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Poems From Our Poetry Gala

On the Saturday evening of the Festival, poetry lovers packed out Sydney Town Hall to see a procession of Australia’s finest actors recite handpicked poems relating to this year’s Festival theme. From Tim Minchin reading W. H. Auden to Alex Lee reading Hera Lindsay Bird's ‘Monica’, discover the poems they chose to bring within reach... 

  • Toby Schmitz – ‘Nefertiti in the Flak Tower’ by Clive James
  • Michala Banas – ‘The Mower' by Philip Larkin, ‘The Committee Weighs In’ by Andrea Cohen and ‘Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home’ by Kate Jennings
  • Remy Hii – ‘Winter Meeting’ by Eileen Chong
  • Pamela Rabe – ‘This Is a Photograph of Me’ by Margaret Atwood and  ‘Starfish’ by Dorothy Porter
  • Toby Truslove – ‘Osso Buco’ by Billy Collins and ‘Disobedience’ by A. A. Milne
  • Mia Wasikowska – ‘Lost’ by David Wagoner
  • Megan Wilding – ‘Women’s Liberation’ by Lisa Bellear
  • Bryan Brown – ‘An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow’ by Les Murray and ‘Bellbirds’ by Henry Kendall
  • Alex Lee – ‘Monica’ by Hera Lindsay Bird
  • Ewen Leslie – Richard the Third, Winter of Discontent speech, by William Shakespeare
  • Georgina Haig – ‘Good Bones’ by Maggie Smith and ‘Diving into the Wreck’ by Adrienne Rich
  • Tim Minchin – ‘A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool’ by John Clarke, ‘For A Father’ by Anthony Cronin and ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ by W. H. Auden
  • Yael Stone – ‘Star Beings’ by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge