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, sheet music and records, host live music and events and are available for venue hire -


Christmas Eve: Open but will close at 4pm

Tuesday 25th Christmas Day: Closed

Wednesday 26th Boxing Day: Closed

Thursday 27th: Closed

Friday 28th: Open 9am to 7.30 pm

Saturday 29th: Open 9am to 7.30 pm

Sunday 30th: Open 9am to 7.30 pm

New Years Eve: Open but will close at 1.30pm

New Years Day: Closed


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

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December Poetry Night

On the second Tuesday of December, the last poetry night of the year at Sappho Books will play host to Robert Adamson, Judith Beveridge, Phan Quỳnh Trâm, Judith Crispin, and David Musgrave, plus an open mic section. As ever, drinks and tapas at the bar, and free entry! 


Robert Adamson
's latest collection of poetry, Net Needle, was published in May 2015 by Black Inc in Australia and by Flood Editions in the US, and by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in May 2016. The book brings together the presiding influences of his life, early and late, casting an affectionate eye on the Hawkesbury fishermen who "stitched their lives into my days,”. Net Needle was shortlisted in The Queensland Literary Awards for the Judith Wright Calanthe Poetry Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry.

Judith Beveridge
is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Devadatta’s Poems and Hook and Eye: a selection of poems published in the US by George Braziller. She teaches postgraduate poetry writing at the University of Sydney. Her New and Selected Poems will be published in 2017. She is one of four editors of the recently released anthology, Contemporary Australian Poetry.

David Musgrave
is a poet, novelist, critic and publisher. His most recent collection 'anatomy of voice' was awarded the Judith wright calanthe award for poetry in September. He is also a co-editor of the recently released anthology Contemporary Australian Poetry. 

Phan Quỳnh Trâm
is a poet, essayist and translator. She migrated from Vietnam to Australia in 2000 and now lives in Sydney. Her translations, short stories, essays and poems, written In Vietnamese and English, have been published in Kunapipi, Ajar, and Tiền vệ literary webzine. She is a co-author of a collection of poems published by Vagabond in 2015. 

Judith Crispin
is a poet and photographer. She is currently Director of a virtual heritage research project at the Australian Catholic University. Previously she ran programs of poetry readings at Manning Clark House in Canberra. Judith is on the advisory board of the International Poetry Studies Institute at The University of Canberra. She represented Australia in the 26th Medellin International Poetry Festival in Colombia where she read poems from her new book ‘The Lumen Seed’ (Daylight Books, 2016). Her first book, 'The Myrrh-Bearers' was published by Puncher and Wattmann in 2015. She is working on material for a third book but has seemingly written herself into a corner and is trying to escape by fleeing periodically to the central desert. 


Sign up to read in the open section is from 7pm on the night of the event. 10 people will read for up to 2 minutes each.

Earlier Event: December 8
John Maddox Duo
Later Event: December 21
Michael DiMarco & Kent Quinlan