Sepember 2019 | Sydney and regional NSW readings and events

September 3:             September Sappho Open Stage Night. Minimum eight 10-minute slots available for performers of poetry, music, comedy and acting scenes. 7pm-9pm, Sappho Books & Café Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe, Sydney. 6.30pm sign-up, free entry. See for more details.

September 4:             Indigenous Literacy Day: The Great Book Swap. Register via the website to join one of four Indigenous ‘Houses’ to hold your own fundraising book-swap event. Also see the site to attend an event in your area or to make a donation:

September 4:             MoshPit Open Mic Night. Hosted by Side Projects and Mosh Pit. Songs, jokes, poems, performance, etc. 7.30pm-11.30pm; sign-up 7pm. MoshPit, 642A King Street, Erskineville, Sydney. Free entry. BYO instrument or use house guitar. See for more details or email 18+ patrons only.

September 4:             Words Flow – Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic. Sign-up from 7pm for 8pm start, 10pm finish. Free entry, bucket donations encouraged. Hosted by Marty Bright (aka Howling Heart). Blue Fig Bar, 112 Enmore Road, Enmore, Sydney. For more details: or email

September 5:             Word Hurl Anti Slam is GROCERIES. “No rules” open mic, spoken word and poetry night hosted by Word Hurl Anti Slam. 6.30pm-9.30pm, Bank Corner Espresso and Bar, 2 Bellevue St, Newcastle, NSW. Free entry, sign-up 6.30pm for 7pm start. For more details see

September 6:             Launch. Peter Boyle launches Stuart Cooke’s Lyre, with Readings by the author and Meredith Wattison, Astrid Lorange and Michael Aiken. 6pm-8pm, The Garden Lounge Creative Space, 481 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Entry by donation; non-alcoholic refreshments available to buy or BYO. Access from street via two steps. Limited space, bookings recommended. See:

September 7:             GugubarraA Costume Change Poetry, Performance, Art and Music. From 2.30pm, Rudolf Steiner House, 307 Sussex St, Sydney (5 mins from Town Hall). With singer Miguel Cabezas, artist Peter Cameron, performers Jonathan Drew and Neil Anderson, limited open section and prize for most imaginative costume. Entry: $5; stairs/no lift. RSVP recommended, and any access enquiries, to:

September 7:             WestWords Flash Poetry Workshop and Performance Opportunity With Slam Poet Dante Florez. 1.30pm-2.30pm, Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, Victoria Rd, Parramatta, Sydney. Part of International Literacy Day. Free but register via

September 7 & 8:      Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup. From 10am, Nimbin School of Arts, 49 Cullen St, Nimbin, NSW. All-day heats held Saturday September 7; semi-finals Sunday September 8 from noon, finals Sunday night. Poets have 8 minutes to perform original works. Tickets, etc, see:

September 10:           Avant Gaga #47: Poetry at Sappho. Toby Fitch hosts guest poets Angela Gardner, Jake Goetz, Rico Craig and Duy Quang Mai, with open mic up to 10 readers, 2 mins each. 7pm-10pm, sign-up 6.45pm, Sappho Books Café & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Pt Road, Glebe, Sydney. Free entry, nearby street parking, Broadway Shopping Centre; buses from Central Station. Free entry.

September 10:           Youth Spoken Word Poetry Workshops. 3.30pm-5pm, hosted by SydWest. Recurring workshops on poetry, public speaking, English skills. For more details: or call Youth Transition Support Team 96216633 (Blacktown); 96250455 (Mt Druitt). Upcoming 2019 dates: September 17 and 24.

September 11:           Poetica feat. Anna Forsyth + Sam Joole. 7pm-10pm, Bondi Bowling Club, 1-3 Warners Ave, North Bondi, Sydney. With Girls on Key founder and poet Anna Forsyth, singer Sam Joole and Open Mic Section: 3 minutes, original poetry. Tickets $15. For more details, see:

September 12:           Cuplet Poetry #14: Aiken, Casey, Jenkins. 7pm-9pm, The Beaumont Hamilton, 70 Beaumont St, Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW. Claire Albrecht hosts poets Michael Aiken, Anne Casey and Gareth Jenkins. Entry: $10 donation. For more details, see:

September 13 (onwards):     Regional NSW Poetry Slam Workshop and Heats. Workshop: Wollongong (September 19). Heats: Albury (September 13) and Wollongong (September 26). For more details on rules and registration, see:

September 14:           Slow Loris Sydney Reading. Readings from the Slow Loris Chapbook series published by Puncher & Wattmann, with poets Kait Fenwick, Kerri Shying, Trisha Pender, Claire Albrecht and editor Chris Brown. 4.30pm-6.30pm, Woodburn Creatives, 1 Woodburn St, Redfern, Sydney.

September 14 (onwards):     Sydney Poetry Slam Heats. Heats: Rockdale (September 14), Green Square (September 19), Surry Hills (October 3). For more details and registration, see:

September 16:           Launch. Poetry At The Pub Newcastle and Sappho – Poetry Forum For Queers Hosts the Sapphic Atlas Book Launch. 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Wickham Park Hotel, 61 Maitland Road, Islington, Newcastle, NSW. Ground level access; 4 min walk Station. Contributor readings from 7.30pm; open mic section if time allows. Free event; for more details see:

September 16:           Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World. Author Tyson Yunkaporta in conversation with poet Evelyn Araluen. 6.30pm-8pm, upstairs, Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Inclinator (elevator) access; buses, trains from Central. See

September 17:           Narellan Poetry Slam Heat – Australian Poetry Slam feat. Isabella Luna. Harry Hartog Bookseller, 326 Camden Valley Way, Shop T201- 202, Narellan, NSW. 6.30pm-9pm; slam 7pm. Tickets: $5. Top 3 poets go on to compete at the Western Sydney final October 15. More details see:

September 18:           The Sydney Poetry Lounge. Guest Poets Anne Casey, Michael Aiken and Gareth Jenkins, and Open Mic. Hosted by Sheree Strange. 7pm-10pm; open sign-up from 6.30pm. Upstairs, The Friend in Hand Pub, 58 Cowper St, Glebe, Sydney. Free entry. No lift. Buses, mall/ limited street parking.

September 19:           Poets at the Petersham Bowl Open Mic Soirée. Perform your poems, short stories, comedy, acoustic music. From 6.30pm. Free entry, sign-up on the night. Upstairs, Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney. 5 mins walk from Petersham Station. For details: Mark 041 005 4756 or Barry 043 2971710 or see:

September 25:           Live Poets at Don Bank. With Guest Poet Alistair Spate and Open Mic section with suggested theme ‘News: What Is It For?’. Don Bank Museum, 6 Napier St, North Sydney. Doors open 7.30pm-10.30pm. $10 entry includes supper and drinks. Access via North Sydney station, Pacific Highway buses, street parking. For more details see: or call (02) 9896 6956 or 0422 263 373 or;

September 25:           Poets In Residence Group. Share your poetry and discuss your writing. 6pm-7.30pm. Hosted by Lane Cove Council, Sydney. Free but confirm meeting location. Upcoming dates: Oct 30, Nov 27, Dec 18. Enquiries phone 9911 3644 or see:

September 26:           Enough Said’s Australian Poetry Slam Heat feat. Desireé (USA). Hosted by Enough Said and Society City. 6pm-9.30pm, 274-278 Crown St, Wollongong, NSW. Entry: $5/$10. Open mic sign-up: 6.30pm. Twenty slots, original work, 2 minute limit, no props or costumes, prizes. All ages venue, BYO food, drinks available nearby. See:

September 26:           Poets Corner Reading and Discussion Hosted by David Adès. Guest Poet David Malouf will read and talk to the theme ‘The Moment of a Poem’. 7pm-9pm, WestWords Centre For Writing, 91b Grose St, North Parramatta, Sydney. Doors open: 6.30pm; free, optional bookings. See Bookings:;

September 29:           Girls on Key Poetry Reading feat. Jacqui Malins & Carol Jenkins. 6.30pm-9pm, Mama Rosy’s, 496 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Tickets: $8-$10, pay at event. Access via Newtown Station, King St buses. Limited open mic slots, (5 mins each). For more information see:

September 30:           Workshop: Hello Holidays: Poetry Workshop With Pola Fanous. 11am-3pm, Marrickville Library and Pavilion, 313 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, Sydney. Free workshop with the Western Sydney spoken word poet, suitable for ages 13-18. See:


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