On the second Tuesday of March, the Poetry Night at Sappho will feature 4 guests poets, Felicity Plunkett, Simon Tedeschi, Vivian Pham and Munira Tabassum Ahmed, plus an open mic section. Drinks and tapas available at the bar. Free entry as ever!
FELICITY PLUNKETT is a poet and critic. She has a PhD from Sydney University and is the author of Vanishing Point, a chapbook, Seastrands and A Kinder Sea. She was poetry editor with University of Queensland Press for a decade.
SIMON TEDESCHI has written for publications across Australia. When neither writing nor practising piano, he reads books and drinks coffee. He and his wife, the painter Loribelle Spirovski, live in Sydney, Australia with their cat. His first book, Fugitive, was released in 2022 and nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. He was the winner of the 2022 Calibre Essay Prize.
VIVIAN PHAM is a novelist, essayist, poet, and aspiring folklorist. In high school she wrote a novel called The Coconut Children, which was published in March 2020 by Penguin Random House. She has twice attended the International Congress of Youth Voices. She is now writing the play and stage adaptations of The Coconut Children, and delivering creative writing workshops with Story Factory, the same not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people that gave her her literary start.
Munira Tabassum Ahmed is a 17-year-old writer. Her work is published in Best of Australian Poems 2021, Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal, Liminal, Runway Journal, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, and elsewhere. She is the 2022 Kat Muscat Fellow, a Youth Ambassador for Red Room Poetry, and a medalist at the 2022 National Youth Poetry Slam. She was a 2020-21 youth curator and moderator for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and co-host of a 2021 Culture Makers Lab workshop with the Immigration Museum, Melbourne.
To read a poem in the open mic section, sign-up is on the night at the venue from 6:45pm. Up to 10 readers can read for up to 2 mins each (which is enough time for about one poem each).