We're excited to announce our program of Late Night Library events for City of Sydney. Join us at Haymarket Library for a lot of fun, creativity, and a spot of ranting, at the following free events:
Wednesday 3 September, 8–9pm Got something to get off your chest? Then get up on that soapbox! Join professional ranters, writers and comedians as they tell us what they really think. Hosted by David Henley, who may have a few grievances of his own to share, and featuring Benjamin Law, Lauren Beukes, Alice Fraser and David Hunt. Book here.
Wednesday 17 September, 8–9pm Explore the new possibilities of what was once known as a 'reading night', in this multimedia, multiplatform, live, collaborative event, with writers, artists and an audience that not only listens, but joins in the production of the work. Hosted by Justin Wolfers and featuring writer/comedian Nick Sun, writer Grace De Morgan, illustrator Irit Pollak, musician James Brown, and artist/photographer Isobel Parker Philip. Book here.
All Cut Up
Wednesday 1 October, 8–9pm Hosted by Toby Fitch and featuring work from three contemporary Australian poets writing in the anti-tradition of collage — Pam Brown, Chris Edwards and Kate Fagan — All Cut Up is a night for new poetry. The readings will lead provocatively into a hands-on collaging session where the programmed poets will each provide unusual source material (government docs, etiquette books, who knows...) for attendees to chop up and recombine in whatever illicit way they see fit. Scissors and glue provided. BYO mental shears, fantasies, and word processors (if you prefer electronic cut-and-paste). Book here.
Wednesday 15 October, 8–9pm Flashers are ultra-short bite-sized fiction explosions. Fun to write, quick to read and taking the online world by storm. Seizure Flashers editor Thomas Wilson curates a night of fast-paced writing games, selected readings by special guests and gives the audience a chance to read out their own story morsels (up to 500 words). Featuring Patrick Lenton, Oliver Mol, Hannah Story and Robyne Young. Book here.
Wednesday 29 October, 8–9pm Hosted by award-winning and potty-mouthed poet Fiona f---ing Wright, Swear Jar will feature programmed poets including Pip Smith, Luke Carman and Lindsay Tuggle, reading original curse-laden poems that will make a sailor blush, plus utterly filthy reworked classics and a haiku station where audience members can compose their own poems and compete to see who can fill up the swear jar the most. BYO soap to wash your mouth out. Book here.
Wednesday 12 November, 8–9pm Congratulations, your book is out! Now it’s one thing to write something down and see it in print. It’s another thing to stand up and do a reading. It’s time to swallow your fears though, so join first time host Portia Lindsay for a mix of open mic and programmed readings from Omar Musa, Summer Land and Jo Riccioni. This is a great chance to face an audience and get some valuable experience in a supportive environment with a glass of wine in hand. Book here.