Narrandera's John O'Brien Festival 2020

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 country 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 2019

Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners of the 2019 John O’Brien Bush Festival competitions:

Bush Poetry Competition

  • Winner – Rhonda Tallnash
    • “The Wrapper”
    • ” Bushfire Man”
  • Runner-up – Mal Beveridge
    • “The Curious Tango”
    • “Date Night”

Jim Angel Award

  • Rhonda Tallnash

John O’Brien Poetry Recital Competition

  • Winner – Caroline Tuohey
    • “The Road to Danaheys”
  • Runner Up – Rhonda Tallnash
    • “Honeymooning from the Country”

Busking Competition

  • Winner – Jessie McDermott
  • Second – Stickie Fingers

Junior Busking Competition

  • Equal Winners – Zoe Achison & Year 6 Chicks

Hip Hop Competition

  • Winner April Walsh & Grace Light

Best Outfit

  • Winner – Studio 3

Open Writing competition

Poetry Section

  • Winner – Tom McIlveen
    • “The Darkest Side of Hell”
  • Runner-up – Jim Kent
    • ‘Singing out for Rain’

Short Story Section

  • Winner – Caemwl Lillis
    • “What They First For”
  • Runner-up – Bill Bean
    • “Maybe It’ll Rain”