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Cuplet's First Birthday Bash

  • The Beaumont Hamilton 70 Beaumont Street Hamilton (map)

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We have now been here, listening to really really great poetry each month, for a whole year. It has been such a wonderful time to share with you all and I am so grateful to everyone who has turned up, donated, told their friends, read a poem or even just followed us on socials! We already had a great poetry scene in Newcastle but the support of this community (and our great venue The Beaumont Hamilton) has allowed Cuplet to thrive and set our city apart as a true poetry destination. This special event will be ticketed due to demand.

So, without further ado, the writers joining us in August to cap off our first year::


DAVID MALOUF was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since 'Interiors' in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate. His most recent book of poetry, An Open Book (UQP), was launched in 2018.

OMAR SAKR is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (Cordite), was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His new book is The Lost Arabs (UQP).


TOBY FITCH is poetry editor of Overland, a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Sydney, and organiser of the poetry night at Sappho Books in Glebe, Sydney. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies, The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau, ILL LIT POP and, most recently, Where Only the Sky had Hung Before (Vagabond Press).

ANNA FORSYTH is a writer and editor from New Zealand, currently based in Newcastle. In 2014, she founded the feminist poetry organisation, Girls on Key, providing opportunities for women and gender diverse poets. Her collection Beatific Toast launched in 2018.

HOLLY ISEMONGER was the joint winner of the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Hip Shifts (If A Leaf Falls Press) and Deluxe Paperweight (Stale Objects dePress). She co-edited an issue of Cordite and can be found at, on Twitter as @hisemonger.

SARAH PEARCE is an emerging performer, poet and academic from Adelaide. She wrote a PhD on the Brontës and her work appears in TEXT, Writing from Below, Meniscus, Aeternum and Outskirts. She has held residencies at the Adelaide City Library and FELTspace Gallery, and will soon be attending a residential masterclass at Varuna.

RICHARD TIPPING is internationally recognised for his ‘artsigns’, textual sculpture and typographs, represented with sculptures in collections including the NGA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales; and with prints in the British Museum and the MoMA, New York. Tipping’s poetry and graphic art has been published in many books including Instant History (Flying Island, Macau, 2017) and Subvert I Sing (Redfox Press, Ireland, 2008).


CLAIRE ALBRECHT has flown in from a stint in Melbourne to warm herself in the downy feathers of your love.

Earlier Event: July 11
Cuplet #12:: Dolan, Roberts, Walsh
Later Event: September 12
Cuplet Poetry #14: Aiken, Casey, Jenkins