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May 2019 | Sydney and regional NSW readings and events

May 1:            Auburn Poets & Writers Group ‘We Might As Well Be From Mars’, in association with SWF. Multilingual group performance with verse, sketch and song, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Auburn Town Hall, 1 Susan St, Auburn, Sydney. Free entry but please register: or see

May 1:            Mosh Pit Open Mic Night. Hosted by Benito or Hiske. Songs, jokes, poems, performance art, etc, from 7pm. Mosh Pit, 642A King Street, Erskineville, Sydney. Free entry. BYO instrument or use house guitar. Open mic slot bookings, enquiries: or see Strictly 18+ patrons.

May 1:            Punch Lines: Poets Play Duchamp. Presented by the Red Room Company and the Art Gallery of NSW. Six poets respond creatively to the artist’s work, 6-7pm, Art After Hours Series at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Entrance Court. Free entry. Hosted by David Astle. For more details see:

May 1:            Poetry Reading & Exhibition Celebration, Hosted By Vertigo Magazine. 4pm-6pm, UTS Library, Level 2, Foyer, Ultimo Road, Haymarket, Sydney. An afternoon of readings from students on the theme of ‘disruption’. See:

May 1:            Words Flow – Spoken Word and Poetry. Open mic sign-up from 6.30pm; 8pm start; 11pm finish. Free entry, bucket donations encouraged. Hosted by Marty Bright (aka Howling Heart). Blue Fig Bar, 112 Enmore Road, Enmore, Sydney. Walk from Newtown station or via King Street/Enmore Road buses. Contact: 0403 558 123 or see or email:

May 3:            Launch. Sweatshop Women, Presented by Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement and Sydney Writers Festival. The first ever collection of essays, stories and poems developed exclusively by women of colour from Western Sydney. 3-4pm. Carriageworks, The Studio, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney. Free, no bookings. See

May 4:            APS (Australian Poetry Slam) Youth – Sydney Final at SWF. Hosted by APS and Word Travels. 6pm-7pm, Riverside Theatres Parramatta (Lennox Theatre), cnr Market, Church Streets. Performers from Casula, Fairfield and Northern Beaches slams. Free; see:

May 4:            BPS x SWF: Women of the Word. Bankstown Poetry Slam and The Sydney Writers Festival presents an all-female line-up of Western Sydney performers, hosted by Sara Mansour. 6.30pm-7.30pm, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney. See BPS or SWF sites or

May 5:            Poetry Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW presents The Brett Whiteley Readings. This month’s guest: American poet Graham Foust. 2pm-3pm, Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Free entry. Access via buses, walk from Central Station, limited parking nearby. For more information see or email  or see, FB event page: Graham Foust

May 7:            The May Poetry Night @Sappho: The Overland Judith Wright Prize Celebration. Toby Fitch hosts a celebration of Prize short-listees and winners, 7pm-10pm, Sappho Books Café & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Pt Road, Glebe, Sydney. Parking in nearby streets and Broadway Shopping Centre; buses from Central Station. Free entry. See:

May 7.            Youth Spoken Word Poetry Workshops. Tuesdays fortnightly, 3.30pm, hosted by SydWest Mt Druitt Office. Recurring event (until December 2019) will offer workshops on poetry, public speaking, presentation and English language skills. See or call Youth Transition Support Team 9621 6633 (Blacktowmn) or 9625 0455 (Mt Druitt).

May 10:          Cuplet #10, Hosted by Cuplet Poetry Night and the Beaumont Hamilton. Readings by Laurie Duggan, Ivy Ireland, Mark Mordue and Michele Seminara, with host Claire Albrecht. 7pm-9.30pm, 70 Beaumont St, Newcastle, NSW. See for more details.

May 10:          Launch.  The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr, in conversation with Alison Whittaker, with a performance by music ensemble Dandana. 7pm-9pm, Arab Theatre Studio, Granville Town Hall, 10 Carlton St, Granville, Sydney. Free entry but bookings essential via:

May 10:          LitSoc Workshop: The Art of Spoken Word Poetry, Hosted by UOW Literary Society and Enough Said Poetry Slam. 2.30pm-4.30pm. Introduction to slam poetry with Slam veteran Elliot York Cameron of Enough Said. Free; for more details, email or see or

May 11:          The Bush Music Club Monthly Open Mic. 2pm-4pm, Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney. $5 or gold coin donation; focus on bush poetry, read your own work or share a poem. See or contact Karen (02) 9716 9660.

May 11:          Launch. Anna Kerdijk Nicholson will launch Phyllis Perlstone’s The Bruise of Knowing, 3pm for 3.30pm-5pm, at Ben Ledi House, Glebe Library,186 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney. For more details, email: or see for book orders.

May 12:          Launch. Keri Glastonbury will launch joanne burns’ latest book apparently from Giramondo. 3.30pm for 4pm, upstairs Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney. Free entry. Rsvp/book orders: phone (02) 9660 2333 or email or see

May 15:          Poetica: A Night for Wordsmithing, Featuring Emma Rose. With open mic (3 minutes; original poetry). 1-3 Warners Ave, North Bondi, Sydney. 6.30pm-10pm. Sign-up at door. For prices and information on ticketing:

May 16:          Poets at the Petersham Bowl. Open mic soirée: poems, short stories, comedy, acoustic music. From 6.15pm-8.45pm. Free entry, sign-up on the night. Upstairs, Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham. 5 mins walk from Petersham station; parking in nearby streets. Details: Mark 041 005 4756/ Barry 043 2971710 or

May 18:          Launches. Todd Turner will launch David Musgrave’s Numb & Number; Alex Skovron will launch Andy Kissane’s The Tomb of the Unknown Artist, both published by Puncher & Wattmann. 3pm for 3.30pm-5pm, Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, 1st Floor, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. For more details and book  sales, see:

May 21:          Narellan Poetry Slam feat. Eunice Andrada, with Open Slam. Harry Hartog Bookseller, 326 Camden Valley Way, Shop T201- 202, Narellan, NSW. 6.30pm-9pm (slam 7pm). 3 minute limit, original work, no props, costumes; can include singing & acapella but no background music. Judges selected randomly on night. Tickets:

May 22:          Live Poets at Don Bank. Special Guest: Ali Whitelock, with the Monologue Challenge and Travel Issue: Tracks, plus Open Section. Don Bank Museum, 6 Napier St, North Sydney. Doors Open: 7.30 pm. $10 entry includes supper and drinks. Further info/bookings: (02) 9896 6956 Mobile: 0422 263 373 or via

May 25:          Gugubarra presents ‘The Blue Note’ with Guest Poets Judith Beveridge and Stephen Edgar. Readings and Music, from 2.30pm, Rudolph Steiner House, 307 Sussex St, Sydney CBD (5 mins walk from Town Hall). $5 entry. Details, contact Maureen: phone 9484 3392 or email

May 25:          PoetryAlive@Stanley Street Gallery. Poetry Reading with Special Guests Benjamin Dodds and Nicola Bowery, with poet-performer-MC Harry Laing doing a spot of satire. 5pm-6.15pm, 52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Entry $15 includes refreshments (concessions available). For more details, phone the gallery 93681142 or

May 26:          A Brush with Poetry. Reading and Open Mic Hosted by the Binalong Arts Group. 1.30 for 2pm, Café on Queen, 15 Queen St, Binalong, NSW. Enjoy coffee, cake and conversation, with contemporary and traditional voices. Free entry. For more details, phone 0401 289 178 or see

May 30:          Poets Corner Reading and Discussion, Hosted by David Ades. Guest Poet Richard James Allen will discuss his work around the theme of ‘Poetry As Afterlife’. 7pm, WestWords Centre For Writing, 91b Grose St, North Parramatta, Sydney. Free entry. For details and registration (bookings essential), see:

May 26:          Girls on Key presents Shari Kocher at Society City. Poetry Reading and Open Mic, Hosted by Linda Godfrey. 4pm-6.30pm, 274-278 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW. Open mic slots (5 minutes) available. Entry $8/$10, pay cash at door. All ages. Wine available by donation. For more details, see:

May 27:          Flip the Script: Open Mic Showcase for Under 26’s, Hosted by Bankstown Poetry Slam. 6.30pm-8pm, Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, Sydney. No judges, flexible time limits, safe space. For this event and BPS’s free writing feedback service, see: or

May 27:          Unspoken Words Poetry Book Club. Hosted by Unspoken Words & Better Read Than Dead Bookshop. 6.30pm-7.30pm, upstairs at bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Elevator access. Selected book: Flood Damages by Eunice Andrada. Free but register through ticketing link. Drinks, nibbles; members receive 10% off book club titles. Transport: King Street buses; walk from train station. Contact: Zachary Moore-Boyle or Emma Rose


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