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pie in the sky poets: EAT . LIVE . FLY

Poets and poetry in the heart of Sydney, on the city beat

Poetry Sydney partners with Since I Left You (SILY) to present poetry evenings featuring three poets on the third Tuesday of every third month, at a Sydney heritage venue located between three historical storehouses in the CBD.  

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.

pie in the sky poets: EAT . LIVE . FLY is a quarterly poetry event held on the third Tuesday of every third month.  The reading is host to three feature poets and an open-mic.

The series provides a spotlight on Australian heritage and literary culture, each event features three poets, who nominate an Australian poet of their choice and read/perform a selection of their poems.  All poets that read/perform can submit to be included in the second annual pie in the sky poets Aural Anthology for 2022.
To register for the opening reading, you will need to confirm a ticket, then email: mail@poetrysydney.org
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. *
The reading event is a continuation from a series of six events held in association with the York Clarence Kent Laneways (YCKL) Block activation project under the direction of the precinct President and Manager of SILY.

Tuesday 20 December 2022: pie in the sky poets | EAT . LIVE . FLY

Cathy Bray

Just before Cathy Bray’s 2014 show LATITUDE PLATITUDE, Toby Fitch introduced her at his AVANT GAGA poetry reading at Sappho’s Bookshop in Glebe, as ‘the poet and satirist Cathy Bray’. Bray went on to win the POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD award at the Sydney Fringe that year and has become a serial offender, writing and performing in 6 Fringe shows : in 2010 MAD WOMAN’S BREAKFAST. EAT MY BUSH! at Madam Fling Flong in Newtown; in 2011 POET TREE at The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Chippendale; in 2012 INAPPROPRIATE at Madam Fling Flong; in 2013 NO FIXED ADDRESS at The Hive Bar in Erskineville; in 2014 LATITUDE PLATITUDE at The Record Crate in Glebe and in 2017 CHILDISH in The Terminal at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville.  In 2019 she was scouted to become one of the Fringe’s resident “Judge Judys”, where she reviewed and nominated 15 shows in 11 different venues across the Sydney Fringe. She is a poet and a comedian but not usually at the same time. She has just published NO FIXED ADDRESS – the entire script, slides and poems of her 2013 show. https://www.cathybraythepoet.com/

Daniel Ioniță

Daniel Ioniță, is an Australian poet and translator of Romanian origin. He has had his own work published in both his native Romania as well as Australia and the USA.  Daniel has been published in bilingual anthologies as a principal translator and editor of volumes such as Testament – 400 Years of Romanian Poetry, a comprehensive collection of Romanian poetry in English from its origins until today. This volume won the most important translation award in Romania, for representing Romanian literature into a foreign language, the Antoaneta Ralian Prize awarded by the International Bookfair Gaudeamus-Bucharest 2019. Other such anthologies include The Bessarabia of My Soul, a representation, also in English, of poets from the Republic of Moldova (for which Daniel was awarded the Poetry Prize of the Literature & Art magazine in the Republic of Moldova – 2018), and Return Ticket from Sydney to Bistrita, A Lyrical Carousel between the Antipodes. His latest collection, Pentimento, has recently been published by Interactive Publications earlier this year.  Daniel is the current president of the Australian-Romanian Academy for Culture.

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist, poet, and improv pianist who serves as an editor for Authora Australis. She holds a Masters in English, and is a member of the North Shore Poetry Collective. Her works have been published internationally in both print and online magazines and anthologies including Cordite Poetry Review, Black Bough Poetry, Bracken Magazine, and Eunoia Review. Her artworks have been featured on the covers of several magazines including Amsterdam Quarterly Yearbook, Stonecoast Review, West Trestle Review, and the Lumiere Review. She won the 66th Moon Prize awarded by Writing in a Woman’s Voice Journal, and her work was long listed for the 2022 Dai Fry Award for Mystical Poetry (Wales). She has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize, and six times for the Sundress Best of the Net awards.  She is the author of three digital micro-chapbooks published by Origami Poems Project (US). She is currently working on her debut full-length, which will be published in 2024. She lives and works in Lindfield, on traditional land of the Eora Nation. Website: www.poetry.oormila.com

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Admission: $15 includes a drink of choice

Venue: Since I Left You (SILY)
Venue address: 338 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
Venue website: sinceileftyou.com.au

Please note, venue capacity is limited and bookings are recommended.  The venue is subject to weather conditions. 

pie in the sky poets is an open platform for poets @ SILY on the third Tuesday of the month, every third month.

Save these 2023 dates:
Tuesday  21 March 2023
Tuesday 20 June 2023
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Tuesday 19 December 2023

Please email expressions of interest to mail@poetrysydney.org

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