July 2019 | Sydney and regional NSW readings and events

July 2 – July 19:        MOSAIC Exhibition. Mary Tang curates a multicultural exhibition in five languages of work by multilingual poets at MOSAIC Multicultural Centre in Chatswood.  Free (weekdays), at the Foyer, Willoughby Council, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood, Sydney.  Enquiries 9777 7952 or mosaic@willoughby.nsw.gov.au or see http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/community/arts–culture/visual-arts/foyer-exhibition-space/2019-exhibition-calendar/mosaic-teacher–student-exhibition/

July 2 – July 31:        Muse @ Taronga Presented by Red Room Company. Exhibition of First Nations eco-inspired poets in a showcase of stories, poems and visual art, celebrating NAIDOC’s 2019 theme: Voice. Treaty. Truth. With featured poets Ali Cobby Eckermann and Joel Davison. Free with zoo entry, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, until July 31. See: https://redroomcompany.org/projects/muse-taronga-2019/

July 3:            Girls on Key Monthly Sydney Poetry Reading. 6.30pm-8.30pm, Mama Rosy’s, 496 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Feature poets Jenny Blackford and Hani Abdile, with limited open mic slots available; register before event. Entry $10/$8 concession paid at door (mobile Eftpos available). See https://www.girlsonkey.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/460411358061029/

July 3:             MoshPit Open Mic Night. Hosted by Hiske Music and Mosh Pit. Songs, jokes, poems, performance art, etc. 7.30pm-11pm; sign-up 7pm. MoshPit, 642A King Street, Erskineville, Sydney. Free entry. BYO instrument or use house guitar. See https://www.facebook.com/events/moshpit/moshpit-open-mic-night/2199338773680032/ or email moshpitopenmic@gmail.com. 18+ patrons only.

July 3:             Words Flow – Spoken Word and 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. Walk Newtown station; King St/Enmore Rd buses. Email info@bluefigbar.com.au or see https://www.facebook.com/events/658646181244757/

July 7:             Poetry Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW presents The Brett Whiteley Readings: Aural Anthology – The Annual Open Reading. Poets interested in participating should email mail@poetrysydney.org. 2pm-3pm, Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Free entry. Access via buses, walk Central Station, limited parking nearby. See https://poetrysydney.org/ or https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/poetry-sydney-2019/

July 9:             Poetry Night @Sappho: Toby Fitch hosts guest poets Kelly Norah Drukker, David Stavanger, Ali Jane Smith, Aisyah Shah Idil and Justin Wolfers, plus open mic section. 7pm-10pm, sign-up 6.45pm, Sappho Books Café & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Pt Road, Glebe, Sydney. Free entry, street parking, Broadway Shopping Centre; buses from Central Station. See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/352270972833/

July 9:             Youth Spoken Word Poetry Workshops. 3.30pm-5pm, hosted by SydWest Mt Druitt Office. Recurring event (until December 2019) will offer workshops on poetry, public speaking, presentation and English skills. See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sydwestms/events/?ref=page_internal or call Youth Transition Support Team 96216633 (Blacktown); 96250455 (Mt Druitt).

July 10:          Spoken Vibes: Spoken Word/Poetry Slam At The Louis Hotel. Hosted by Katherine Vavahea. 6pm-8.30pm. The Louis Hotel, 794 Paramatta Road, Lewisham, Sydney. Free entry. Transport: 3 mins walk from Lewisham Station. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/437186650177007/?event_time_id=469326356963036

July 11:           Cuplet #12 Hosted by Cuplet Poetry Night and The Beaumont Hamilton. Hosted by Claire Albrecht. 7pm-9.30pm, 70 Beaumont St, Newcastle, NSW. Guest Poets Kelly Norah Drukker, Martin Dolan, Anne Walsh and Mark Roberts. Tickets $10. See https://www.cupletpoetry.com/events/2019/7/11/cuplet-12 for more details.

July 11:           Poetry Tips & Techniques: Free Workshop with Julie Chevalier. 6pm-8pm, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove, Sydney. A workshop designed to support local writers who wish to enter the Lane Cove Literary Awards 2019. Booking essential for limited places: See www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/library or phone 9911 3634.

July 13:          Launches. Vagabond Press launches Toby Fitch’s Where Only the Sky had Hung Before; a.j. carruthers’ AXIS Book 2, and Jessica L. Wilkinson’s Music Made Visible: A Biography of George Balanchine. From 6pm, Knox Street Bar, 21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale, Sydney. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/knox-street-bar/vagabond-press-book-launch-for-wilkinson-carruthers-fitch/431653654055504/

July 13:           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 own work/share a poem. See https://www.bushmusic.org.au/bmc_word_poetry.shtml;contact Karen (02) 97169660.

July 15:          Poetry At The Pub Newcastle. Guest Poet Morgan Bell launches her new book, and open mic. 7.30pm-10pm, The Wickham Park Hotel, 61 Maitland Rd, Islington, NSW. Ground level access; 4 minute walk from Hamilton Station. Entry: gold coin donation requested. https://www.facebook.com/events/349647685702731/

July 17:          The Sydney Poetry Lounge. Feature poets Joanne Burns, Eileen Chong and Lesley Synge from Brisbane, QLD. 7.30pm-9.30pm; open mic 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, or at Broadway Shopping Centre. For more details, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/410291542902516/

July 17:           West Side Poetry Slam ft. Cassie Ross. Guest Poet and Open Mic, 6.30pm-9.30pm, 91B Grose St, North Parramatta, Sydney. Tickets $5-$10. Pay at event; sign-up 6.30pm, poetry start 7pm. For details re performance and random audience scoring, see https://www.facebook.com/events/2182193735334677/

July 18:           Poets at the Petersham Bowl. Open mic soirée: poems, short stories, comedy, acoustic music. From 6.30pm-9.30pm. Free entry, sign-up on the night. Upstairs, Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney. 5 mins walk from Petersham Station. Details: Mark 041 005 4756/ Barry 043 2971710 or see https://www.facebook.com/events/471682090027755/?event_time_id=471682113361086

July 22:           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. Inclinator (elevator) access. Selected book: The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr. Drinks, nibbles; members receive 10% off book club titles. Free but register via https://www.betterreadevents.com/events/unspoken-words-book-club-5 or contact Zachary Moore-Boyle or Emma Rose at unspokenwords.festival@gmail.com.

July 23:           Narellan Poetry Slam feat. Lorin Elizabeth, 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 $5. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527167550751322/

July 25:           Poets Corner Reading and Discussion Hosted by David Ades. Guest Poet Jennifer Compton will read poems and her work around the theme, On the Edge of Understanding. 7pm, WestWords Centre For Writing, 91b Grose St, North Parramatta, Sydney. Free entry but bookings essential: hajer@westwords.com.auor see: https://www.westwords.com.au/projects/poets-corner/

July 24:           Live Poets at Don Bank
. Special Guest: Dirk Kruithof and his band, with Why Art is Good for the Brain and an Open Section. Don Bank Museum, 6 Napier St, North Sydney. Doors open 7.30 pm. $10 entry includes supper and drinks. Further information/bookings: phone (02) 9896 6956 or 0422 263 373 or email dannylivepoets@yahoo.com.au

July 27:           Reading: Poetry, Politics & Belief. Friends of the late Rae Desmond Jones will read from his final collection, The End of The Line, with Les Wicks also reading from his latest book,Belief. 1.30pm-3.30pm, Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, Sydney. Free but register via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/poetry-politics-belief-poems-by-rae-desmond-jones-les-wicks-tickets-61472371518

July 28:           A Brush with Poetry @Cafe on Queen. Free open mic event hosted by the Binalong Arts Group Inc. Coffee, cake and conversation/readings with contemporary and traditional voices. 1.30 for 2pm, 15 Queen St Binalong (three hours from Sydney, one from Canberra). See: http://www.binalongartsgroup.org.au/a-brush-with-poetry/.

July 28:           Girls On Key Poetry Reading feat. Caitie White. 4pm-7pm, Society City, 274-278 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW. Hosted by Anna Forsyth, with open mic section (5 min limit). $10/$8 concession, cash on door. Event start 4.15pm. Wine available by donation. For more details see https://www.girlsonkey.com or  https://www.facebook.com/events/877007229366338/

July 31:           Poetica: Leonard Cohen Tribute With Open Mic. Bondi Bowling Club, 1 Warners Ave, North Bondi, Sydney. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets: $15.  Please email poeticabondi@gmail.comwith your choice of song or poem. For more details see: https://www.facebook.com/events/2372758519449682/


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