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March 20:         North Shore Poetry Project Poetry Dinner. Dinner and reading. $36 a head with $5 to NGO Westwords. 7pm-10pm, The Incinerator Restaurant, 2 Small St, Willoughby, Sydney. Contact Philip Porter on Details given on booking. Bus access from both the city and Chatswood. Free parking near venue. See
March 20:         Sydney Poetry Lounge. Guest Readers are Scottish poet Magi Gibson, author of Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks, and Ian Macpherson, comedian and author of The Autobiography of Ireland’s Greatest Living Genius Fiachra McFiach. From 6.30pm, The Friend In Hand Hotel, Glebe, NSW. Open mic; entry: $10/$5 at the door. For more information, see:  
March 21:      Poets at the Petersham Bowlo. Open mic soirée: poems, short stories, comedy, acoustic music. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Free entry, sign-up on the night. Upstairs, Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham. 5 mins walk from Petersham station. Parking in surrounding streets. Contact Mark Marusic 041 005 4756 or Barry Sargent 043 297 1710.
March 21:      The Celtic Word: Contemporary Scottish & Irish Poetry and Prose Readings by Ali Whitelock, Anne Casey, Magi Gibson and Ian Macpherson, at Kinokuniya Bookshop, Level 2, 500 George Street, Sydney. 6pm for 6.30pm. See
March 21:      World Poetry Day, Presented By Hornsby Library. Hawkesbury River Writers and other poets will read their work, plus an open mic. 6.30pm-8.30pm, Hornsby Library, 28-44 George Street, Hornsby, Sydney. Entry: $5. Enquiries: phone 9847 6614 or email More information:
March 24:      Girls to the Front – Poetry Film Night (Newcastle Fringe). Presented  by Girls On Key, hosted by Magdalena Bell, with readings by Lou Steer, Daiane Moret, Emma Burrows, Melanie Ree. The Royal Exchange, 34 Bolton Street, Newcastle, NSW. 2.45pm-4pm. Entry: $10-$12, children under 10 free. Limited door sales. Venue has some stairs. See;
March 24:     World Storytelling Day Hosted by Storytellers NSW. 10am-1pm, Botanical Garden, Sydney CBD. Celebrate this year’s World Storytelling Day theme “Myths, Legends, and Epics”. Free event, bring your own picnic. Suitable for all ages. See or phone Jo Henwood 0408 875137.
March 25:     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. This month’s selected book: a trillion tiny awakenings by Candy Royalle (UWAP). Free but register through ticketing link. Transport: King Street buses; walk from train station. Contact: Zachary Moore-Boyle or Emma Rose
March 26:      Bankstown Poetry Slam. 6.45pm-9.15pm, Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, Sydney. Entry $5 at door. Sign-up at 6.30pm, random reading order, 3 minutes, no props or music, original work only. No age restrictions. For more information on this and regular youth-open-mic event Flip The Script, see or email
March 27:       Live Poets at Don Bank. Special Guest Mary Manlan reads translations of 17th century Chinese poems; Geoff Yule Smith and Jade Yee-Smith perform songs and poetry; a tribute to US poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Open Section. 7.30pm-10.30pm approx. $10 entry includes supper and drinks. Don Bank Cottage, 6 Napier St, North Sydney (walk from station; Pacific Highway buses; some free parking after 6pm nearby). Contact: Danny Gardner 0422 263 373 or (02) 9896 6956 or
March 27:     Reading. Word Salad and South Coast Writers Centre presents visiting Scottish poet Magi Gibson. 6.30pm-8pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café, 151 Crown St Wollongong (in mall; see Entry: $10/$5 at the door. Food and coffee available from the cafe. For more information:
March 30:      Launch. Performer, poet and musician Tug Dumbly will launch his first book of poems, Son of Songs (Flying Island Books). Guests include William Zappa, Mike Ladd, John Maddox and Benito Di Fonzo. 2.30pm – 6pm, Friend in Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe, Sydney. Buses, parking nearby, no lift. See
March 31:      A Brush With Poetry Open Mic Event, Hosted By The Binalong Arts Group. From 2pm, Café On Queen (formerly Binalong Tea Rooms), 15 Queen St, Binalong, NSW. Free entry. For more details, email Robyn at or see
March 31:      Launch. Alison Lyssa will launch Sculpting a landscape (Feakle Press), the 12th collection of poetry from Colleen Z Burke. 2.30pm for 3 pm start, Gaelic Club, 1st floor, 64 Devonshire St., Surry Hills, Sydney, behind Central Station. Drinks available at the bar. Lift is accessed via a couple of small steps. Enquiries: (02) 95573248.
April 2:           Word In Hand Poetry Night at the Red Rattler. Performance & open mic (5 min slots). Sign-up at door from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Entry: $10/$15/ $20. Location: 6 Faversham St Marrickville. Access from Sydenham train station or buses along Victoria or Sydenham roads. Parking available at the venue. Venue has a wide entry, relatively flat floor and functioning accessible bathroom; we’re more than happy to accommodate additional access requests. Contact: or see:
April 3:           Words Flow – Spoken Word and Poetry. Open mic sign-up from 6.30pm for 7pm start; 10.30pm 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
April 6:           Bush Poets Lunch, Hosted By The Hunter Bush Poets. Readings and a meal; all welcome to perform. Hosted by Peter Mace and Greg North. 11.30-1pm, Newcastle Diggers Club, 175 Scott St, Newcastle, NSW. $30 entry includes meal. See
April 6:           Launch.  Ray Kelly will launch Chilean poet Juan Garrido Salgado’s Cuando Fui Clandestino (When I was Clandestine) at the Newcastle Writers Festival. 5.30pm, Press Book House, 462 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW. See or
April 6:           Home Grown Readings. Newcastle poets Kerri Shying, Claire Albrecht and more discuss and read from recent publications. Hosted by Puncher & Wattmann. 4pm-5pm, Press Book House, 462 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW. Free event. See
April 6:           Launch.  Barbara Kathner will launch the Paperbark Anthology which celebrates the 10th year of the Eastlakes U3A. 11am-12noon, Press House, 462 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW. Free event. See
April 6:           Newcastle Sonnets Performance. Keri Glastonbury reads poems from her collection, accompanied by musician Jaqueline Amidy. 7pm-8pm, The Playhouse, Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW. Tickets $15. See
April 7:           Launch.  The Interstate Women’s Poetry Series, Presented By Girls On Key Press. Hosted by Magdalena Ball and Anna Foryth, with Sarah Crane, Dominique Hecq and more. 11.30am-12.45pm, The Marquee, Wheeler Place, Newcastle, NSW. Free event. See.
April 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 your own work or share a poem. See or contact Karen (02) 9716 9660.
April 28: Poetry Sydney Presents Shakespeare’s 455th Birthday Celebration. 3pm-6pm, Shakespeare Hotel, 200 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. 
MARCH (ongoing):              The Big Issue Magazine: Streetsheet Poetry. Poems up to 150 words from anyone who has experienced homelessness, marginalisation or disadvantage. Details: or email
MARCH (ongoing):              The Bush Retreats for Eco-Writers (BREW) 10-Day Residencies. Free for writers, poets, students and artists who explore ecological themes. Applications open for five sites located on ecologically significant private properties around Australia. Details:
MARCH 15 (opening):         The Canberra TimesPoems up to 24 lines for the Times’ Panorama section, with a special call-out to Indigenous Poets. Submissions close March 31. See:       
MARCH 22 (closing):           F*EMS (Females For Making Equality Stuff) Zine: Submit writing and visual art by female-aligned and non-binary people for Issue 13. See
MARCH 31: (closing):        Eucalypt: a tanka journal Issue 26. Submit up to 6 tanka, original, unpublished. See
MARCH 31 (closing):           Girls On Key Newsletter. Submit up to 3 poems, no more than 50 lines each, for consideration in upcoming newsletters. See for guidelines or email
MARCH 31 (closing):          Mascara Journal: Issue 23: Class FetishSend 3-5 previously unpublished poems and a short bio in a single attachment, to Details:
MARCH 31 (closing):          The Best Australian Science Writing (9th Edition): Up to 3 previously published poems, Australian residents/citizens only. Enquiries and or see
MARCH 31 (closing):           Verity La Magazine. Submit up to three poems, original work. No official word limits but see or or email
MARCH 31 (closing):           Westerly Journal. Submit up to five poems, each 50 lines maximum, online or by post for Issue 64.1 (July 2019). For style guide and conditions, see
APRIL 12 (closing):             RABBIT Journal. Submissions of nonfiction poetry, up to three poems, for Issue 28: The POLITICS Issueto be guest co-edited by Alan Wearne and Ella O’Keefe. See:
APRIL 27 (closing):              ZineWest 2019 Writing Awards. Send up to 3 poems. Prizes, publication. Presented by the NEW Writers’ Group Inc. (NWG Inc.) and The Writing and Society Research Centre, WSU (Western Sydney University). For more details, see
MAY 1 (closing):                   Other Terrain Journal and Backstory Journal (Swinburne University, Melbourne). The theme for the next issue of both journals is: ‘#WeToo: Rewriting the narratives of the patriarchy’. For more information, see and
MAY 5 (closing):                   Cordite Journal Issue 91: NO THEME VIII, with poetry guest-edited by Nathan Curnow. Online submissions close at 11.59pm today. Submit up to 3 poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete) or works of micro-fiction (500 words maximum). See
MAY 20 (closing):                 The Heroines Anthology 2019 (The Neo Perennial Press): Up to three poems from writers who are, or who strongly identify as, women. Previously published work accepted. Details and submission form at:
MAY 31 (closing):                 Growing Up Disabled Anthology (Black Inc. Books): Call for submissions from all writers in Australia who identify as disabled, deaf or chronically ill (under the social model of disability). Edited by blogger/author/activist Carly Findlay. Poems up to 70 lines accepted if based on lived experience. See