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Rhymer's '1st Class' Ribbon at the "Ekka"

By Graeme Johnson
Posted Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rhymer’s “Ist Class” Ribbon at the “Ekka”

Report on the Royal Brisbane Show

Bush Poetry Competition Aug 2012

Latest news from “The Rhymer from Ryde”.

Graeme Johnson, “The Rhymer from Ryde” returned to one of his old ‘stomping grounds’ to rack up another Win in the Royal Brisbane Show Bush Poetry Competition that was run in early-August as part of the 137th “Ekka”.

The Winners Circle

Mingled in with the sights, sounds and smells of the “Country meeting the City’ in this annual event, Bush Poetry has been an important part of this ‘True Blue’ Australiana experience for every person who plonks their hard earned cash down to walk through it’s welcoming entry gates.

Still undergoing major changes as part of a 10 year, Multi-Million dollar re-vamp the “Ekka” site was a hive of activity from “Day One” as interested onlookers poured in to peruse the ever changing site.

Luckily for the Bush Poets this meant the opportunity to present the large majority of their verse in the relative comfort of the John Reid Pavillion on the Commonwealth Bank sponsored stage.

"Strutting their stuff!"

Local QLD icon Trisha Anderson has been at the helm of organising said Bush Poetry presentations at the Show for the last couple of decades and consistently brings the ‘cream’ of the Bush Poetry crop to ‘strut their stuff’ at the various venues around the Showground over the 10 days that it is held.

The culmination of their efforts is presented in said Bush Poetry Competition sponsored by the RNA Show Society.

This years Competition saw 3 winners awarded in both the “Original” & “Established” Adult sections of the event. A Junior Competition was also held.

The overall quality of the performances was ‘top-notch’ with a current Australian and State Champion amongst the ‘players’ on the day.

Graeme’s 1st place was garnered in the “Original Section” for his comedy poem “If it’s FREE I want it” from his current 2 CD release “Home Brew”.

It tells the tale of a man obsessed by “Freebies” and his passion for collecting every possible promotional product he can get his hands on, whether its stubby holders, food samples or, in the end, a free Funeral. Hilarious stuff!

Royal Brisbane Show Competition Results 2012


Graeme Johnson

"The Winners"

Barry Ellem

Peter Mace


Peter Mace

Cay Ellem

Kevin Dean


Amy Bradfield

Emily Bradfield

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