LEGERE / Online Poetry Festival

Pitt Street Poetry (PSP) is a specialist publisher of contemporary poetry and selected reprints of modern classics, founded by Linsay and John Knight in Sydney in 2012.

In the past ten years Pitt Street Poetry has published 44 poetry books by 24 poets, mainly from Australia, but also proudly including selected poets from around the world. It has published many B format paperbacks, a couple of limited edition signed and numbered hardback editions, some colourful poetry pamphlets and a textbook on how to write poetry. Our books have twice won the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry (in 2014 and 2017) and have won or been shortlisted for an encouraging variety of other poetry prizes.

As its contribution to the world of coronavirus virtual arts events, Pitt Street Poetry has proudly launched the LEGERE Online Poetry Festival. Each Thursday and Friday assorted poet friends of PSP will read two poems – one of their own, and one they love.

Whilst PSP is Sydney-based, this is a genuinely Southern Highlands home brewed initiative dreamed up by Linsay and John at their cottage in Bowral and, for as long as COVID-19 runs, will be run from there.

ARTSFile is very pleased to bring you the LEGERE Online Poetry Festival.




An interview with John Knight, one of the founders and directors of Pitt Street Poetry. Interview conducted in August 2018 during the New England Writers’ Centre’s Pitch Independent program, held in partnership with UNE, with the support of the Small Press Network. Interview conducted and recorded by Ariella van Luyn and Beck Wise of UNE.

‘Visitor’ is the final poem in Singaporean Australian poet Eileen Chong’s collection
Rainforest published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2018
Sydney poet Eileen Chong reads a poem by Tang Dynasty poet
Wang Wei 699-761 AD with her own translation
John Foulcher ‘Dancing with Stephen Hawking’

John Foulcher reads Elizabeth Bishop
Tim Cumming’Sehnsucht’
Tim Cumming reads Homer
Jenny Blackford reads ‘Black Ice Night, Frogmouth’
Benedict Andrews ‘North’
Jenny Blackmore reads Catullus
Melinda Smith reads Rainer Maria Rilke
Benedict Andrews reads Gerður Kristný
Melinda Smith ‘Bondi Sketches’