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Colouring in the Body Electric: an interior poetry picnic

28 Albion St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
The Albies, Level one

Sunday 7 March from 4:30pm to 8pm



This Mardi Gras weekend, why not Head to Surry Hills for an indoor poetry picnic at the Sydney Brewery Surry Hills.

Colouring in the Body Electric is a celebration of sexuality, the body, and the self. It is a special poetry event which references themes from I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman, 1855.

We welcome poetry that explores the subject of the body as a whole and in its parts, and the interconnectedness of body and soul.

Poet, performer, satirist and singer Tug Dumbly, is the event's MC. Feature poets include, award-winning poet Tricia Dearborn and author of fiction, poetry and sex writing, Andy Quan. Video art by dvd2u.

Open mic registrations are welcome. Interested poets are encouraged to register to ensure a position. Email expressions of interest to:

Head to Surry Hills is a 2-week Festival of events and happenings in the inner city neighbourhood suburbs of Surry Hills.


Tricia Dearborn is an award-winning poet whose work has featured in anthologies such as Contemporary Australian PoetryAustralian Poetry since 1788 and The Best Australian Poems. She has a degree in chemistry/biochemistry with Honours in biochemistry, and worked briefly in scientific research. Her collection Autobiochemistry (forthcoming in 2019) is named for a long autobiographical sequence based on the chemical elements. She is co-judge of the 2018 Quantum Words Science Poetry Competition.

Tug Dumbly is the pen and stage name of Geoff Forrester. He is a poet, performer, satirist, singer, songwriter, etc, who has worked widely in live venues, schools, and radio. His poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. He has been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2019-2020. In among his list of awards, last year he won the Borranga Poetry Prize, and was the runner up in the WB Yeats Poetry prize. His first poetry collection, Son Songs, came out through Flying Islands Books in 2018. 

Andy Quan is the author of four books, the poetry collections Bowling Pin Fire and Slant, a book of short fiction, Calendar Boy and one of gay erotica, Six Positions. He has lived in Sydney, Australia since 1999 and works as a freelance editor and worked previously in the response to HIV and lesbian and gay activism. He was born in 1969 in Vancouver, Canada, third-generation Chinese-Canadian and fifth generation Chinese-American with roots in the villages of Canton. His fiction, poetry, sex writing, and essays have appeared in over sixty anthologies, literary journals and magazines around the world. Visit him at:

dvd2u, is a Sydney based digital artist. #dvd2u

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Poetry Sydney acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land we live, create, meet and work. See Less

Covid-safe information

Ryges Hotel Sydney Central and Sydney Brewery Surry Hills operate a Covid-safe environment and have an ongoing Covid-safe plan. Poetry Sydney is also following the latest Government information and directives.



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