Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival 2019

Since 1994 Narrandera has held an annual Festival in honour of the town’s beloved poet and parish priest, John O’Brien. The John O’Brien Festival celebrates the culture and community of┬ácountry Australia, showcases the works of John O’Brien himself along with other bush poets from across Australia, and sees wonderful additions such as a market day, bush dance, street parade, children’s activities, numerous performances by poets and musicians alike, a busking competition and many other events are included in the program.


Competition Winners of 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

Busking Competition

  • Winner – Susan & Bill Bevan


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’