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pie in the sky poets: EAT . LIVE . FLY

Poets and poetry on the second Tuesday of November, December and January 2022, in the heart of Sydney.  Are you coming?

Poetry Sydney partners with Since I Left You (SILY) to present a series of six poetry evenings featuring Sydney and NSW poets on the second Tuesday of the month at a Sydney heritage venue located between three historical storehouses in the CBD.  Please note that these events are subject to the latest Health Regulations.

Meet some of the poets and performers from left top right: Mohsen Soltany Zand; Louise Carter; Ivy Ireland; Vashti Hughes; Tug Dumbly; Ali Whitelock; Alana Hicks; Benito DiFonzo and Lex Marinos. Photographs courtesy of the artists.

The series name, pie in the sky poets is in the spirit of the Flying Pieman, William Francis King, who peddled his pies the streets of Sydney delivering impromptu public orations on the pies he had for sale and the politics of the day in the late nineteenth century. Known as the Flying Pieman he devised all manner of opportunities for public entertainment on the urban inner city pedestrian thoroughfares capturing the imagination of chroniclers and artists at the time in Sydney.[1]

Tuesday 9 November 2021: pie in the sky poets | EAT . LIVE . FLY

Anne Casey is a Sydney-based Irish poet/writer and author of four poetry collections. She has won poetry awards in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia, most recently American Writers Review 2021. She has been nominated for the 2021 iWoman Global Award in the field of Literature and for the Pushcart Prize. A journalist, magazine editor, legal author and media communications director for 30 years, her work ranks in leading national daily newspaper, The Irish Times’ Most Read, and is widely published and anthologised internationally. She has served on numerous editorial advisory boards and is the recipient of an Australian Government Scholarship for her PhD in Creative Writing at UTS.   Official website: anne-casey.com   

Tug Dumbly (MC) is the pen and stage name of Geoff Forrester.  He is a poet, performer, satirist, singer, songwriter and photographer.  He has setup and ran the seminal spoken word night, Bardflys in Sydney.  He has released two spoken word CDs, Junk Culture and Idiom Savant, through ABC.  He has been awarded first prize in spoken word competitions across Australia.  In 2020 he had two poems shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, for which he was also shortlisted in 2019. In 2020 he won the Borranga Poetry Prize, and was runner up in the WB Yeats Poetry Prize. In 2019 he was longlisted (for the second time) for the Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. In 2015 he came second in the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize. His first poetry collection, Son Songs, came out through Flying Islands Books in 2018.

Michelle Hamadache writes short stories and essays. She’s currently working on The Jasmine Alphabet, a collection of erotic ghost stories set in Algeria, Italy and Australia. She’s had work published in SoutherlyMascara, Island and Cordite, Wasafiri (UK) and Antipodes (USA).

Teena McCarthy is a visual artist and poet who works predominantly in painting, photography and performance art.  McCarthy is an Italian/Barkindji woman who is a descendant of The Stolen Generations. Her work documents a broad canvas, ranging through early childhood visions, memories, her family’s and the broader Aboriginal communities, displacement and to a large extent, loss of Culture (‘hidden’ history). While acknowledging the intergenerational pain of post colonialism, McCarthy uses wit and pathos to explore the above issues through a multi-interdisciplinary process of performance, photography and poetry. McCarthy’s poetry is integral to her artworks, an ekphrastic dialogue between the work and poetry, both inform and respond to each other holistically, giving the viewer another layer of thoughtfulness and understanding.

Ticketed: $15 includes a drink of choice  TICKETS LINK HERE
Venue: Since I Left You (SILY)
Venue address: 338 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
Venue website: sinceileftyou.com.au

Registering for the opening reading at the event, you will need to confirm a ticket.  Please note, venue capacity is limited and bookings are recommended.  For more information on COVID-19 Safety Plan please click here.

Tuesday 7 December 2021
Tuesday 11 January 2022
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm -9.30pm

The event is in association with the York Clarence Kent Laneways (YCKL). Ten small bar owners in the precinct area have banded together to put the venues on the inner city cultural map as part of the City of Sydney activation projects.

[1] The Brisbane courier 26.8.1873


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