9th Nov - Pie In The Sky Poets - eat . live . fly


Poetry Sydney and SILY present a modern-day program of poetry located between three historical storehouses. Experience poets living in Sydney orate their thoughts through poetry in all its forms.

This month we have:

Anne Casey is a Sydney-based Irish poet/writer and author of four poetry collections. She has won poetry awards in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia, most recently American Writers Review 2021. She has been nominated for the 2021 iWoman Global Award in the field of Literature and for the Pushcart Prize. A journalist, magazine editor, legal author and media communications director for 30 years, her work ranks in leading national daily newspaper, The Irish Times’ Most Read, and is widely published and anthologised internationally. She has served on numerous editorial advisory boards and is the recipient of an Australian Government Scholarship for her PhD in Creative Writing at UTS.   anne-casey.com   @1annecasey

Tug Dumbly (MC) is the pen and stage name of Geoff Forrester.  He is a poet, performer, satirist, singer, songwriter and photographer.  He has setup and ran the seminal spoken word night, Bardflys in Sydney.  He has released two spoken word CDs, Junk Culture and Idiom Savant, through ABC.  He has been awarded first prize in spoken word competitions across Australia.  In 2020 he had two poems shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, for which he was also shortlisted in 2019. In 2020 he won the Borranga Poetry Prize, and was runner up in the WB Yeats Poetry Prize. In 2019 he was longlisted (for the second time) for the Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. In 2015 he came second in the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize. His first poetry collection, Son Songs, came out through Flying Islands Books in 2018.

Michelle Hamadache writes short stories and essays. She’s currently working on The Jasmine Alphabet, a collection of erotic ghost stories set in Algeria, Italy and Australia. She’s had work published in SoutherlyMascara, Island and Cordite, Wasafiri (UK) and Antipodes (USA).

Teena McCarthy is a visual artist and poet who works predominantly in painting, photography and performance art. McCarthy is an Italian Barkindji woman who is a descendant of The Stolen Generations. Her work documents her family’s displacement and Aboriginal Australian’s loss of Culture and their ‘hidden’ history. McCarthy has exhibited extensively and is represented by Art Atrium. Her forthcoming debut collection Bush Mary is published by Cordite 2021.  http://artatrium.com.au/teena-mccarthy/

Photograph attribution: Teena McCarthy photographed in her studio by Saskia Wilson for Artist Profile, 2020.  All rights reserved.


Open Mic is encouraged for anyone who has something to share. To register in the open reading please email mail@poetrysydney.org

Poetry Sydney nurtures innovation, discovery, and inspiration through the poetry of today. We present established, emerging, and early career poets from diverse poetry practices.

Located in a heritage-listed storehoure, Since I Left You is your friendly neighborhood small bar in the heart of the CBD

Tickets are $15, which includes a free drink on arrival.

Time: 6:30pm

Place: 338 Kent St, Sydney (SILY Courtyard)