The Sydney Poetry Bookers Picnic is a celebration of poetry.
The annual event acknowledges the efforts undertaken throughout the year by the conveners of poetry in forging poetry communities and developing support of the art form in Sydney and New South Wales. Representatives are invited to attend, speak of their event and read. There is also an opportunity for poets to register to read, or perform in the open reading section.
Now in its seventh year, the reading will feature three-time winner of the Nimbin World Cup of Poetry, Tug Dumbly, as MC.
From the more established poetry events through to the emerging, performative and the competitive such as the Australian Poetry Slam organised by Word Travels, to presentations of the avant-garde in Avant Gaga at Sappho Books Cafe and Bar, through to the longest standing poetry event Live Poets at the Don Banks Museum in North Sydney, and out West with regular readings programmed by West Words.
Sydney and NSW poetry events feature, local, regional, national and international poets and collaborators across a range of different venues, from libraries, galleries, museums to pubs and clubs.
The family event is free, dog friendly and located at the Rotunda at Observatory Hill.
Representative poets reading include: Australian Poetry; Avant Gaga; Bankstown Poetry; Caravan Slam; Girls on Key; Live Poets Society; North Sydney Poets; Poetry at the Petersham Bowlo; Poetry at the Rudolph Steiner House; Poetry Salon; Poetry Sydney; Poetry at the Sydney Mechanical School of Arts; Red Room Poetry; Sydney Poetry Lounge; Stanley Street Gallery Poetry; Unspoken Words; UNSW Poets; Wednesday Poetry and Word Travels.
The event is subject to weather conditions. Notification of cancellation will be provided at 11.00am through the Facebook event page and Poetry Sydney registered email list. To register on the Poetry Sydney email list please visit the website.