A Sweet Farewell To Dymocks Dead Poets Society


It’s come time to say thank you for the great fun journey, but goodbye and farewell (at least for now) to DymocksDead Poets Society live events run by Spoken Word SA at Dymocks in Rundle Mall. Keep an eye out for the odd one-off event at Dymocks but this series, as it stands, has come to an end…

It’s been an incredible run starting back on the 27th of June 2013 with a tribute to Sylvia Plath. So many great poets paid tribute to, so many legendary locals hitting the mic to showcase their favourite artists and their own original work. And so many of you – the audience – who made it all possible and all worthwhile.

Thank you so very much from Spoken Word SA and from Mandy and all at Dymocks Adelaide.

Thanks too go to those very people at Dymocks who supported the event with the effort of setting up and packing up the venue each month, donating raffle prizes, the food and the no small amount of wine that was consumed over the years.

But fear not. Live poetry continues to flourish. And the range of poetry in Dymocks Adelaide is bigger and better than ever…

Click here to see a list of Dead Poets Society sessions.

Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”: Clive James featuring Bronwyn Lovell

Brick City Bar
73 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
(access via Coromandel Place)


Thursday 23rd November, 6:00 pm.


Time for another ‘alive and kicking’ poet to pay tribute to Clive James. This month the tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, Bronwyn Lovell.


Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from Clive James and one of your own influenced by the artist.


Vivian Leopold James, AO, CBE, FRSL (born 7 October 1939), known as Clive James, is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and documentaries on British television and for his prolific journalism. James has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1962. He is famously a bon vivant, noted for his warm, insightful humour and wry outlook. – Wikipedia


Brick City Bar

Dymocks Dead Poets Society: John Keats presented by David Mortimer



Thursday October 19th.

6:00 – 8:30pm

Dymocks, Rundle Mall.

The poetry slam is done so time to get back to the Dead Poets Society, specifically the English Romantic poet John Keats.

This month our tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, David Mortimer.

Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from John Keats and one of your own influenced by the artist.

John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his works having been in publication for only four years before his death at age 25 in the year 1821. (Wikipedia).

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Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”: DH Lawrence featuring Val Braendler

Perhaps better known for his fiction, D.H. Lawrence still has a vast collection of published poetry. This month our tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, Val Braendler.

Dymocks Adelaide

135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Thursday, 24th August, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Free entry
Book raffle

And a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from D.H. Lawrence and one of your own influenced by the artist.

David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Some of the issues Lawrence explores are sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instinct.

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Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”: Carol Ann Duffy featuring Alison Flett

Another living poet this month: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy presented by Adelaide based poet Alison Flett. And as an added bonus Alison will also be touching on the work of a very connected poet, and also a Poet Laureate Jackie Kay.

Dymocks, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Thursday, 20th July, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from Carol Ann Duffy (or Jackie Kay) and one of your own influenced by the artist.

Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE FRSL (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position. Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manhattan (1987), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Rapture (2005), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools. – Wikipedia

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Dymocks ‘Dead Poets Society’ open mic tribute to Sylvia Plath: Thursday, 22nd June

Dymocks Adelaide

Rundle Mall

Thursday, 22nd June, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Sylvia Plath was one of the very first poets paid tribute to at Dymocks Dead Poets Society.

But we have had so much interest in her work and so many requests that we are going to go again! And in a new first for the event,due to her popularity, we will be foregoing the guest poet this time around. It will be ALL open mic – by the fans, for the fans.

Each open mic spot is to be one Sylvia Plath poem and one poem that you yourself have written as influenced by Plath.


Book Raffle

More info here.