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Avant Gaga #68: van Neerven, Sakr, Andrada, Patterson

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

On the second Tuesday of June, the Poetry Night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #68, with guest poets Ellen van Neerven, Omar Sakr, Eunice Andrada, and Luke Patterson, plus an open mic section. Tapas and drinks are available at the bar. Free entry. For open mic (10 readers, 2 mins each), sign-up is at the venue on the night from 6:30pm, so get in early for that, and for a seat!
ELLEN VAN NEERVEN is a writer and editor of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers’ Prize. They are the author of two poetry collections: Comfort Food, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize; and Throat, which won the Kenneth Slessor Prize, the Multicultural NSW Award and Book of the Year in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Personal Score, their most recent book, won the Non-Fiction Award at the 2024 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
OMAR SAKR does not have a bio in the genocide.
EUNICE ANDRADA is the author of two poetry collections, Flood Damages (Giramondo Publishing 2018) and TAKE CARE (Giramondo Publishing 2021). Her debut poetry collection Flood Damages won the Anne Elder Award and was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. TAKE CARE was honoured as a finalist for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, Stella Prize, Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
LUKE PATTERSON is a Gamilaroi poet, educator and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Running Dog and The Suburban Review. You will also find his work in anthologies including NANGAMAY dream MANA gather DJURALI grow as well as Best of Australian Poems 2023. Luke’s research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.
IMAGE: Mohamed Melehi, ‘Composition’, 1970, acrylic on wood.


June 11
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar
(02) 9552 4498
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Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar
51 Glebe Point Rd
Glebe, New South Wales 2037 Australia
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(02) 9552 4498
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