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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.

VERSES affirms the unique ability of poetry to capture our creative spirit and common humanity.


Join us to celebrate the power of poetry and the wonderful contribution of VERSES poets-in-residence and their host cafes. Open mic opportunity and music from the High Andies.
Friday 24 November
5.00pm - 9.30pm
The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar
326 High Street, Maitland

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Meet the poets

Bill Carney
Seraphine Cafe
Kelly Lawn
Readers Cafe and Larder
Danny Gentile
The Cunning Culinarian
Helen Hopcroft
Palm Court Tea Salon
Ilyas Papantoniou
Seraphine cafe


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

View times and locations here

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