John O’Brien Bush Festival 2019

15th – 17th March 2019


Competition Winners 2018

Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners of the 2018 John O’Brien Bush Festival competitions

Bush Poetry Competition
Winner – Rhonda Tallnash
Runner-up – Caroline Tuohey

Jim Angel Award – Rhonda Tallnash ‘Retribution Road’

John O’Brien Poetry Recital Competition
Winner – Caroline Tuohey

Open Writing competition

Poetry Section
Winner – Jim Kent ‘Calling to Me’
Runner-up – Jim Kent ‘Calling to Me – The Golden Days’

Short Story Section
Winner – Helen Cunningham ‘Calling to Me’
Runner-up – Margaret-Anne Cameron ‘Sisters’

Busking Competition
Winner – Susan & Bill Bevan



Poet John O’Brien is the namesake of Narrandera’s flagship festival.

Narrandera was home to famed priest¬†Monsignor Patrick Hartigan (1878-1952) who published his poetry under the nom de plume¬†“John O’Brien”.

His best known poems include Said Hanrahan, Tangmalangaloo and Around the Boree Log. Books of his poetry are available at Narrandera’s Visitor Information Centre.

Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many who appreciate the great humanity and humour of “John O’Brien’s” poetry.

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