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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September Poetry Night @Sappho w/ Cahill, Shankar, Webb, and Tu

On the second Tuesday of September, the poetry night at Sappho will feature Michelle Cahill, Ravi Shankar, Jen Webb, and Jessie Tu, plus the usual open section. Come along from 7pm. Tapas and booze at the bar!


is a Sydney poet, fiction writer and critic. Her awards include the Val Vallis Poetry Prize, the Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize, the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize Shortlist and most recently the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing for Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo). Vishvarupa was short-listed in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her essays on poetics, narrative and race have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Westerly and The Weekend Australian. She was a Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing at UNC Charlotte and a Fellow at Kingston Writing School. She is reading new poems on grief and mental health, and poems from her most recent book The Herring Lass (Arc). 

is the author, editor or translator of over a dozen books, including most recently "The Golden Shovel: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks" (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), "What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations" (Carolina Wren, 2015), and "Andal: The Autobiography of A Goddess" (Zubaan Books/University of Chicago Press, 2016). He has won a Pushcart Prize, a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, appeared on NPR, PBS, the BBC and in such publications as The New York Times, The Paris Review and Caravan, and been awarded many fellowships, including from the Rhode Island Commission on the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo. He founded Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts, and he teaches and performs around the world, most recently for the New York Writers Workshop and as the Writer-in-Residence at Sun Yat-Sen University in Gwangzhou, China. He holds a research fellowship from University of Sydney and his memoir-in-progress is entitled "Correctional." 

works at the University of Canberra, and has been published in journals such as Mascara Literary Review, Hecate, New England Review, The Amethyst Review (Canada), Bathtub Gin (USA), The Lake (UK), and in translation, in Poetry and Thought (China). She has been anthologised, including in Page and Kelen's The House is not Quiet and the World is not Calm (Macau); Albiston and Brophy's Prayers of a Secular World; and Tredennick's Australian Love Poems, and her poems have been selected by Les Murray and John Tranter for Best Australian Poems. She has published 7 pamphlet collections, and is ACT editor for the Australian Book Review’s 'States of Poetry' annual anthology; with Paul Hetherington, for the Mandarin/English collection 窗口:当代澳大利亚诗歌—英汉对照选集 | Open Windows: Contemporary Australian Poetry; and with Kavita Nandan, for Writing the Pacific. 

Her poems and scripts have appeared in the Australian Book Review, FishFood Magazine and The Voices Project. Winner of 2016 Joseph Furphy Literary Prize in Poetry. She was shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize earlier this year. Recently returned from a workshop in creative non-fiction writing at the Iowa Summer Writer's Festival, University of Iowa. 


The open section takes place after the guest poets. Sign up is from 6:30pm on the night at the venue. There will be up to 10 readers, 2 minutes each.

Earlier Event: September 9
Michael St. George
Later Event: September 15
In Two Parts