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

Sydney Poetry 2014

Poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Join us on a Sunday for our regular poetry readings. Most months feature a poet from our curated program. At other times there are special open-mic readings.

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

Fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm
except January and December


Duration 2 hours
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Benjamin Dodds

Dodds is a Sydney-based poet who grew up in the Riverina. His work has appeared in Southerly, Cordite, Blue Dog, Famous Reporter and the Sun Herald among many other publications. He has had poems anthologised in Earthly matters: science made marvellous, Antipodes: poetic responses and Stars like sand: Australian speculative poetry. A collector of Mickey Mouse watches and occasional blogger, Dodds will launch his first collection, Regulator, published by Puncher & Wattmann, at this Sydney Poetry event.


Sunday 23 February 2014 2pm – 4pm

Aural anthology 1

The first of our open-mic readings.


Sunday 23 March 2014 2pm – 4pm

Harbour City Poets

Including poets Margaret Bradstock, John Carey, David Musgrave, Louise Wakeling and Les Wiicks, the Harbour City Poets have been working together for more than eight years. Basing their presentations on the premise that it is the poems (rather than the poets) that have something to say, the group bring together multiple voices, sometimes serious, frequently humorous, in their cumulative performances. Longstanding in the Sydney poet scene, the group have appeared at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Live Poets in North Sydney, the Baulkham Hills Artsfest, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and as part of Sydney Poetry at the Brett Whiteley Studio to name a few.

Note: Richard James Allan will now appear on 24 August, rather than 27 April as previously advertised


Sunday 27 April 2014 2pm – 4pm

Transnational: poetry and prose

A special event as part of Sydney Writers Festival.

As much as global capital and its crises and climate change with its disasters operate beyond nation states, writers have long disregarded borders; slipping across them, dislocating from them, oftentimes looking for trouble and the right word in all the un-thought-of places. Enjoy an afternoon of fiction and poetry from a diverse group of poets that’ll ease you out of the everyday, and celebrate the launch of Kyoko Yoshida’s first collection of short fiction Disorientalism. Including Louis Armand, Adam Aitken, Michael Brennan, Bella Li, Nhã Thuyên, Jessica Wilkinson, Kyoko Yoshida and John Mateer (facilitator). Presented by Vagabond Press, this is an official Sydney Writers Festival event. Registrations are essential as numbers are limited.


Sunday 25 May 2014 2pm – 4pm

Nicolette Stasko

A teacher of English and creative writing, Stasko has long been active as a critic, reviewer, editor and researcher. Her first collection of poems, Abundance, won the Anne Elder Award in 1993 and was shortlisted for the National Book and NSW Premier’s Awards. She has since published four collections including the volume of new and selected poems Glass cathedrals. She has also written a novel, The invention of everyday life, and a bestselling non-fiction work, Oyster: from Montparnasse to Greenwell Point. Stasko is currently an honorary associate at the University of Sydney, where she completed her PhD in English.


Sunday 22 June 2014 2pm – 4pm

Andrew Burke

An Australian writer with publications going back to the 1960s, Burke has published primarily as a poet, but has also had small plays on the boards, tiny films on the screen and short stories published over the years. Early in his working life, he pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and creative director, switching to academia as a literature and creative writing lecturer in middle age. He has lectured in Australia and China, and read his poetry to audiences in China, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and throughout Australia. Burke will launch his 12th collection in July through Waelleah Press who published his previous book, Undercover of lightness. Andrew Taylor will provide the launch address.


Sunday 27 July 2014 2pm – 4pm

Richard James Allen

A writer, performer, choreographer and filmmaker, Allen has published seven books as a poet and performance writer and his writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and journals and in major Australian poetry anthologies, including The new Oxford anthology of Australian verse. His award-winning films for his company Physical TV have been shown at over 200 international screen and dance festivals as well as on Australian, Slovenian, American and Chinese television. He has received numerous awards and nominations including two ATOM Awards and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award shortlisting for his most recent book of poetry, Thursday’s fictions, and the Chancellor’s Award for the most outstanding PhD thesis at UTS Sydney. He also conceived and co-edited Performing the unnameable: an anthology of Australian performance texts. Most recently, Allen has been involved with cutting-edge incursions into poetry and new media, in particular finding new spaces for literature on mobile phones and in 3D online immersive worlds.


Sunday 24 August 2014 2pm – 4pm

Omar Musa

A Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Musa is a former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and at TEDxSydney last year at the Sydney Opera House. Part of the international hip-hop group MoneyKat, he has released three hip-hop albums and has self-published two poetry books, The clocks and Parang. His debut novel, Here come the dogs, will be published by Penguin in 2014, and he is currently working on a play, Bonegatherer, to be staged this year.


Sunday 28 September 2014 2pm – 4pm

Aural anthology 2

The second of our open-mic readings. Poets interested in registering should email


Sunday 26 October 2014 2pm – 4pm

Richard Tipping and Chris Mansell

Born in Adelaide, Richard Tipping has authored five books of poems and a book of photographs and published many limited edition books, print folios and sculptural multiples. Tommy Ruff, his latest collection published by Press Press, will be launched in November. It features illustrations of textual objects and a series of visual poems dating from 1968 to 1984, including previously unpublished and new work. Since 1996, Tipping has held solo exhibitions internationally, including in Sydney, Adelaide, London, New York, Cologne and Munich. He has had major sculptures commissioned and installed in several Australian cities, and his photographs, prints and sculptures are in many public collections in Australia, including all state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. He continues to explore the physical qualities of language and making art with words, getting poetry off the page and into the streets.

Chris Mansell is an award-winning poet, author, playwright, editor and publisher of Press Press, who has been a mentor to several Australian poets. Her latest publications are Stung (more), a collection of innovative quad poems which play with language, lexically and syntactically; Aves, a collection of three poems in some way related to birds; and Seven stations, a song-cycle collaboration with composer Andrew Batt-Rawden and published by Hospital Hill Previous titles include Spine lingo: new and selected poems (Kardoorair); Schadenvale Road (Interactive Publications); Letters (Kardoorair); The view from a beach (Press Press, 2010); Love poems (Kardoorair); The fickle brat (text and audio CD, Interactive Digital); Day easy sunlight fine (Penguin) and Mortifications & lies (Kardoorair). She won the Queensland Premier’s Award for Poetry, Amelia Chapbook Award (USA) and Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize, and has been shortlisted for the National Book Council Award and the NSW Premier’s Award.


Sunday 23 November 2014 2pm – 4pm