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




On the 1st Tuesday of August, the poetry night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #30, which will feature leading American poet/translator/anthologist Jerome Rothenberg, as well as Peter Minter, Patricia Killelea and Winnie Dunn. There will also be the usual open section, drinks and tapas at the bar, and etcetera. 


is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, anthologist, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin (traditional American Indian poetry), Exiled in the Word (a.k.a. A Big Jewish Book), and, with Pierre Joris and Jeffrey Robinson, Poems for the Millennium, volumes 1-3. He was a founding figure of ethnopoetics as a combination of poetic practice and theory, and he has been a longtime practitioner and theorist of poetry performance. His most recent big books are Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader (2013) and Barbaric Vast & Wild: Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Preset (volume 5 of Poems for the Millennium, 2015). A new book of poems, A Field on Mars: Poems 2000-2015, has just appeared in separate English and French editions.

is a poet, poetry editor and writer on poetry and poetics. He teaches creative writing, Australian literature and Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney, with a research focus in decoloniality, countermodernity and ecopoetics.

is a mixed-heritage Chicana/Irish-American poet, musician, and scholar. She is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns from Swan Scythe Press, 2011. Originally from the Bay Area, California, she is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, where she teaches Creative Writing (Poetry) in their M.F.A. program as well as Native American Literature
courses. She is currently Poetry Editor for the literary journal
Passages North, and the Reviews Editor for the journal As/Us. Patricia earned her Ph.D. in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis and she holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and English, also from UC Davis. She is also a musician and works in digital poetics, producing video poems and other soundscapes. Her poetry films have been featured in Atticus Review, as well as Poetry Film Live and Moving Poems. One of her video poems was recently long-listed for Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival (2016).

is a Tongan-Australian writer from Mt Druitt. She is a manager and editor at Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Winnie’s work has been published in The Vocal, Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow and The Big Black Thing. She has performed readings for Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Wollongong Writers’ Festival and Stella Girls Write Up.


The open mic section allows anyone from the audience (up to 10 people) to read a poem of their own (2 mins each). Sign-up is from 6:30 on the night.