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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Details given on booking. Bus access from both the city and Chatswood. Free parking near venue. See also:www.northshorepoetryproject.com
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 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 www.girlsonkey.com;www.stickytickets.com.au
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 https://www.storytellersnsw.org.au/events 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 email@example.com
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 http://www.bankstownpoetryslam.com/events or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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. Seehttps://secure.latest.facebook.com/events/304344846938970/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or see: https://wordinhand.com.au/upcoming.
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 email@example.com
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 https://www.bushmusic.org.au/bmc_word_poetry.shtml 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.