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.

For individual opening hours, see: BOOKSHOP HOURS ~ CAFE HOURS ~ BAR HOURS

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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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Earlier Event: May 6
Monica and The Explosion
Later Event: May 27
Dean Kerr