)

Frank Heffernan  
(Book for Sale)

Frank is a third and fourth generation descendant of two pioneering families who took up land in the East Wickepin area when it was first opened up for selection in 1909. In 1962 he had the opportunity to purchase one of these properties and together with his wife Mary they farmed this land for the next forty years. Rhyming words has been a lifelong passion, but work always seemed to get in the way until they retired to Narrogin in 2003. Their son Tim carries on the family farming tradition as well as being a Bush Poet.   and Frank continues to have an interest in all things political and rural.

It would seem that Aussie Bush Poetry runs in the Heffernan genes for not only is Frank and Mary's son Tim a poet, but Tim's son Alexander has shown remarkable talents as an emerging performer.

 Frank's booklet "Rhymes for our Times"  was a finalist in the 2013 Bush Laureate Award "Bush Poetry, Book of the Year" at Tamworth 2013.

 you can contact him by e-mail

Barry Higgins

Barry is a story teller and performer of other people's poetry. He has an excellent repertoire of the works of WA poet Syd Hopkinson and "Blue the Shearer" (Colin Wilson).  His performances are mainly chosen from these topical and very popular humorous works. Barry can be contacted on or phone  9329 9709 

Brian Langley
(Books, Framed Poems, CDs for Sale )

Referring to himself as "The City Poet", Brian was born in country WA in 1940 but has lived much of his life in Perth. He  writes and performs his own work which covers a broad range of subjects. He has travelled widely in Australia and his poems are drawn partly from his travels. You will find very few billabongs or dying horses in Brian's poetry, but you will get contemporary living, aging, along the ocean, camping, a touch of nostalgia combined with humour and perhaps a thought provoking poem about the struggles of our pioneers.  At the 2005 and again at the 2014 WA Bush Poetry Championships, Brian achieved overall  second place. He has also won several awards both for written and performed verse.  He was runner up in the Tamworth 2013 Golden Damper Awards, considered by many to be the most prestigious Bush Poetry Performance award in Australia.  In 2014, he again went to Tamworth and this time was successful in winning the Original Section of the Golden Damper Award.   . Brian has self published 3 booklets  and a full sized "complete works" of his poetry as well as 2 CDs, His poetry style and presentation gives him many "return gigs" at a number of Senior Centres and groups around Perth.   Brian was the first WA Bush Poet to have gained recognition as an approved Judge (both performance and written ) with the Australian Bush Poets Assn.  or phone  9361 3770   Brian's homepage

Arthur Leggett
(Autobigraphy for Sale)

Arthur is a "Baby Boomer" of World War 1 which means that he has been around for considerable time.  Apart from reciting at the WA Bush Poets monthly Musters, he also frequently performs at the Peninsular Folk Club.  He has published numerous poems and articles for various anthologies and has recently published his first book of poems presenting poetry from his boyhood to senior citizenship.    Some are sentimental, some concern day to day living and when combined become a cross section of his Life and Time. He has also recently published his very interesting life story .He also recites some of the classics for which he has received commendation.  Arthur works with High School students as a mentor alongside many other community activities which feed his poetry.
08 64673351     Email:

Keith (Cobber) Lethbridge
(Books for Sale)

Do you know anyone on the matrimonial Track?  How about having a Bush Poetry Wedding.
Keith (Cobber) Lethbridge, WA State Champion Bush Poet many times over the last fifteen years,  is not only an outstanding poet and raconteur but also a JP and authorised Marriage celebrant, So if wedding bells are in the offing, why not add a touch of the bush and make it Wedding Poems and Yarns as well.  Having lived and worked most of his life in the Kimberleys, much of Cobbers poetry draws on people and situations from that frontier of Australian rural life.   Keith has published 6 books of his poetry.  His most recent achievement is to win the very prestigious "Bronze Swagman 2009" award for written Verse.  Not only does he excel at both writing and performing Bush Poetry, but can play the guitar, harmonica,  piano accordion,  the "bones" as well as almost any gum leaf that is put in front of him
In 2014, Keith Lethbridge, along with Balladeer (and WABP Member) Terry Bennetts  took out the "Best Songwriter of the Year" Award at the WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook with the Song "Fitzroy River"
9399 2589  or  mobile 04 3733 6296

Corin Linch
(Books for Sale)

In 1971 at the age of nineteen I went to work on Moola Bulla station Halls Creek where I stayed until 1985, (except for an overseas stint and twelve months horse-breaking in New South Wales.)  At Moola Bulla I was head-stockman of the Mount Amhurst camp (an out-station) then head-stockman of the Moola Bulla camp for nearly ten years.  In 1985 my wife Debbie, daughter Dani, son Ryan and I moved to Parron Place Badgingarra where I took over the management.  Parron was a fattening property for Moola Bulla steers, I stayed there until it was sold in late 1997.  My wife and I purchased a 50 acre property near Jurien Bay so I had somewhere to run my, what was becoming extensive horse plant.  I now travel North most years for the mustering season where I work in the west Pilbara as a contract musterer.  My poetry reflects many of my bush experiences, some serious and some funny.  In 2007 I was asked to perform at Boyup Brook and have now been  invited back several times.  I was also asked to perform at the Northampton Drought Busters Heritage Week in April where I performed not only my poetry but poems by P.J.Quilty, his father, Tom Quilty and poems by my favourite poet Will Ogilvie and others.     Phone 9652 6003 
Corin can be heard on the ABC in the wee hours of the morning -  Tuesdays I think, but I'm never up early enough to listen  -  Ed

Peter (Stinger) Nettleton


Peter (Stinger) Nettleton is a bush balladeer from way back. He started out playing in bush bands in the 70s and 80s but had to change his style when parenthood came along in the 90s. Around that time, Stinger joined a group of bush poets who became the founder members of WABPYA and has been performing bush poetry ever since. In recent times, he has returned to his musical roots, but always strives to include the spoken word in between songs and tunes. Stinger is planning on publishing a mixed collection of his original and favourite bush ballads in the near future. He welcomes contact at or on 0407770053.

  Eileen Noakes  

Eileen has always lived in south-west WA, the last forty years at Margaret River. From age eight, she studied speech and drama. She writes poetry and short stories, mostly humorous, and finds inspiration from everyday happenings. She is involved in amateur theatre, public speaking, and plays keyboards. She holds poetry sessions regularly for local senior citizens. Eileen is working towards having a CD and book released very soon  You can contact Eileen on

Dave Smith  

Well I was born at a very young age, and lived with my Mum n Dad, I am smack in the middle of five sisters and three brothers (one brother, three sisters older and two sisters and two brothers younger) so I have a love for large families, On a family trip caravanning round Australia we met a fellow called Rusty Christensen in Halls Creek who rekindled my love of bush poetry, a love that was fostered at my Mothers knee side from a very young age, her reciting from memory Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, John O’Brien and C J Dennis to name a few. One great love I have along with bush Poetry is yarn spinning, (as my kids will attest to,) and I am very proud and honoured to be the WABP&Yarn Spinners current (2011) state champion Yarn Spinner.

 Some of my favourite poets are Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, John O’Brien and contemporary poets Phillip Rush, Bob Magor and Frank Daniels.

 Now-a-days I like to perform at Bush poets’ breakfasts, campfires, Fund Raising Organisations, Clubs, Parties, Variety Concerts, lunches, Senior Centres, and pretty much at any gathering of like-minded people and The Annual (February) WA Country Music Festival at Boyup Brook, including a Bush

Dave lives in Collie -  you can contact Dave on   e-mail

Peg Vickers
(Books for Sale)

Peg is a lady of mature years who lives in Albany and writes and performs her poetry in a friendly, personal style.  
She describes her background as  - "I grew up on an apple orchard near Mt. Barker, where we helped pick and pack the fruit, milked cows and soon learned if we didn’t want to be landed with extra chores, we had to get as far away from the house as possible, in so doing, I got to know the bush with all its wildflowers and birds. At times we ‘entertained’ neighbours with ‘concerts’ performed on the veranda.  Poetry, drawing, birds and bush flowers were my greatest loves but as time went by I became aware these things would not sustain me and I had to go out and get a job. As becoming a brain surgeon was out of the question, I picked apples, worked in hospitals, colleges, cafes, shops and guest houses, cooking, cleaning and being a general dogsbody."      It is is from these life experiences that Peg creates her poems, mostly humorous with a rural setting.
Phone 9841 2129

Non Performing Poets: 
The members listed here are writers only. They do not perform their work but have their poetic products available for sale.

Val Read - Val is a very prolific Bush Poet and has published a number of books. Many of her poems have won accolades in major competitions across Australia. Many have also appeared in anthologies of contemporary rhyming verse.  Her most recent publication, "Whistling Foxes" has received high acclaim.  Val's highest achievement was winning Australia's 2008 major award for written "Bush Poetry",  the " Bronze Swagman "
phone Val on  9339 8349

Terry Piggott -    Terry, although only having been on the Bush Poetry scene for a short time has rapidly found himself to be one of the most award winning poets across the nation,  scarcely a written competition goes past without Terry's name being among the winners.  Terry's poems are largely reflections on the more serious sides of life and are written with great sensitivity.
in 2012, Terry published his first book, "Around the Campfire" which is around 60 pages with full colour photos . -  in 2013 at Tamworth, Terry's book won the very prestigious Bush Laureate Award for a book of poetry

 You can email Terry at

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The Poet

submitted information 

Peter Capp

"Yarnspinner Extraordinaire", Peter was born in Cooma in the Snowy Mountains in the 1950s.     His larrikin style has him in high demand, both as a performing poet and story teller wherever he happens to be. 

 Cappy has now moved to the Sunrise side of Australia, but you'll likely find him if you happen to be in Tamworth for the Country Music Festival in January or you may  come across him at any place where there's a festival involving the telling of tall stories


Peter Harries

Describing himself as "an entertainment host, poet, musician and raconteur", Peter is a well known Perth celebrity, having spent many years in the TV and entertainment industries (among others) - He is available as a guest speaker, he also operates a specialty small vehicle charter fleet.  Having at times been everything from a message-boy to a writer of children's books. In his mature years, he went to University, where, after many years of academia, in 2006  he received his  Doctorate of Philosophy which now entitles him to call himself  Dr Doodah, the Ace of Klubs, promoting his philosophy of Love, Laughter and Longevity 

Kerry Lee

Kerry writes and promotes Bush Poetry in the community and schools.  She and her husband Rod also have a property "Diggers Camp" on the outskirts of Perth where visitors can come and be entertained in a "Dinkum Aussie" setting.  Kerry was the Australian Ladies Bush Poetry Champion in 2003 and runner up in 2004. She was also WA Champion in 2004.  The family is also very involved in promoting  poetry in their community as well as in country areas.  Kerry's poetry is very varied, original and ranges from the whimsical to sentimental and thought provoking.

Rod Lee

Rod works with Kerry on their property "Diggers Camp".    Like Kerry, he too writes his own poetry which he performs with gusto and passion. Rod has won a number of awards, the highest being runner up (to Kerry)  WA champion in 2004.  The Lees poetry from their selection "Outside Perth" will enthral any listener.  Rod and Kerry have been involved in the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival,  Marybrook Winery (Margaret River) Festival, Dandaragan festival and the Royal Show.  From time to time Rod and Kerry host "poetic" and wildflower minibus tours within country Western Australia 

Wayne Pantall

“Broomehill-Billy” Wayne, ‘urban drifted’ from bush, to big smoke, half a life ago, discovering the trowel, and a mortar board of interests, challenges, and experiences along the track. Bonded with mortar, these are the foundation of his regular ‘ABC Great Southern’ breakfast radio spot, where his poems go to air and are posted on “Wayne Pantall’s Poems” 
“Easter Eggcess” received a “Very High Commendation” in top company at Beaudesert, Qld in 2004.
All topics are fair game, and he writes with layers of interpretation, from specific to broad philosophical, for wide appeal. He performs a balance of his own, and other Australian poems, much of it humorous. Home is now Victoria Park.


And a few current poets whose work is largely unknown,
some of these may not consider their work to be 'bush poetry', but they certainly write in that genre.

 Their verses would not be out of place in any gathering of Bush Poets

The Poet

about the poet

Lesley Adams

Lesley lives in Perth and has featured on ABC Radio.  In 2000 she self published her first book "A look on the light side"  a collection of 57 delightful poems with topics which range from ABC radio programs through wildflowers, underwear with alarms, driving on the freeway and several about working at "Charlies" (Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.)



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