On the second Tuesday of November, the monthly Poetry Night at Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar will play host to AVANT GAGA #63, with guest poets Lindsay Tuggle, Gareth Jenkins, Graham Akhurst and Catherine McNamara, and the usual open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. FREE entry. Sign up for open mic is from 6:30pm on the night at the venue. Get in early!
LINDSAY TUGGLE is the author of The Afterlives of Specimens (2017), which was reviewed as a cover feature in The New York Review of Books. Her debut poetry collection, Calenture (2018), was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore and Anne Elder awards. Her work has been supported by numerous international grants, including the prestigious Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, and a Travelling Fellowship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2023, Lindsay is a Writer-in-Residence at Château d’Orquevaux in Champagne and Bundanon Trust in the Shoalhaven of Australia. http://www.lindsaytuggle.com
GARETH JENKINS’ first poetry book, Recipes for the Disaster, won the 2019 Anne Elder award. His poetry short-films have screened at festivals around the world and he exhibits text-based art and multimedia installations. Since 2005 Gareth has been building The Atomic Book—an online digital archive of the work of Australia’s greatest Outlier artist, Anthony Mannix. In 2020 Gareth founded the archive and small press Apothecary Archive where he publishes all manner of things experimental and creative. In 2021 he took over the running of one of Australia’s most enduring poetry publishers, Five Islands Press. His latest book is The Inclination Compass (Puncher & Wattmann, 2023).
GRAHAM AKHURST is an Aboriginal writer and academic from the Kokomini of Northern Queensland. He is a Lecturer of Indigenous Studies and Creative Writing at UTS. He writes poetry and prose and is the author of Borderland published by UWAP out now.
CATHERINE MCNAMARA grew up in Sydney and ran away at 21 to write in Paris, ending up in Ghana running a bar. Her short fiction collection The Carnal Fugues is just out with Puncher and Wattmann, and her flash fiction and short story books Love Stories for Hectic People, The Cartography of Others and Pelt and Other Stories were published in the UK. Catherine runs summer writing retreats in Italy and is Flash Fiction Editor at Litro Magazine. She lives in Veneto.
IMAGE: Brice Marsden, The Propitious Garden of Plane Image, Third Version, 2000–06, oil on linen, six panels.