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Both Sides Now – Magdalena + Ricky From their bohemian roots in New York, poet Magdalena Ball and her composer uncle Ricky Gordon have become artistic mentors to each other Magdalena Ball, 57, is a novelist and poet who moved to Australia from the US more than 30 years ago, and now lives in West Lake Macquarie, NSW. She has recently written… Continue reading Both Sides Now – Magdalena + Ricky


This was written for Emanuel Synagogue's Simchat Torah celebration. I was given the word 'sacrifice' to contemplate and then present to the congregation. When I say sacrifice My mind races to a hilltop Beyond the bushes Beyond the fire Beyond the mother’s gaze Stones, knife, altar A son, a father, a god, a test And… Continue reading Sacrifice

Justine + Noè

Justine Sless and Noè Harsel co-host Sless to Harsel, an Instagram TV show where they share their enthusiasm for books and writing (Plus61J August 31, 2021) JUSTINE I was born in 1967 in Silksworth, a mining village in the north of England. When I was two years old, my parents separated. My mother re-partnered very… Continue reading Justine + Noè

David + Melissa Greenpeace Australia chief David Ritter and human rights academic Melissa Castan have ‘an affinity’: they can stop a conversation and two weeks later take up where they left off David Ritter, 50, is the CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Melissa Castan, 55, is an Associate Professor of Law and a Deputy Director of… Continue reading David + Melissa

Poetica – feat. Jessica Chapnik Kahn + E for Echo


Just in time for Mother’s Day – join us. Tickets here.

Theme for the open mic is M O T H E R – how ever you would like to interpret this. Bring your words, your thoughts, your voices, your joy and your heart ache. All is welcome.Jessica’s book MADRE will be available for purchase on the night. You can pre-book a copy via DM.


Poetry: Jessica Chapnik Kahn

Jessica Chapnik Kahn is an Argentinian-Australian singer-songwriter, actor and writer. She has worked in theatre and TV, played in the bands of some of Australia’s finest artists, and released two solo albums under the moniker Appleonia. She is the author of children’s book Lenny and the Ants and poetry collection MADRE, and co-author of the biography A Repurposed Life.

Music and words: E for Echo

E for Echo formed in 2016 in the inner-city cultural hub of Redfern, Sydney…

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JOANNE FEDLER – UNBECOMING A recording from Gertrude and Alice Bookstore author event, an evening with Joanne Fedler, hosted by Miriam Hechtman, founder of Poetica, at our cosy little bookstore in Bondi Beach. The night was all about celebrating the release of Joanne's latest novel Unbecoming, and this was the first of two sold out events with the… Continue reading JOANNE FEDLER – UNBECOMING

RONNI KAHN + JESSICA CHAPNIK KAHN – A REPURPOSED LIFE A recording from Gertrude and Alice Bookstore author event, an evening with Ronni Kahn and Jessica Chapnik-Kahn, in conversation with, founder of Poetica, Miriam Hechtman, at our cosy little bookstore in Bondi Beach. The event one of two sold out events organised in celebration of the release of Ronni's biography, A Repurposed Life. Watch… Continue reading RONNI KAHN + JESSICA CHAPNIK KAHN – A REPURPOSED LIFE