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Keith (Cobber)


Cobber began his bush poetry journey at primary school, and continued writing during his first employment from 1963 in the East Kimberley.  Since then, his poems include snapshots of characters and situations in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Ashburton, Murchison, Central Desert and South-West parts of WA, with a sprinkling of poems based in other States and Territories of Australia.  His poems include those to make you laugh, to cry, or to think.


Cobber generally includes a little bush music with his presentations, such as mouth-organ, bones or guitar.  Many of his poems have been made into songs by country music artists, and some of those songs have gone on to win State and National competitions.


As a bush poet and yarn-spinner, Cobber has won various State and National titles, both written and in live performance.  He certainly enjoys his craft, and it shows!


  1. Australian Champion bush poet.

  2. WA Champion Bush Poet 4 times.

  3. WA Yarn-spinner Champion twice.

  4. Bronze Swagman written competition.

  5. Waltzing Matilda Bush Poetry award.

  6. Bobby Miller Memorial Larrikin award.

  7. Derby (WA) Bush Poets’ Competition.

  8. Australian Bush Laureate award.

  9. The Golden Damper award (2).

  10. Frank Daniels Memorial award.

  11. The Jean O’Connell Memorial award.


Based in Armadale WA
Willing to negotiate on travel.

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