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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Poetry Night

On the second Tuesday of March this year, the poetry night at Sappho falls on the date of famous hoax poet Ern Malley's 99th birthday. So, to commemorate this 'fake' occasion, a large collection of 'living' poets will come together to read some (maybe all) of Ern Malley's 16-poem oeuvre, and will perhaps read some of their own hoax poems. See what happens. As always, drinks and tapas at the bar, and FREE entry. 

If you want to remind yourself of who Ern Malley: 

If you want to read his poems: 

Include John Tranter, joanne burns, Amanda Stewart, Chris Edwards, Kate Middleton, Fiona Wright, a.j. carruthers, and many others.

For the open mic section, if you want to read a poem this particular month, IT HAS TO BE A 'FAKE' POEM. Perhaps you could write an imitation of one of Ern's poems, or create your own Malley character...? Or do a hoax translation of a fictitious poet...? Or write a fake news poem, or a poem by Donald Trump...? Have some fun with it. There'll be up to 10 readers in the open section. 2 minutes each.

The Sappho Poetry Reading Series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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

Earlier Event: March 4
Later Event: March 15
Robert Clancy