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Poets' Picnic

Poets' Picnic 2015

Woollahra Libraries will host its 26th annual Poets' Picnic in the beautiful Blackburn Gardens in Double Bay on Tuesday 24 February from 5pm – 8pm. The theme for 2015 is Birds, Bees and Trees, and poetry lovers are invited to join us for nostalgic and evocative readings of poems that celebrate nature.

ABC radio presenter Simon Marnie will emcee this fantastic free event, featuring both established and emerging Australian poets and personalities including Les Murray, Theodore Ell, Fiona Wright, Margaret Bradstock, Nikki Gemmell, and Miles Merrill.

Pack a picnic rug and come celebrate poetry in all its forms at this free event in Blackburn Gardens, 548 New South Head Road, Double Bay. The festivities will begin at 5pm with live music, a chalk poetry workshop for children, a giant origami bird-making activity for kids and adults alike and roving performers. Poetry performances begin at 6pm.

For more details please contact Woollahra Libraries on 9391 7100.

View photos of the 2014 Poets' Picnic

Event Name Poets' Picnic
Start Date 24th Feb 2015 6:00pm
End Date 24th Feb 2015 8:00pm
Duration 2 hours

This year the Woollahra Library & Information Services’ popular Poets’ Picnic celebrates 26 years in the making, so pack a picnic blanket and come celebrate poetry in all its forms under the stars in the beautiful surrounds of Blackburn Gardens.

ABC radio presenter, Simon Marnie will host this fantastic family event, which will also feature several leading Australian poets reading works with the theme, ‘Birds, Bees and Trees’.

Among those will be Australia's best known poet Les Murray, slam poet Miles Merrill, Fiona Wright, Theo Ell and special guest Nikki Gemmell.

Attendees who don't have time to prepare a picnic can pre-order delicious picnic hampers from Pop Up Picnic

Hampers for 2-4 people are available with a special childrens hamper with prices ranging between $16 and $22 per person. Choose from the following special Poets' Picnic menu. Pre-order only.

Hampers must be pre-ordered before 5pm on Friday 20 February 2015 by visiting the Pop Up Picnic website

Poets’ Picnic will be held in Blackburn Gardens at 536 New South Head Road on Tuesday, February 24. Live music from 5pm, roving performers and children can enjoy getting creative at the popular chalk poetry workshop near the Murray Rose Pool (formerly Redleaf).

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  Admission is FREE.

For more information contact the Woollahra Library & Information Service on 9391 7100 or

Mayor Cr Zeltzer and MC Simon Marnie
Mayor Cr Zeltzer and MC Simon Marnie

Crowd listens to Maggie Walsh
Crowd listens to poet Maggie Walsh

Astrid Lorange reads poetry
Astrid Lorange reads poetry