Saturday 10th July, Andre Burke, Andre de Bassendean + Andrew Shillam (NSW) + open-mike! on Zoom and the Moon

This Saturday 10th July 2pm-4pm we have wonderful poets Andrew Burke + Andre de Bassendean + Andrew Shillam (NSW) + open-mike at the Moon Café and on Zoom.

We are back at the Moon Café - folk will have to QR code in or sign in, and people will have to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.  You can QR table order or order at bar as normal.  There is a limit of 2 per square metre which means no more than 50 in the back room, and we have operated like that for a good 6 months so no need to worry really.

Andrew Burke interim bio…    

Andrew Burke was born in Victoria in 1944, then moved to WA as a toddler.  He was educated there, then hitchhiked (in the ‘60s) to further his education at factories, etc, in Melbourne and Sydney.  After work at radio stations in Perth, he went on to be a Creative Director in advertising agencies, all the time writing stories, plays and poems.  In middle-age he went into academia, studying and lecturing in writing and literature.  Andrew has published thirteen poetry collections, one novel and a smattering of short stories, book reviews and literary criticism.

After five years living in the Riverina area of New South Wales, he returned to Perth in 2017.

For more details on Andrew go to

Andrew was the first ever feature at Perth Poetry Club 12+ years ago.

Andre de Bassendean is an alter-ego or alerted ego.  In any case, he is a shadow of his former self (see his pic). Alas poor Andre does not have a wiki entry – we wonder why…

Andrew Shillam (NSW) in his own words…

I was born in Brisbane.  My parent bought a hundred acres of bush north of Grafton in the 1980s to build a mud brick house.  We lived in a tent, a tin shed and eventually moved into the house over the course of seven years.  We had no television and read books at night.   I studied Visual Art at the University of Newcastle in the 1990s and became involved in small poetry readings in café’s and Newcastle Poetry At the Pub. I  met the painter Rindi Salomon – we started exhibiting together in 1998, travelled and worked in the UK in the year 2000, then married and had children.  We have been exhibiting together ever since.

Alongside my visual arts practise I have written poetry since the early 1990s.  My early writing was free verse but for the past fifteen years I have concentrated on more traditional forms.  I’m interested in the music of poetry - its underlying structure of sounds.  Recently I have concentrated on writing modern sonnets, using a variation on the French sonnet as a vehicle to express myself.  I see my work as part of a tradition and admire poets such Keats, Yeats and Dylan Thomas.

It will be an interesting gig.

Please join us to celebrate poetry this Saturday afternoon 2pm - 4pm.

The venue is Moon Café, 323 William St, Northbridge and on ZOOM.

Gig details are: Perth Poetry Club is inviting you to a scheduled Hybrid Live and Zoom meeting from Moon Cafe.

this Saturday, 10th July  2:00pm to 4:00pm  Perth Aus WST (GMT+8hrs).

       Andrew Burke + Andre de Bassendean + Andrew Shillam (NSW) + open-mike from the Moon Café.

       Join Zoom Meeting

You will have to wait for Zoom to do its thing.  You will need to be let into the meeting from the Waiting Room.  Please be patient. It may not work straight away.  Try again. If that fails email Elio on

The Moon Café is open from 12noon each day (except Tuesday). It also runs as a take away food / delivery and pick-up venue.  Online bookings via their website, Facebook and Instagram.  Also try calling 9328 7474.

The next few weeks we have the following confirmed features:

  10-Jul-21   Andrew Burke + Andre de Bassendean + Andrew Shillam (NSW) + open-mike

  17-Jul-21   Danny Gunzburg (music, poems and song) + open-mike

  24-Jul-21   Deanne Leber + launch of her Constellations + open-mike

                     Open-mikers are encouraged to read poems about stars – no compulsion.

  31-Jul-21   Allan Padgett + open-mike

  7-Aug-21   Gwelwa On Cos (Zambia), Julian Matthews (Malaysia) + open-mike

                     We may schedule Julian to a later date…

All with open-mike, not to be missed …