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 buy and sell used books and records, host live music and events and are available for venue hire -

 

Opening Hours

Monday: 8.30am to 7.00pm

Tuesday: 8.30am to 7.00pm

Wednesday: 8.30am till late

Thursday: 8.30am till late

Friday: 8.30am till late

Saturday: 8.30am till late

Sunday: 9:00am to 7:00pm

 

 

Mike Dimarco
Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Mike Dimarco

Presenting a unique solo performance, Mike Dimarco plays his original material and well known blues, folk and pop songs. His original EP - Ubiquity Five, is now out. For more info head to http://mikejosephmusic.com/

John Maddox
Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

John Maddox

  • Sappho Books and Cafe

These ultra-cool cats are regular guests on Thurs nights. They saunter in, find themselves a comfortable position and gift us with their acoustic gypsy style music. 

Emad Younan
Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

Emad Younan

A unique storyteller, Emad plays both the songs of his brother Jesse Younan and truly inspired covers.  Sappho highly recommends Emad as he is fabulously talented. Hearing him over a few bites and drinks makes for a great night.

Open Mic
Jul
4
7:00 pm19:00

Open Mic

Sappho's Open Mic evening. Come with a song! Solo or as a group. 10 minute slots. Sign-up begins at 7pm. On the third Tuesday of every month. Email us to register your interest: shop@sapphobooks.com.au.

John Maddox
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

John Maddox

These ultra-cool cats are regular guests on Thurs nights. They saunter in, find themselves a comfortable position and gift us with their acoustic gypsy style music. 

Martial and Solene
Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

Martial and Solene

Four years ago, Martial and Solène started music occasionally. In 2016, they’ve decided to make a break in their life by travelling after being most of their time handball players in France. Now in Australia, they are playing Folk-Rock cover songs such as The LumineersMumford and sonsColdplay and more…

After a two year first band experience at home, The Kentucky French Colorado, which make them discover Folk music, they now harmonize with a guitar and a saxophone to start writing pages of a new adventure…TIAL & SOSS


Maddy Monjo
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

Maddy Monjo

Maddy Monjo is a seventeen year old singer-songwriter from Sydney. She first got a taste for performing at age six when she sang Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road"- since then, performing has become second nature, and the stage her home. Maddy began writing at age 13 on the old piano in her home's front room. Inspired by the sounds of Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, she brings a rawness and passion way beyond her years.

Links to music pages:

https://soundcloud.com/maddymonjo

https://www.facebook.com/monjomusic 

Douglas Aguiar
Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

Douglas Aguiar

Born in Brazil and became a Spanish citizen after living and getting involved with Madrid’s music scene DOUGLAS AGUIAR studied at Villa Lobos Music Conservatory in São Paulo. In 2000 developed his technic and musicality practicing Flamenco guitar in Spain.

2004 saw the launch of his first album “Outras Bossas”. The second album was released in 2008 “Boca a Boca”. From 2009 to 2011 he recorded a series of live video performances which showcased new songs. 

In 2013 he moved to Sydney, and has since been promoting music and culture around Australia

With Latin influences and traveling freely among different Brazilian styles, DOUGLAS AGUIAR offers a wide musical set adding Australian memories from his teenager surf life.

Emad Younan
Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Emad Younan

A unique storyteller, Emad plays both the songs of his brother Jesse Younan and truly inspired covers.  Sappho highly recommends Emad as he is fabulously talented. Hearing him over a few bites and drinks makes for a great night.

John Maddox
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

John Maddox

These ultra-cool cats are regular guests on Thurs nights. They saunter in, find themselves a comfortable position and gift us with their acoustic gypsy style music. 

John Maddox
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

John Maddox

These ultra-cool cats are regular guests on Thurs nights. They saunter in, find themselves a comfortable position and gift us with their acoustic gypsy style music. 

JUNE POETRY NIGHT
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

JUNE POETRY NIGHT

On the second Tuesday of June, the poetry night at Sappho will feature poets from a new anthology, Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, edited by Heather Taylor Johnson (published by UWAP). Guest poets include Peter Boyle, Kristen Lang, Margaret Owen Ruckert, Beth Spencer and Heather Taylor Johnson. There will also be the usual open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. Free entry! 

PETER BOYLE
has published seven books of poetry, including Ghostspeaking (Vagabond, 2016), Towns in the Great Desert (Puncher and Wattman, 2013) and Apocrypha (Vagabond, 2009). His awards include the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Poetry, the Queensland Premier's Prize and the ACT Judith Wright award. He is also a translator of poetry from French and Spanish with six books of translation published, including Selected Poems by Olga Orozco, Marosa di Giorgio and Jorge Palma (Vagabond, 2017). He was awarded the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Literary Translation. After many years working as a teacher with TAFE, Peter is completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University.

KRISTEN LANG
writes in North West Tasmania. She has two collections forthcoming in 2017, SkinNotes (Walleah Press) and The Weight of Light (Five Islands Press). Her earlier publication, Let me show you a ripple, includes both poetry and photography and followed in part from her PhD, awarded by Deakin University in 2004. She won the ACU Prize for Poetry in 2015 and was awarded second place in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize earlier this year.

HEATHER TAYLOR JOHNSON
is an American Australian writer living in Port Adelaide. Her second novel, Jean Harley was Here, is out with UQP and her fourth book of poetry is Meanwhile, the Oak, published by Five Islands Press. She is the editor of the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, just out with UWAP.

BETH SPENCER
is the author of Vagabondage (UWAP), The Party of Life (Flying Islands), How to Conceive of a Girl (Random House) and Things in a Glass Box (FIP). A selection of her ABC-Radio National sound and text pieces -- including a feature on Poetica -- were collected on the double CD, Body of Words (dogmedia). Her awards include the Age Short Story Award, runner up for the Steele Rudd, the inaugural Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship, a Varuna Writers Fellowship, and several Literature Board fellowships from the Australia Council. She also has a PhD on ‘The Body as Fiction/Fiction as a Way of Thinking’ and a website at www.bethspencer.com

MARGARET OWEN RUCKERT
is a Sydney educator and poet, whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies. Her collections You Desert Dessert and musefood (which won the IP Best Poetry Award 2012) focus on food and café society.

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OPEN MIC
The open section is open to anyone from the audience that would like to read a poem. 2 minutes each, max. And up to 10 people. Sign up is from 6:30pm on the night.

The Poetry Night at Sappho is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

The Poetry Night acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Sappho Bookshop sits

Boleyn
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Boleyn

Boleyn are a local band from the West and Inner West of Sydney. Playing a mix between acoustic and full band rock with a variety of influences from The Beatles , Oasis , Kings Of Leon , Stone Roses and the Arctic Monkeys to name a few, Boleyn are currently focusing on gigging throughout Sydney both acoustically and with a full band with the aim to release some more content in the coming months. 

LINKS : 

Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/boleynmusic/

Soundcloud : https://m.soundcloud.com/boleyn-1/told-me-so

YouTube : https://youtu.be/cvtVg-kS89I

Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/7MvJauOjNpIk73Dd1uwRxz 

Shirina Holmatova
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Shirina Holmatova

Shirina is a singer and songwriter from Sydney, NSW. Shirina’s singing foundation was laid through active involvement at prestigious music/dance schools such as like YABC (Young Australian Broadway Choir), VPAC (Village Performing Arts College), Australian Girls’ Choir etc.

Shirina’s unique vocals and cheerful personality inspire many people when they see her perform and 'lose herself' in her play list.

https://m.facebook.com/ShirinaHol/?ref=bookmarks

John Maddox Trio
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

John Maddox Trio

These ultra-cool cats are regular guests on Thurs nights. They saunter in, find themselves a comfortable position and gift us with their acoustic gypsy style music. 

Dean Kerr
May
27
7:00 pm19:00

Dean Kerr

Kerr is new to Sydney from Perth and mainly plays rhythm and blues. Since incorporating the looper into his set, the sound has shifted from a traditional piano bar type feel to more of a one man band kind of scenario.

Jessie Robins
May
26
8:00 pm20:00

Jessie Robins

Jessie is singer/songwriter aged 22, based in Brisbane, 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

Robert Clancy
May
10
7:00 pm19:00

Robert Clancy

Robert's first teacher was guitarist Jose Luis Gonzalez, who after 3 years and at the age of 10 in Sydney 1964, took him to play for Andres Segovia. During his teenage years he studied with Don Andrews and Antonio Losada, and performed often with Nicholas Petrou. At the University of Sydney with special encouragement from Winsome Evans he turned to the Renaissance and Baroque lute.
 
After graduating with B.Mus, he won a two year Swiss Government scholarship to study mediaeval and renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. He studied lute with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois, and musicology with Thomas Binkley and Sterling Jones amongst others. 

Also teaching at SCB were Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, who invited Robert to play with Hesperion XX in 1980. He was the principal lute player with the group for five years, participating in many concerts and recordings. Some of the regular players at that time included Hopkinson Smith, Ton Koopman, Christophe Coin and Paolo Pandolfo. In 1982 he co-founded the ensemble La Stavaganzawith Enrico Gatti and Rinaldo Alessandrini.  

Returning to Sydney in 1985 he formed The Broken Consort, attracting both state and federal funding and for 12 months performed and recorded with many Australian musicians including Gerald English, Catherine Finnis, Winsome Evans and John O'Donnell. He was given special support by Musica Viva, the ABC and 2MBS-FM. 

In 1986 he developed a neuro-physiological condition in the right hand called focal dystonia which brought to an end his concert career. He continues his work as a computer programmer and is making a return to the stage, much to everyone's delight.

Poetry Night
May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Night

On the second Tuesday of May, the poetry night at Sappho will feature poets Greg McLaren, Meredith Wattison, Ariel Riveros Pavez and KA Rees, plus the usual open section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. Neon pink lights in the side alley. Free entry. 

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GREG MCLAREN
was until quite recently a Sydney poet but is now a commuting troubadour from the lower Blue Mountains. Probably. He's also a teacher, a sometime critic, and is several things to a number of people. He is the author of five books of poems, including The Kurri Kurri Book of the Dead and Australian ravens, both published by Puncher & Wattmann, and After Han Shan (Flying Islands). His work, such as it is, and if you can be bothered, can be found in Windchimes: Asia in Australian Poetry, Australian Poetry since 1788 (urg), A slow combusting hymn and the recent Contemporary Australian Poetry.

MEREDITH WATTISON
born 1963, a poet and essayist, her 6 books of poetry are Psyche’s Circus (Poetry Australia, 1989), Judith’s Do (Penguin Australia, 1996), Fishwife (Five Islands Press, 2001), The Nihilist Line (Five Islands Press, 2003), Basket of Sunlight (Puncher & Wattmann, 2007) and terra bravura (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), shortlisted for the 2016 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. Her recent essays have appeared in Cordite, Rabbit and Plumwood Mountain. The 2016 anthologies, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry and Contemporary Australian Poetry feature her work.

ARIEL RIVEROS PAVEZ
is a Sydney based writer. His works have appeared in various publications including Southerly, Verity La, Four W, Contrappasso Magazine, Mascara Review and Journal of Postcolonial Text. Ariel has a flash fiction chapbook out “Self Imposed House Arrest” available through Blank Rune Press in Melbourne and won the 2016 Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW poetry prize. He was founding editor of Australian Latino Press and organizer for the Blue Space Poetry Jam series of events.

K.A. REES
has a Masters in Writing from the University of Sydney. Her poems and short stories have been included in publications by Red Room Company, Australian Review of Fiction, Australian Poetry and Rochford Street Review. She was recently short-listed for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and has been Poet in residence at the State Library’s café, Trim. Kate lives here in Sydney with her partner, two small children and a cat on three types of heart Medic*tion.

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OPEN MIC
The open section will allow ten audience members to read a poem of their own. 2 minutes each, max. Sign up from 6:30pm on the night.

Monica and The Explosion
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

Monica and The Explosion

Swedish punk rock 'n' roll singersongwriter Monica and The Explosion will give an exclusive performance with songs from her latest album “Less Frenetic” and other laid back songs from her 10 year career as an artist.

Open Mind Mic
Apr
30
7:00 pm19:00

Open Mind Mic

Open Mind Mic is a soapbox-style symposium where you can speak your mind. 

It’s a platform to share ideas – like a TED Talk, except with a cocktail menu. 

Each speaker gets a maximum of 10 minutes, followed by a facilitated Q&A/discussion session. 

There is no theme and there are no censors – the only criteria is that your idea is discussion-provoking. You can be as controversial as you like – you just need to be ready to back up your stance during the Q&A. 

The discourse is free, as is the entry!

Doors open: 7pm
First speaker: 7:30pm

Ella Belfanti
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Ella Belfanti

Ella Belfanti is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, creating unique alternative music from the heart with complexity, interesting structures, and depth. Influenced by a broad range of artists including Of Monsters and Men, Katie Noonan, and The Cat Empire, Ella has been writing songs since she was 13.

Listen to her music here:

https://soundcloud.com/ella-belfanti/sets/going-in-circles-1

https://ellabelfanti.bandcamp.com/

www.facebook.com/EllaBelfanti

www.youtube.com/EllaBelfanti

 

Ali MC
Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

Ali MC

Ali MC is a Melbourne-based musician, writer, photographer and human rights professional. He will be performing a rare acoustic set based on his travels around the world, as well as his own personal experiences.

Ali has worked as a music producer in remote Aboriginal communities in the Western Desert, and fronts the dub-hiphop collective New Dub City. As a writer, he authored the 'punk rock travel book' The Eyeball End, which details his experiences in much of the so-called 'Third World'.

As well as working in Indigenous history and legal services, Ali is currently studying a Masters of Human Rights Law, and in 2017 he will be holding a photography exhibition titled Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour. 

He will have copies of his book The Eyeball End available for sale as well as the New Dub City 'Release the Dubs', of which proceeds will go towards Rohingya refugee relief.

Fergus Bailey
Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

Fergus Bailey

Fergus Bailey is 19 year-old singer-songwriter from Sydney. He plays folk music in the style of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, blended with noise rock and shoegaze in the style of The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, with a bit of cello and trumpet thrown in for good measure.


Soundcloud: 
https://soundcloud.com/fergus-bailey

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEGb8Lel1Ldn3uFepaGJS5Q

Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/fergusbailey/?hl=en

Scott Gibson
Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Scott Gibson

Featuring Cilla Jane from the Melbourne folk scene, laid back, tender poetic songs with keys, guitar and vocals

Poetry Night: Overland Judith Wright Prize Reading
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Night: Overland Judith Wright Prize Reading

On the second Tuesday of April, the poetry night at Sappho will host short-listed and winning poets from this year's Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for Emerging Poets:

Alison Whittaker
Holly Isemonger
Lachlan Brown
Dave Drayton
Audrey Molloy
Sumudu Samarawickrama
Toby Davidson

The winners were announced earlier this year:
https://overland.org.au/2017/02/the-results-of-the-2016-judith-wright-poetry-prize/ 

And the full short-list as well:
https://overland.org.au/2017/01/2016-judith-wright-poetry-prize-shortlist/

Hosted by Toby Fitch, poetry editor for Overland and, along with Jill Jones, a judge of this year's prize.

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ALISON WHITTAKER is a Gomeroi poet and law graduate living on Wangal lands. She is the author of the award-winning collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books, 2016).

HOLLY ISEMONGER lives in Sydney. She has been published in Shabby Doll House, Voiceworks, Clinic, and Seizure. Her writing has been featured in exhibitions for SPUR Publication at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh and Tate Britain. She is assistant editor at The Bohemyth and studies at Western Sydney University.

LACHLAN BROWN grew up in Macquarie Fields, South West Sydney. He currently teaches literature at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Lachlan’s poems have been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, highly commended for the Gwen Harwood poetry prize and longlisted for the Canberra Poetry Prize.

DAVE DRAYTON was an amateur banjo player, a founding member of the Atterton Academy, and the author of Haiturograms (Stale Objects dePress) and Poetic Pentagons (Spacecraft Press).

AUDREY MOLLOY was born in Dublin and grew up in the coastal village of Blackwater, County Wexford. In 1998 she moved to Sydney where she works as a medical writer and editor. Her poetry has recently appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Offset Arts Journal, and Grieve Anthology 2016.

SUMUDU SAMARAWICKRAMA was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Zambia. She is an emerging writer currently part of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers’ Group.

TOBY DAVIDSON was born in Perth in 1977 and now lives in Sydney as a senior lecturer at Macquarie University. He is the editor of Francis Webb’s Collected Poems (UWA Publishing) and author of the critical study Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry (Cambria Press). His first poetry collection is Beast Language (Five Islands Press).

SHARI KOCHER and K.A. REES were also short-listed for this year's award.

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OPEN MIC
Up to 10 readers at 2 mins each. Sign up from 7pm on the night.

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The Sappho Poetry Night is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund.

Dawn Barrington
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

Dawn Barrington

Dawn is a singer/songwriter based in Denmark, Western Australia. She is a traditional storyteller at heart and her catchy choruses and rich lyrical content make for an engaging performance. Her distinctive sound and the spirit in which she sings her songs has likened her to artists such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Janis Ian.

Dawn released her album “Break of the Day” March of 2016 at the Nannup Music Festival. She has clocked up over 100 shows in the past three or so years performing at venues across the South West of WA. Dawn also likes to tour the East Coast on a regular basis. She has performed at Festivals, local events, Aussie pubs, restaurants and house concerts and her tracks are getting regular national and international airplay.

MARGUERITE MONTES
Apr
1
7:01 pm19:01

MARGUERITE MONTES

  • Sappho Cafe & Wine Bar

A consummate and passionate performer, Marguerite Montes has just returned to Sydney after two decades of extensive travelling in Europe, the North Coast of NSW and parts of outback NSW. Marguerite has decided to settle in Glebe.

A singer songwriter, Marguerite has worked with an eclectic array of musicians and in a multitude of genres. Her original songs are stunningly influenced by her Andalusian roots and Latin feels. She has collaborated with Antonio Vargas, Kavisha Mazzela, Brian Kennedy, Darryl Braithwaite, Toni Childs, Oscar Gimenez, Peter Urquhart, Lou Steer as well as  many more performers.

A regular of the Festival circuits, Marguerite is equally comfortable performing in a large stadium as she is in an intimate space. Marguerite will take you on a beautiful musical journey at Sappho’s Café as part of the Glebe ‘Coloursound’ Festival on Saturday the 26th of March at 6.30 pm.  

For bookings please contact: 
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/coloursound-festival-2016-tickets-22087915550

You can check out some of Marguerite’s music here: 
https://youtu.be/7_TlHjttcF0
https://youtu.be/H91EVHy86v0
https://youtu.be/hLfvCcbIyMI

 

THE NIGHTCAPS
Mar
31
7:30 pm19:30

THE NIGHTCAPS

“Originals, own arrangements, old Italian films, a bit of jazz, a bit of pop and a bit of classical. Probably only a few things you've heard before. We hope you enjoy."

John Maddox Duo
Mar
30
7:30 pm19:30

John Maddox Duo

These ultra cool cats are regular guests on Thursday nights. They saunter in, find themselves a comfortable position and gift us with their acoustic gypsy style music. Check out one of their recent performances at Sappho here.

The Musical Express
Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

The Musical Express

From the King to Crowded House and AC/DC, The Musical Express is Sydney’s most versatile duo. 

Featuring current ACE award winners on vocals and guitar, Paul and Conrad have the harmonies, showmanship and song list to keep the toughest audience happy. This act comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
 

Marguerite Montes
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

Marguerite Montes

Marguerite Montes has just returned to Sydney after two decades of extensive travelling in Europe, the North Coast of NSW and parts of outback NSW. Marguerite has decided to settle in Glebe. A singer songwriter Marguerite has worked with an eclectic array of musicians and in a multitude of genres.  Her original songs are stunningly influenced by her Andalusian roots and Latin feels. 

The Fruit Loop Collective
Mar
17
7:30 pm19:30

The Fruit Loop Collective

The Fruit Loop Collective is a violin, flute and cello trio that established themselves early this year. Nils, Clara and Isabel perform diverse music on their instruments which cover a wide variety of genres. These include folk, classical, improvisation, rock and pop. Tonight they bring to you a selection of their favorites inspired by the sentiments of St Patricks’ Day. These works include:

Maria Millar:
‘Bach in Ireland’
‘Japanese Folk Tune Medley’,
‘Scandinavian Folk Suite’

Jet:
‘Are you gonna be My girl ?’

Traditional Jigs and Reels such as:
‘Drowsy Butterfly Brandy’
‘Gravel and Tamlin’
‘Rights of Man Cooleys High Reel’

... and a special improvisation  featuring a loop pedal and speakers.

Sit back, relax, unwind and enjoy the fruity flavours of the Fruit Loop Collective.

Robert Clancy
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Robert Clancy

Robert Clancy formed The Broken Consort in 1982, and for 12 months performed and recorded with many Australian musicians including Gerald English, Catherine Finnis, Winsome Evans and John O'Donnell. He was given special support by Musica Viva, the ABC and 2MBS-FM. 

In 1986 he developed a neuro-physiological condition in the right hand called focal dystonia which brought to an end his concert career. He continues his work as a computer programmer and is making a return to the stage, much to everyone's delight.

In recent years he has performed with Margeurite Montes, playing classical guitar with a repertoire that is entirely Spanish and South American.

Poetry Night
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Night

Image: 'Ern Malley', a painting by Sidney Nolan, that has been run through a Google Deep Dream generator.