Yass Show Poets Breakfast

Back: Frank Daniel, Canowindra; Derrick Mason Boorowa (Judge); Ted Webber, Young; Sue Pearce, Tumut; Robyn Sykes, Binalong (Chief Poetry Steward and MC) Seated: Leigh Brown, Yass (Judge) Sally Williams, Canberra; Rob Gorman, Yass.

2014 Yass Show: Back: Frank Daniel, Canowindra; Derrick Mason Boorowa (Judge); Ted Webber, Young; Sue Pearce, Tumut; Robyn Sykes, Binalong (Chief Poetry Steward and MC)
Seated: Leigh Brown, Yass (Judge) Sally Williams, Canberra; Rob Gorman, Yass.2017

Metaphors for breakfast
2017 Yass Show Poets Breakfast
Sunday morning March 26.
Exciting new venue: right in front of the grandstand.
Instead of muesli for breakfast, how about a feast of alliteration, rhyme, simile and metaphor? You can try it on Sunday March 26 at the 154th Yass Show Poets’ Breakfast.

If you like to read, recite, perform or listen to poetry, get yourself to the exciting new stage in front of the grandstand bright and early for a great morning’s entertainment. Then again, 8.30am isn’t too early – it’s a beautiful time of day!

The inclusive, welcoming and non-competitive format gives all poets the chance to share their work and enjoy the camaraderie of kindred spirits.

As an added bonus, there are prizes for juniors who participate. Can you pick the Best Presented Poem by a Junior? Or which young up-and-coming poet should get an Encouragement Award for reading/performing their own work?

The poets will be marshalled by MC and Australian Champion bush poet Robyn Sykes, who will also share some of her award-winning poems with the audience.

Why not grab breakfast on the way? Just follow the smell of the sausages, steak, bacon and eggs…

For more information phone (02) 6227 4377, 0401 289 178.


Daily tickets for adults to the 2017 Yass Show cost $20 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday (no Pass Outs). Children 5-18 years $5. Non-member parking $5 per day.

Memberships (unlimited entry, free parking and show schedule) cost $50 family, $35 double and $25 single.

Starts 8.30am.

See you there!


2016 Poets Breakfast.
A great morning of non-competitive fun. Good roll up of people in the Shearing Pavilion. What a lovely rural setting – complete with sounds of cattle lowing from next door. Very atmospheric. Great poetry.
2015 Poets’ Breakfast
Poetry will be back for the 2015 Yass Show. There’ll be a just-for-fun Poets’ Breakfast on Sunday morning, starting at 8.30 in the Shearing Pavilion. No adult competition, just poetry-lovers gathering to do what they love to do, perform or listen to good poetry. All welcome: performers, readers, listeners. Come and join in the fun! The Junior Written comp will go ahead in a similar format to that of the 2014 Show. For details contact Robyn Sykes (under Contact tab).
Junior Entry Form Yass Show 2015
2014 Report
A mix of junior, adult, performance, contemporary and bush poets gathered for an energetic and exciting morning of poetry. People from Sydney, Canberra, Junee, Canowindra, Tumut and more had joined local poets for the performance poetry competition and the presentation of the written awards.

On a chilly morning, local poets Leigh Brown and Robyn Sykes warmed the audience up with a couple of poems before the competition and awards began. At times the cattle being judged outside contributed their own poetry, which all added to the ambience of the event! The Bowling Club ladies also warmed up the audience with their bacon and egg rolls and tea and coffee.

Sue Pearce from Tumut won a very tightly contested performance section with her original poem ‘Danny Boy’.

A strong contingent from Young made the trip to the Yass Show. Ted Webber took home second prize in the adult section and Jim Lamb put in a strong performance to confirm his rapid rise up the bush poetry ladder. At just 12 years of age, Reid Noyes took the crowd’s breath away with his rendition of ‘The Anzac on the Wall’, by Jim Brown, and pocketed the junior winner’s cash for his trouble.

In the contemporary written section, Colin Campbell from Canberra won both first and second place, with Yass poet Greg Piko filling the next two places, taking out the local poet’s award in the process.

In evidence of the popularity of bush poetry and the dedication of bush poets, the bush poetry written awards will be posted all over Australia, destined for Arthur Green from Queensland, David Campbell from Victoria and Terry Piggott from Western Australia. Luckily Roger Buckman was on hand to receive the local poet’s encouragement award.

The audience enjoyed hearing the work of the budding junior poets awarded in the junior written awards. First was Finbar Gallagher from Sydney, who collected the winner’s cash and certificate for his poem ‘Douglas Bader’s Lost Leg’. Bowning Public School student Mikaela Allen read her second placed poem ‘Sunflowers’ beautifully, while Jason Davis of Wee Jasper Public was on hand to receive his Highly Commended certificate for his poem, ‘The One-eyed Bronc’. Abbey Selwyn and Selina Smith, also of Bowning Public, were third and HC respectively.

Harmonica player-extraordinaire Jeff Brown treated the crowd to a few tunes to round off an exceptional morning of poetry. A big thank you to Jeff for his work ensuring the sound was seamless.

Thank you to all who made it happen, which includes the audience, for there’s no show without an audience. See you next year!