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AVANT GAGA 49: Poetry Night at Sappho

May 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Poetry Night at Sappho returns! After more than a year in hibernation—because plague—the Poetry Night is back for its 49th AVANT GAGA (and 99th poetry night under host Toby Fitch). For this, we have invited 1st- and 2nd-place getters of the last two Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prizes, partly because last year’s iteration of this celebratory event was cancelled during lockdown, and partly because these 4 winners all happen to be NSW residents (of the other winners and shortlistees, many are interstaters or NZers, but it’s a bit tricky at present to get all involved). And so we have Sara M Saleh, Brooke Scobie, Dan Hogan and Lou Garcia-Dolnik, who will all read poems live. An open mic section will follow the guest poets—sign-up for this is on the night from 7pm. 50 people can attend this event under current COVID guidelines. Drinks and tapas can be purchased at the bar.
is the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon, living on Gadigal land. A campaigner, writer, and poet, Sara’s work has been published in English and Arabic, and she co-edited the anthology Arab-Australian-Other. Sara received the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and is developing her debut novel.
is a queer Goorie woman, single mum, emerging writer, and community worker. She was born and bred on Bidjigal country in south west Sydney and now lives on Darkinjung land. Brooke is most passionate about telling stories that centre on identity, love and family using the imagery of country.
is a working class writer and public school teacher from San Remo, NSW (Awabakal Country). They currently live and work on Dharug and Gadigal Country (Sydney). Dan’s poetry and essays have won the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. In their spare time, Dan runs small DIY publisher Subbed In.
is a poet and editor working on unceded Gadigal land. Their writing has been awarded Second Prize in Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize, Third Prize in PRISM International’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, a place in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Writing Studio Program and a Varuna Residential Fellowship in 2021. Their work has been published in, or is forthcoming with, Overland, Un Magazine, Australian Poetry Journal, Liminal, The Emerging Writers’ Festival, Going Down Swinging, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Running Dog, Scum Mag and Voiceworks. A poetry editor for Voiceworks and alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers Intensive, they are a 2020-21 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and Running Dog poetry micro-resident.


May 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sappho Books Bar & Cafe
(02) 9552 4498


Sydney East/Inner


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