Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar

We are one of Sydney's favourite general second-hand Bookstores. Walk through to our beautiful courtyard Cafe that transforms into a tapas Bar at night. We are also now home to Da Capo Music Bookshop, the only dedicated second-hand sheet music store in Australia. We buy and sell used books, sheet music and records, host live music and events and are available for venue hire.

For individual opening hours, see: BOOKSHOP HOURS ~ CAFE HOURS ~ BAR HOURS

Max Hex
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Max Hex

Max Hex is a solo musician and poet from Western Sydney. Her Main Deal is bloodied, guitar-based sounds and visceral vocals in a similar vein to PJ Harvey and Scout Niblett.

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Open Stage
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Open Stage

Sappho Books' monthly Open Stage night is back for Septemberat the Sappho Bar! There will be at least eight 10-minute open-performance slots available (though there is often room for more!). We encourage all sorts of performers to take part in our Open Stage nights, from music to comedy, performance poetry to acting scenes. Sign-up for the open section starts at 6:30 on the night, and the event kicks off at 7. Entry is free, and the bar will be open for drinks.

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Robert Clancy RESCHEDULED
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Robert Clancy RESCHEDULED

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, RESCHEDULED TO THE 2ND OF OCTOBER

A life-long musician, Robert has studied the Renaissance and Baroque lute under notable musicians. In recent years, however, he has turned to playing Spanish and South American tunes on the guitar.

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Sappho Poetry Night: Avant Gaga #47
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sappho Poetry Night: Avant Gaga #47

On the second Tuesday of September, the monthly poetry night at Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar will play host to AVANT GAGA #47, with guest poets Angela Gardner, Jake Goetz, Rico Craig and more to be confirmed, plus the usual open section. Drinks and tapas are available at the bar, and it's FREE ENTRY.

For open mic, sign-up is from 6:45pm at the venue. Ask for Angelique or Toby. Up to 10 readers can sign up to read for 2 mins each.

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ANGELA GARDNER
studied Visual Art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her latest collection of poetry, Some Sketchy Notes on Matter, will be published by Recent Works Press in October 2019. Recently her poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, The Long Poem and Tears in the Fence, UK; Axon, Hecate, Rabbit and Cordite, Australia; and West Branch USA. She has received a Churchill Fellowship, an Australia Council Literature Residency and the Thomas Shapcott Prize among other awards and commissions. She co-edits the poetry journal www.foame.org and exhibits regularly with NightLadder Collective.

JAKE GOETZ
lives on Gadigal land, near the banks of Goolay'yari. His writing has most recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in Overland, Mascara, Sickleave, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Otoliths and Cordite. His first book, meditations with passing water, a long-poem written alongside the Maiwar (Brisbane River) was published by Rabbit in 2018. He edits Marrickville Pause.

RICO CRAIG
is a teacher, writer, and poet whose work melds the narrative, lyrical and cinematic. His poetry collection Bone Ink was winner of the 2017 Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2018. Bone Ink will be re-released by UWA Publishing in late 2019. The updated edition contains all the original poems plus an additional 25 poems that explore the Bone Ink world. To find recent writing visit:
https://ricocraig.com
Twitter: @RicoCraig
Instagram: @rico_craig

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IMAGE
Aerial photograph of Australian salt flat, by Kevin Krautgartner

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Somewhere Becoming Rain
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Somewhere Becoming Rain

Somewhere Becoming Rain is a Sydney based music duo comprising siblings Stan and Orla Doyle. Reflecting the many instruments and genres the two grew up with, they perform a range of covers, always looking to bring something new and fresh to a well-loved tune.

From contemporary rock to jazz to pop classics, the duo loves performing in intimate settings, where they can share their love for music, and the stories it tells. 

 

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Bella & Lauren
Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

Bella & Lauren

Bella and Lauren have been performing together since they met and don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

With Bella’s deep raspy tone complimenting Lauren’s powerful range the pair were born to sing together and are hoping to start a band in the near future. 

From Winehouse to Nicks, Beatles to Bowie, the singer-song writing duo plan to take over the world with their dynamic vocals... if not the world, at least Glebe. 

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Steph Miller
Aug
30
7:30 PM19:30

Steph Miller

From Celtic to Country, Folk and Blues, Steph Miller has been writing and playing songs in Sydney for many years, both solo and in bands such as Roaring Jack, Eva Trout and The Winter Station. Originals are mixed with intelligent covers that steer clear of cliche and ennui.

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Discussion Group: Open Minds
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Discussion Group: Open Minds

Got something to say? Or prefer just to listen? Come along, have a drink and take part in a stimulating discussion night hosted by experienced psychologist and life coach Claudia Turro.  

Claudia facilitates a warm and inclusive environment that supports open dialogue. Find her online at claudiaturro.com

This month’s topic is:                  Love

Held at the Sappho Bar - back table. This event is free and there is no need to book, you can just turn up. The bar is open as usual, with live music.

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Poetry Night
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Night

Poetry nights are held on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) and have become renowned for their welcoming atmosphere and line-up of well known poets

The night usually features three or four poets reading their own work, followed by open mic readings.

There are a limited amount of spots available in the open mic section, so get in early by arriving by 6:45 pm to sign up in person. One poem each, up to 2 minutes.
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IMAGE
Max Ernst, Aux antipodes du paysage, 1936, oil and grattage on canvas, 24.2 x 33 cm.

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Rio 10 Trio
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

Rio 10 Trio

Rio 10 trio consists of Samuel Choi (keyboard/piano), Daniel Yasin ( Drums) and Alex Lee (Bass). They are a locally based Latin-Jazz trio.

 Their sound comes from borrowing and mixing ideas from their favourite genres such as Bossa Nova and Swing jazz. 

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Andrew Browne
Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

Andrew Browne

Andrew Browne is a singer, songwriter and carpenter from Redfern, often found at his bushland cabin at Yarramalong. He plays acoustic, easy-going tunes, light and slightly bluesy.

Andrew plays only original songs, but the stories are familiar to everyone, about the usual range of things: the living, the dead and those in between.

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Haley Holgate
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Haley Holgate

Haley Holgate is a local singer/songwriter, enchanting listeners with her passionate vocals and performances. Her influences come from the world of pop music, presenting unique covers of the latest tunes and classics. She is currently honing in her pop/folk vibe and working on her first ever E.P which is highly anticipated by her following.

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Bailey & Hughes
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Bailey & Hughes

Fergus and Rob are members of experimental folk group The Teeth. Their duo sets consist of stripped-back versions of Teeth songs, and thoughtful covers from their influencers. These covers are usually re-thinkings of traditional Western singer-songwriter music blended with jazz, blues, pop, and country.

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Lachlan Jacques
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Lachlan Jacques

Lachlan Jacques is a folk singer/songwriter based in Sydney. Being influenced by traditional American folk music he started to write songs a few years ago but only recently started to construct, record and perform them.

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Rayn McDonald
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Rayn McDonald

Rayn is a singer-songwriter, born in the Blue Mountains and growing up in Sydney, with a unique creative voice. Drawing his music from folk roots, indie rock and some Middle Eastern improvisation, Rayn's songs explore the natural state of living and encourage us to stay connected with our dreams. His beautiful voice and varying musical textures bring home his soulful message of maintaining our inner life in today's world. He has performed at Fairlight Folk and his upcoming performances include the VIVID showcase "99 Stories" and The Sydney Folk Festival.

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Maxine Baker
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Maxine Baker

Born and raised in Sydney, Maxine Baker is a country singer and songwriter who loves nothing more than to sit down with her guitar. After signing a record deal in 2017 with Lamon Records Nashville, Maxine recorded her debut single and music video in Nashville due to release early 2018. She has written over 80 songs, was asked to perform at the Shine Showcase at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2018, has performed at festivals and gigs around Australia and has been lucky enough to play at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN three times. Maxine loves sharing her own music with her audiences as well as playing some old classics that everyone enjoys, so come along for a fun night of tunes! 

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Mark Lucas
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Lucas

Singer-songwriter, Mark Lucas doesn’t fit neatly into the mould of contemporary Australian country/roots artists. A resident of inner-western Sydney, Mark spins tales rooted in urban experience but informed by a land as untamed and contrasting as the characters who inhabit it.

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