November 2019 | Sydney and regional NSW readings and events

November 1:              2019 Sydney Rare Book Fair. From 1pm (November 1) and 4pm (November 2), MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney. Free entry. See or

November 2:              In Conversation With The Editors of Solid Air Australian and New Zealand Spoken WordWith editors David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu and contributing authors Michelle Law, Hani Abdile and Hadley. From 3pm, upstairs, Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Free; inclinator; register via

November 3:              Poetry Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW presents The Brett Whiteley Readings. This month’s award-winning Guest Poet and translator Peter Boyle. 2pm-3pm, Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Free entry. Access: Crown/Cleveland Street buses, walk from Central Station, limited parking nearby. See or

November 5:              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. For more details, see:

November 5:              Screening: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, Hosted by Films For Change. Documentary on the famed artist, writers and poets in 1920s Mexico. 7.15pm, Palace Cinemas, Broadway, Sydney. Tickets: Upcoming NSW films include Zen Buddhist/mindfulness documentary Walk With Me, November 12, 7.30pm, BCC Cinemas, Coffs Harbour.; or see

November 5:              ‘The People’: Beginning Birding, From The Inner Urban to the Wilderness. Discussion by poet and author Lorne Johnson on birdwatching for urban residents and novices. First in a series of talks by local writers and experts. 6pm-9pm, The Garden Lounge Creative Space, 481 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Free, register for a seat, donation appreciated. See:

November 5:              Youth Spoken Word Poetry Workshops. 3.30pm-5pm, hosted by SydWest. Recurring workshops on poetry, public speaking, English skills. For more details:; or Youth Transition Support Team 9621 6633 (Blacktown); 96250455 (Mt Druitt). Upcoming dates: November 12 and 19.

November 6:              Creative Wellbeing Workshops: Poetry. Free one hour workshop to develop effective writing skills and your own stories. Maximum 15 participants. 11am-12 noon, Wyongah Progress Hall, 159a Tuggerawong Road, Wyongah, NSW. Recommended to reserve a place soon. For this and other Wellbeing Workshops (on meditation, movement, circus, etc) see:

November 6:              Reading: Peter Bakwoski at Nowra Library. The Australian international writer-in-residence (Rome, Paris, Suzhou/China) will read from his latest collection Wardrobe of Selves (published by Recent Work Press). 10am-12.30pm, 10 Berry Street, Nowra, NSW. Free but register for a seat via: Hosted by Shoalhaven Libraries.

November 6:              Poetica feat. Olantundji Akpo-Sani (USA) and Timbre Flaws Community Choir. With open mic (3 minutes; original poetry). Bondi Bowling Club, 1-3 Warners Ave, North Bondi, Sydney. 7pm-10.30pm. Sign-up at door. For tickets ($15), and more details on this and Poetica’s November 13 Joni Mitchell Tribute (7pm-10pm, $25), see:

November 7:              In Conversation: The Shelf Life Of Zora CrossAuthor Cathy Perkins will discuss her new biography of the ground-breaking Australian poet Zora Crtoss, author of the provocative 1917 collection of sonnets Songs of Love and Life. 12.30pm-1.30pm, Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library of NSW Macquarie Street, Sydney. Details:

November 7:              Word Hurl Soothes & Disturbs. Word Hurl Anti-Slam hosts an open mic night for poetry, song, dance, readings and more. 6.30pm-9pm, Bank Corner Espresso and Bar, 2 Bellevue St, Newcastle, NSW. Sign-up 6.30pm for 7pm start. Free entry. Food, refreshments available to buy. See:

November 8:              Auslan Poetry Workshop and Slam. Develop your own Auslan-inclusive poetry with facilitator and Auslan performative storyteller Todd Wright. Hosted by the City of Sydney. Workshop: 6.30pm-8.30pm, Green Square Library, 355 Botany Rd, Zetland, Sydney. For this and November 22’s Auslan Performance Poets Showcase and Open Hands event, see:

November 8:              Poetica Sunrise Walk And Poetry Tour of Sculpture By The Sea (Bondi/Tamarama Beaches). Poetica hosts a free walk and poetry workshop with Miriam Hechtman. Event includes poetry readings, a chance to write your own poems and a group meditation. 6am-7.30am. Please see for meeting point and details on what to bring. Donations are appreciated. 

November 9:              PoetryAlive@Stanley Street Gallery.  Guest Poets Carol Jenkins and J M Donellan with MC Harry Laing doing a spot of satire. Entry $15 (concession available) includes refreshments. 5pm-6.15pm, 52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Details:

November 9:              Poetry & Song feat. Poet Beth Spencer & Singer Alexi Kayle. Saturday afternoon series of readings and performances. 5pm-8pm, The Garden Lounge Creative Space, 481 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Entry by donation; all ages welcome. Access via street (small step). Nearby buses, trains, limited street parking. Entry by donation. Details and to register for a seat, see:

November 10:            Subbed In Author Panel at the Newtown Festival. Panel discussion with poets Emily Crocker, Alex Gallagher, Jason Gray and more. Hosted by Better Read Than Dead Bookshop and Subbed In. 2pm-3pm, St Stephen’s Church Hall, 189 Church St, Newtown, Sydney. Free but register:

November 12:            November Poetry Night @Sappho. Toby Fitch hosts Guest Poets Melinda Smith, Mario Licon Cabrera, Debbie Lim and Gareth Jenkins, plus open mic section (10 performers, 2 mins each). 7pm-10pm, sign-up 6.45pm, Sappho Books Café & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Pt Road, Glebe, Sydney. Free entry, street/Broadway Centre parking, buses. Upcoming dates: Dec 10, Feb 11.

November 14:            Cuplet #16. Claire Albrecht Hosts Guest Poets Kit Kelen, Chris Mansell, Kerri Shying and Melinda Smith. 7pm-9pm, The Beaumont Hamilton, 70 Beaumont St, Newcastle, NSW. Entry: $10 donation. Food, drinks available to buy. More details see:

November 16:            Celebrating The Beloved. Stories, recitation of the Quran, poetry and other performances. With spoken word by Kamel Saleh. 6pm-10pm, Lebanese Muslim Association Grand Hall, 71-75 Wangee Road, Lakemba, NSW. For more details:

November 16:            The Salon de Femme Artiste. A celebration of women in the arts hosted by Newcastle ArtSpace and University of Newcastle Gallery. Includes contemporary Indigenous dance, poetry from Girls on Key and more. 7.30pm-11.30pm, 91 Chinchen St, Tighes Hill, Newcastle, NSW. Entry: $10. Suggested dress code: French boudoir. For more details:

November 19:            Les Fleurs du Mal: The Social & Political Context of French Symbolism. Classicist/teacher Derek Patulney and sociologist Roger Patulney analyse Baudelaire’s seminal text in the third of six weeks of free public talks at The Garden Lounge Creative Space. 6pm-9pm, 481 King St, Newtown, Sydney. Register for a seat via

November 19:            Narellan Poetry Slam feat. Aishah Ali. Final slam of the year. Harry Hartog Bookseller, 326 Camden Valley Way, Shop T201- 202, Narellan, NSW. 6.30pm-9pm; slam 7pm. Poems or any king of story (raps, rants, etc). Three minute limit, original work, judges randomly selected. For tickets and details of pre-event workshop on November 12 (limited spots), see:

November 20:            The Sydney Poetry Lounge. Guest Poets Peter Bakowski and Mark Mahemoff, and Open Mic Section. 7pm-9.30pm; open sign-up from 6.30pm. Upstairs, The Friend in Hand Pub, 58 Cowper St, Glebe, Sydney. Entry: $10/$5 door. No lift access. Buses from Central, limited street parking nearby and at Broadway Shopping Centre. For more details see:

November 21:            Poets at Petersham Bowlo. Open Mic evening for 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. See: or phone/text Mark 041 005 4756 or Barry 043 2971710. Upcoming dates: Dec 19; Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19, Apr 16.

November 21:            Poets Out Loud: Women’s Voices Featuring Huda Fadelmawla with Open Mic and Slam. Hosted by Poetry Out Loud. 6.30pm-9pm, Bacaro Murwillumbah Page, 1 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah, NSW. Tickets: $5/$10. Open mic 7pm, sign-up from 6pm. For more details, see:

November 22:            UNSW Wind Symphony Concert: Songs, Poems & Dances. Presented by the Music Performance Unit. 7pm-9pm, St John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, High Street, Kensington, NSW. Tickets $10/$15/$20. For programme and ticket sales, see

November 24:            A Brush with Poetry Hosted by Binalong Arts Group. Free open mic event hosted by the Binalong Arts Group. Enjoy coffee, cake and conversation sprinkled with metaphors and sometimes music. 1.30pm for 2pm, Cafe on Queen, 15 Queen St, Binalong, NSW.|a-brush-with-poetry-2|176. Next events: January 26, March 29.

November 24:            Women of Words Project Hosted by Papatuanuku Press. Event to raise awareness and funds for women and children escaping domestic violence. With Guests  Keri Glastonbury, Trisha Pender, Sara Crane and Melanie Ree (aka Caramelsauce). 3pm-6pm, Hudson Street Hum, 7 Hudson St, Newcastle, NSW. Entry: $10. For more details, see:

November 27:            Evening Poetry at The Incinerator Presented by the North Shore Poetry Project. With Guest Poets Adam Aitken and Julie Janson. 6.30pm dinner start, 7.30pm readings, 2 Small St, Willoughby, Sydney. For costs, registration, menu list, pre-payment and contact details:

November 27:            Live Poets at Don Bank. Guest Author Rozanna Lilley will discuss her book Do Oysters Get Bored?. Also: Raghid Nahhas’ tribute to Ghassan Alameddine, the UnDarwin Awards and Open Section. 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, buses, street parking. See or call (02) 9896 6956 or 0422 263 373 or email

November 30/ December 1:              Brave New Word Youth Poetry Festival Hosted by Bankstown Poetry Slam. From 10am (both days), Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, Sydney. For upcoming details of programme, guests, tickets etc, see; email


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