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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On the second Tuesday of October, the poetry night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #31 with guest poets David Malouf, Melody Paloma and Duncan Hose, plus an open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. Free entry. 


was born in Brisbane. His paternal family had arrived in Australia in the 1880s from Lebanon, while his mother's were Sephardic Jews from Spain, who had gone to England via Holland, before migrating to Australia in 1913. He is a world-renowned novelist (of An Imaginary Life, Remembering Babylon, The Great World, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Ransom, et al.) and leading Australian poet who has won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000. In 1997 he was declared an Australian National Living Treasure. His most recent collections of poetry are Typewriter Music, Revolving Days, and Earth Hour. 

Melody Paloma is a poet and critic currently living on the far south coast of NSW. Among other publications, her work has appeared in Cordite, Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain, un Magazine, and the 2016 Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Melody was the recipient of the 2014 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. Her debut collection is called In Some Ways Dingo and was released earlier this year as part of the Rabbit Poets Series. Melody works for Australian Poetry in their young poet’s programs.

is a poet, painter and academic scholar. His published books include Bunratty (Puncher and Wattman 2015), A Book of Sea-Shanty (Bulky News Press 2014), One Under Bacchus (Inken Publisch 2011) and Rathaus (Inken Publish 2007). He is preparing a critical treatise called Prick’d by Charm: The Pursuit of Myth in Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes, and is currently the Fryer Library Fellow at the University of Queensland. He lives on Magdeburgstrasse in the Moreton Bay Colony.


After the guest poets, 10 people from the audience will read a poem of their own. 2 minutes each. Sign-up is from 6:30pm on the night.

Earlier Event: October 7
Fergus Bailey
Later Event: October 13
Jacob Diamond