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Sydney Poetry 2013

Poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

This year’s series of Sunday poetry readings takes a slightly different format.

Rather than combining guest poets with an open mic section each month, we’ll be separating the two events. Most months will feature a poet from our curated program. Twice a year – on 28 April and 25 August – there will be special open reading events.

Poets interested in registering for these open readings should contact:
Angela Stretch, coordinator

The program also includes two Sydney Writers Festival events on 19 and 26 May.

Image: Brett Whiteley I have swallowed a monstrous dose of poison (detail) © Wendy Whiteley

Fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm
except Jan, Sep and Dec
Special event 19 May 2013


Duration 2 hours
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Chris Andrews

Sydney-based Andrews was born in Newcastle, NSW in 1962 and grew up in Melbourne. He is the author of two books of poems: Cut lunch (Indigo, 2002) and Lime green chair (Waywiser, 2012). He has translated books of fiction by Latin American authors, including Roberto Bolaño’s By night in Chile (Harvill/New Directions, 2003) and César Aira’s Varamo (New Directions/Giramondo, 2012), and received the Vallé-Inclan Prize for Literary Translation from Spanish (British Society of Authors, 2005). He teaches at the University of Western Sydney.


Sunday 24 February 2013 2pm – 4pm

Corey Wakeling (book launch)

Corey Wakeling lives in Melbourne. He is reviews editor of Rabbit and interviews editor of Cordite and tutors in Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. Corey has published poetry regularly in Australia and abroad. Goad omen, published by Giramondo, is his first full-length collection.

It is launched at this Sydney Poetry event with an official address by Astrid Lorange, a poet, teacher and editor whose books include Eating and speaking, Minor dogs and Pussy pussy pussy what what (Au lait day Au lait day). Astrid recently guest-edited an issue of Cordite and is a regular contributor to Jacket2.


Sunday 24 March 2013 2pm – 4pm

Open reading


Sunday 28 April 2013 2pm – 4pm

Sunday 25 August 2013 2pm – 4pm

Jordie Albiston and David Musgrave for SWF

Numbers are strictly limited for this umbrella Sydney Writers Festival event.
Bookings essential. To book, email

David Musgrave talks to Jordie Albiston about her new book, The book of Ethel. Compact and precise micro-portraits in verse, the poems in this book are about Albiston’s maternal great-grandmother, who was born in 1872 in St Just, Cornwall, and emigrated to Australia at the age of 15.

Jordie Albiston lives in Melbourne and has published six poetry collections. Two of her books – Botany Bay document (retitled Dreaming transportation) and The hanging of Jean Lee – were recently adapted for music-theatre and were included in seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Albiston’s first collection, Nervous arcs (1995), won the Mary Gilmore Award. Her fourth collection, The fall (2003), was shortlisted for Premier’s Prizes in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, while The sonnet according to 'm’ (2009) was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize.

David Musgrave has published five poetry collections, the most recent being Concrete Tuesday (2011) and a novel, Glissando (2010). Publisher at Puncher & Wattmann, which he founded in 2005, he currently lectures in creative writing at the University of Newcastle.


Sunday 19 May 2013 2pm – 4pm

Michael Brennan and Luke Davies for SWF (book launch)

Numbers are strictly limited for this umbrella Sydney Writers Festival event. Bookings essential. To book, email

Dermot Healy will launch the long-awaited reprint edition of Luke Davies’ first book of poems, Four plots for magnets, originally published by Glandular Press in 1982. Pitt Street Press makes this sought-after classic available once more, alongside around 50 previously uncollected poems which didn’t make it into the final book.

David Malouf will launch Michael Brennan’s third collection, Autoethnographic, from Giramondo Publishing. Described in Australian Book Review as 'part Chaucer, part Hunter S Thompson’, the book is a headlong journey into the surrealism of a familiarly strange posthuman future.

Luke Davies is the author of three novels (including Candy and, most recently God of speed) and four volumes of poetry (the latest, Interferon Psalms, won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry). Davies’ poetry collection Totem won the South Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the Age’s Poetry Book of the Year Award and the overall Age Book of the Year Award. In 2004 he was also awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry.

Michael Brennan lives in Tokyo where he teaches in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University. He runs the independent literary publisher Vagabond Press and is the Australian editor of Poetry International Web.


Sunday 26 May 2013 2pm – 4pm

Jen Webb

Jen Webb is the author of a poetry collection Proverbs from Sierra Leone (Five Islands, 2004), a short story collection Ways of getting by (Ginninderra, 2006) and a dozen scholarly books. She edits the scholarly journal Axon: Creative Explorations and the new literary journal Meniscus. Jen has lived in Canberra for 12 years, and is an inaugural member of the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra.


Sunday 23 June 2013 2pm – 4pm

Candy Royalle

Candy Royalle is a performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart-thumping content. She has been published in numerous anthologies and has received a number of awards and nominations including winner of the 2012 World Poetry Cup and the 2012 Austin International Poetry Festival Excellence Award. Her latest collection, Heartbeats, will be published in 2013.


Sunday 28 July 2013 2pm – 4pm

Margaret Bradstock, Colleen Z Burke and Brenda Saunders

Margaret Bradstock has five published collections of poetry, including. The pomelo tree which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Her sixth collection, Barnacle rock, will be published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2013. She is the editor of Antipodes, the first anthology of Aboriginal and white poetic responses to ‘settlement’.

Colleen Z Burke, poet and author, has written numerous books including 11 poetry books. The most recent, launched in February, is Splicing air. She is also coeditor of The turning wave: poems and songs of Irish Australia. For many years Colleen has facilitated creative writing and poetry courses in adult and community education. She received the NSW Writer’s Fellowship to write a memoir, which she is currently working on. Her autobiographical and biographical writings have appeared in various publications including Wee girls: women writing from an Irish perspective (Spinifex Press) and ‘Looking over my shoulder’ (memoir) in Feminisms: within and without (Women’s Studies, Galway University, Ireland).

Brenda Saunders is a Sydney writer and artist of Aboriginal and British descent. She is a member of DiVerse, poets who present their specially written poetry at public art exhibitions in Sydney. Saunders was shortlisted for the David Unaipon Prize in 2011. Her latest collection Bullin bullin is to be launched in 2013, published by Ginninderra Printers.


Sunday 27 October 2013 2pm – 4pm

Ray Liversidge

Ray Liversidge’s latest book is No suspicious circumstances: portraits of poets (dead) published in 2012 by Littlefox Press with illustrations by Kathryn Bowden. His other books are:Obeying the all; The Barrier Range; Triptych poets: issue one; and The divorce papers. His verse novel The Barrier Range was adapted for stage and performed as Seeking fabled waters at the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival. He is the winner of the 2010 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize.


Sunday 24 November 2013 2pm – 4pm