Exiles Bookshop

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Exiles Bookshop was a Sydney bookshop which hosted many poetry readings, and was something of a centre for the local poetry scene in the early 1980s. It was established, at 207 Oxford Street, Taylor Square, by Susumu Hirayanagi and Nicholas Pounder in February 1979,[1] and it closed in late 1982.[2] Poetry readings were held there frequently, where local poets such as John Tranter, John Forbes, Rae Desmond Jones, Gig Ryan, Dorothy Porter, Kerry Leves, Laurie Duggan, Martin Johnston, Grant Caldwell, Les Wicks, Alan Jefferies and S. K. Kelen read their work. Luke Davies, winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, first read in public there as a 19-year-old in 1981. Poets from other countries, including Hans Magnus Enzensberger,[3] also visited the bookshop. Gary Snyder read there on 17 September 1981.[2]


  1. ^ "A Bookseller's Memoir". ABC Sydney. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Laurie Duggan's diary
  3. ^ "John Tranter's poem 'Enzensberger at Exiles Bookshop'". Archived from the original on 9 February 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2006.

External links[edit]