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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.

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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: 

And the full short-list as well:

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


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.


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


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

Earlier Event: April 5
Dawn Barrington
Later Event: April 15
Scott Gibson