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

OPENING HOURS

Monday: 8.30am to 6:30pm

Tuesday: 8.30am to 6:30pm

Wednesday: 8.30am till late

Thursday: 8.30am till late

Friday: 8.30am till late

Saturday: 8.30am till late

Sunday: 9:00am to 6:30pm

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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Open Stage
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Open Stage

Sappho Books' monthly Open Mic is back under new branding, join us at the Sappho Bar for the Sappho Open STAGE! There will be six 15-minute open-mic slots available, and sign-up starts at 6:30pm on the night. Entry is free, and drinks will be available to buy from the bar.

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Bella & Lauren
Jul
5
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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Poetry Night
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Night

On the second Tuesday of July the poetry night at Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar will feature Kelly Norah Drukker, Ali Jane Smith, Justin Wolfers and David Stavanger, plus the usual open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. FREE entry.

Sign-up for open mic is from 6:45pm on the night at the venue. Please ask for Toby or Angelique.

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KELLY NORAH DRUKKER
was born in Montreal, and grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec. Her first collection of poems, Small Fires, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2016, won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, the Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. Kelly’s work has received a CBC Literary Award for Poetry (2006), and has appeared in journals in Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland. Petits feux, the French-language translation of Small Fires by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, was published by Le lézard amoureux in 2018.

ALI JANE SMITH
is the author of a chapbook, Gala, published long, long ago by the Five Islands Press New Poets Program. Her poems have been published in literary journals, including Overland, Southerly, Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain and Cordite. In 2018 her poem ‘Have You Any Dirty Washing, Mother Dear?' was shortlisted for the David Harold Tribe Poetry Prize, and in 2016 she was one of three writers selected for the inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics program. In 2015 her poem ‘Another Literary Life’ was selected as Poem of the Year by Australian Poetry Journal. Lately, she has been busy reading her work in Port Kembla, Glebe, Canberra and Fairy Meadow. In 2018 she joined Radical Drum Corps, a drum group that is reclaiming the marching band for progressive politics. So poetry is just her day job now. https://alijanesmith.wordpress.com.

JUSTIN WOLFERS
is a Sydney-based writer, editor & researcher. His work has been published in Cordite, Overland, Plumwood Mountain, Fireflies & elsewhere. He is Editor of The Lifted Brow and is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University.

DAVID STAVANGER
is a poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in The Special (UQP), which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is Co-Editor of Solid Air: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019). These days he lives between the stage and the page.

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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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Bella & Lauren
Jun
19
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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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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Luella
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

Luella

Luella is an Indie Folk singer-songwriter and covers artist based in Canberra. She grew up in Bellingen and Sydney with a very musical family, and was destined to become a musician. Her voice is angelic, clear and full of heart. She writes about soul searching, love and hardship and covers a lot of classics.

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Lachlan Jacques
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Lachlan Jacques

A singer/songwriter based in Sydney. Influenced by traditional American folk music. I've been writing and recording songs for a few years but rarely performing them. Now I wish to start sharing and performing live what I have been working on behind the scenes.

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James McQ
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

James McQ

With dynamic sets captivating all audience demographics, James combines ballads with upbeat songs and uses different effects and pedals which keep his sound interesting for the whole of the set.

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Bailey & Hughes
May
22
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 influences. These covers are usually re-thinkings of traditional Western singer-songwriter music blended with jazz, blues, pop, and country. 

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Bella & Lauren
May
10
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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Charlotte Thompson
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Charlotte Thompson

Charlotte Rose is a young Northern Beaches-based musician with a big heart. Armed with “a guitar that speaks” and a compelling, emotional presence, she tells stories; traversing the sounds of Folk, Indie, Blues and Pop in her originals and covers. From Folk Festivals at the far corners of NSW to Sydney's classic hole-in-the-wall spaces, to busking on the streets - Charlotte’s versatile "nightingale" voice never fails to draw a crowd. Charlotte recently had success with her songwriting, placing first at the ACU CAPA National Showcase. She has recently appeared at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Newport, and is a regular performer each year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Look out for her debut EP this winter (official release date coming soon).

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Jessie Robins
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Jessie Robins

Jessie is a singer/songwriter aged 22, based in Sydney, Australia. She studied a Diploma of Contemporary Music and Performance at JMC Academy in Brisbane. With vocal strength influences from today’s highest selling artists such as Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes and Taylor Swift, her musical sound falls under the Pop/Acoustic Genre.

You can purchase her Debut EP 'The Beginning' on ITUNES NOW! 
Jessie's latest upcoming single 'Writing on The Wall' will be released soon.

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Lachlan Jacques
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Lachlan Jacques

A singer/songwriter based in Sydney. Influenced by traditional American folk music. I've been writing and recording songs for a few years but rarely performing them. Now I wish to start sharing and performing live what I have been working on behind the scenes.

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T3
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

T3

T3 combines the craftsmanship of contemporary songwriting and the raw energy, improvisational pizzaz and sound perfect for live music. Our original tracks (Soon to be released singles "Steady" and "Arabica" amongst others) meld the harmonic intricacies of jazz tradition with the catchy up-tempo beats of our drummer. Our lead singer is a versatile soprano; her soulful and rich tone can range anywhere from Paul Kelly to Operatic solos and leave the audience on their feet. Our lead guitarist/pianist's blues improvisation would leave Herbie Hancock in awe.

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