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VERSES is an initiative of Maitland City Council’s Cultural Plan, connecting poets with local cafes through a pilot ‘poet in residence’ program.

The poet is given space to write, as well as complimentary coffee.  In return the poet enriches the cultural life of the cafe through conversations, connections and performances.

Launched to coincide with UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, VERSES affirms the unique ability of poetry to capture our creative spirit and common humanity.

Meet the poets

Bill Carney
Seraphine Cafe
Phoebe Carter-Swain
Connaina’s Coffee Bar 
Danny Gentile
Seraphine Cafe 
Helen Hopcroft
Palm Court Tea Salon
Ilyas Papantoniou
Seraphine cafe


Readers Café and Larder 
Alex Simpson
The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar 
Gillian Swain
Organic Feast Cafe

View times and locations here

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