Bush Poets Breakfasts

Relax and enjoy a big Bush Brekky before saddling up for a ton of laughs with the Outback Festival’s Poets and Yarn Spinners. Marco Gliori is your host, a former Naked Poet and recipient of the Spirit of Waltzing Matilda Poetry Award, Marco will introduce his good mate Ray Essery ‘The Mullumbimby Bloke’ a loveable retired farmer, would-be Romeo, and hilarious comic poet. The third Entertainer you will enjoy is Neil McArthur, ‘The Ratbag of Rhyme” who endeavours to put a grin on the dial of every Aussie he meets. Three very different characters, one amazing and very funny morning. Enjoy!

The hugely popular Bush Poets Breakfasts will run for 3 mornings:

  • Thursday 21 September
  • Friday 22 September
  • Saturday 23 September

From 7.00am to 8.30am – Breakfast will be served

8.45am approx.  (when the cow bell rings!!) – Bush Poet’s Show starts

At 7.00am, a hearty barbecue breakfast will be prepared by our friendly volunteer team immediately prior to the show. Enjoy some entertaining music over breakfast. Barbeque breakfasts include bacon, eggs, sausages, baked beans, toast and tea/coffee. For catering purposes, it will be helpful if you pre-purchase your Bush Poet’s Breakfast ticket.

Ticket Pricing:

Bush Poet Show only – Buy online Adult $8 pp | Pay at the gate $10 pp; Child $5

Bush Poet Show + Breakfast – Buy online Adult $20pp | Pay at the gate $22pp; Child $15

Venue:  Winton Shire Hall/Courtyard, Vindex Street, Winton


WRITE A POEM, RECITE IT AND WIN A PRIZE! On the final breakfast on the Saturday morning (23 September), audience members are invited to the stage to read or recite their original poem (the only rule is the poem must last no longer than 60 seconds…if it does Ray will GONG you) . It is a light-hearted opportunity for audience and guests to recite and win an Outback Festival Souvenir Pack, so make us laugh! Enter on the morning!  If you would like more information on how you can participate with your very special poem, please email our coordinator.

2017 Bush Poet Line up

Marco Gliori

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A founding member of The Naked Poets Comedy Troupe, Marco’s mischievous sense of humour and contemporary Australian images and stories earned him the Spirit of Waltzing Matilda Award, presented by the late great Slim Dusty on behalf of ABC Radio National Australia.  Also in 2008  the Australian Women’s Weekly voted Marco their modern Banjo.
From his Mr Whippy Classic, to comedy Race Calls, and hilarious community stories about Pole Dancing Stop and Go Sign Operators, to his more poignant poems and true life renditions about true crime and life shattering events, Marco is sure to impress those who love Australian Story Telling, verse and stand-up.
Marco has published 7 books and released numerous spoken word CD’s containing his original Australian Poetry.


Ray Essery

Ray EsseryRay Essery is without doubt one of the most highly regarded performing Bush Poets in Australia today.  Ray is unique and a genuine original.  After arriving on the entertainment scene in the early 90’s Ray has worked hard at enhancing his natural abilities as a story teller by developing an ‘on stage’ persona that represents his life’s journey. This ‘North Coast’ poet can leave his audiences in stitches with hilarious tales that reflect his years as a dairy farmer, Navy man and Sydney pub manager. Likewise he can dig deep into the kitbag of his family memories to deliver heartfelt recollections of his early life, taking his audiences on a nostalgic journey back to a time when life on the North coast was just a little less complicated.


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Neil McArthur

Neil McArthur – Bush Poet. Well more or less. But a writer and performer who uses the vehicle of traditional Aussie Rhyme and Meter to tell yarns about the contemporary life of the true Aussie Ratbags and Larrikins.
The illegitimate son of a depressed Circus Clown and a wayward onelegged Nun, Neil has been on the road for well over twenty years, with his sole mission being to use his collected Aussie yarns to put a grin on the dial of every Aussie he meets.
A regular performer and MC at Australia’s most popular Festivals, this Ratbag Of Rhyme tries his hardest to cause mayhem and halt the PC crusade infiltrating the country at present. Hold onto your Akubra, put your boots up and enjoy some real Aussie humour with Neil McArthur, the Ratbag Of Rhyme.