Brenda Joy is a qualified and experienced educator and a multi award winning Bush Poet in both writing and performance.  She draws on original, classical and contemporary material to present light-hearted, inter-active workshops for adults and for children of all ages.

Brenda Joy is an approved ABPA (Australian Bush Poets Association) judge for both written and performance competitions.
Written Judging engagements include -

2018      ABPA The 'Blackened Billy Award' for Written Bush Verse, Tamworth, NSW
2015     West Australian Championships, Toodyay
2014      ABPA Queensland Championships, Bundaberg Qld.
2015      ABPA Australian Championships, Corryong, Victoria
2015      ABPA Australian Championships, Corryong (Junior Categories)
2016      Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival
2017      Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival
2017      Camooweal Bronze Spur Award
2017      ABPA National Championships, Toodyay, WA

Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland, Brisbane
Charters Towers 'Bush Curlews' Writers' Group
Charters Towers Excelsior Library, Charters Towers
Beaudesert - 'Beaudesert Bards' Writers' Group
Camooweal, Drover's Camp Festival - Bush Poetry and Song Writing Workshops
ABPA West Australian Bush Poetry Championships, Toodyay, W.A.
Ayr Zonta and Service Clubs
Burdekin Men's Shed
Cloncurry, (X3)Queensland Council/Community
Townsville (X2 Written) Bush Poetry Mates

Mount Isa School of the Air (MISOTA) Mini School, Queensland
Camooweal State School - Camooweal, Queensland - Years P - 7
Charters Towers Regional and Youth Network - Charters Towers, Queensland
Dunedoo, (X2) NSW School workshops Years 5 - 8
Cloncurry (X 6) years 4 - 12
Camooweal (X 3) years P - 6


               2018 Townsville Eisteddfod Bush Poetry (7 sections)   
               2017  Townsville Eisteddfod Bush Poetry Sections X3

AS A WRITER    B.A. - Monash University, Melbourne.
                         Grad.Dip.T -    Kedron Park Teacher's College, Brisbane.
                         Cert.Spec.Ed. - Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Brisbane.
Australian Bush Poets Association (current Promotions Officer and Facebook page administrator) and Queensland Fellowship of Australian Writers
I am the host editor of Young Xpressions in the Free XpresSion printed publication.
Background Experience -
Employed by the Queensland Department of Education -nine years as a primary school and special education teacher (working in classrooms and in schools), specializing in teaching children with learning disabilities.
Long term involvement in many writing genres including biographies, short stories
and free verse poetry. 
Poems and songs form part of individual and group collections throughout Australia.  Books of original Children's Poems and Songs published in USA.

Brenda Joy