Sandra co-convened a monthly varied program of women’s poetry in a relaxed cafe venue, Smith’s Alternative in Canberra, Australia.


Launch, Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, 18 March 2019

Launch and readings from her forthcoming collection Acting Like a Girl (Recent Work Press, 2019).

National Folk Festival, Canberra: Spoken Word, Featured Poet, 18–22 April 2019

MC: Poets Breakfast
Reading/Performance: Poetry in the Round

Convening: Women Out of Lines: Poetry of Dissent and Protest, featuring readings/performance by Melinda Smith, Anita Patel, Samia Goudie, Sandra Renew

Manning Clark House, Canberra, 23 May 2019

Readings with the Strathnairn Poets


 Smith’s Alternative, 20 August 2018

Readings from her recently published books Who Sleeps at Night and The Orlando Files as well as featuring some of her current project on the interrogation of gender presentation and the LGBTIQAA gender discourses.

Poetry Hub – June 2018
SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival

Sandra teamed up with Laurie McDonald, Melinda Smith, Moya Pacey and Tikka Wilson for two days of readings, performances, open mic, workshops and discussions with the poets.

SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival

National Folk Festival Spoken Word, Featured Poet, 2018

Readings: Poetry in the Round and Poetry in the Park
MC: Poet’s Breakfast

‘Edit’ was performed by Spineless Wonders in Little Fictions (feminist stories), 2018. 

@ 107 Projects
107 Redfern St, Redfern
Wednesday March 14, 8-9.30pm


Readings from One Last Border and Translations

Poetry on the Move, 2017, Border Crossings: A Festival of Poetry
14-21 September 2017, University of Canberra, Canberra

‘Twenty Boats’ (One Last Border, Ginninderra Press 2016)
29 September to 14 October 2017, in Under Sedation, The Street, Canberra

Under Sedation: Canberra verse remixed embraces compositions from one of the most vibrant poetic hubs in the nation. This new theatre work weaves together the old and the new, sung and spoken, published and drafted, applauded and unknown, the earnest and irreverent. Under Sedation transforms performance poetry from slam to stage to explore what may hurt or pacify. Under Sedation will not mark the first time that poetry has gone to the theatre but will see The Street transform local poetry into a bold, contemporary production to continue and enrich the dialogue that Canberra poets and songwriters have so generously brought to our community.

Featuring Ben Drysdale and Ruth Pieloor
Collected, Edited and Directed by Adele Chynoweth

National Folk Festival Spoken Word, Featured Poet, 2017

Readings: Poetry in the Round, Potpourri of Poetry, and Poetry in the Park
MC: Poet’s Breakfast

The Salt Room, Gorman Arts Centre, March 2017
presented by Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit


  • Manning Clarke House Poetry Readings
  • National Folk Festival Spoken Word, 2016
    Potpourri of Poetry (reading)
    Poetry in the park (MC)
  • Smith’s Alternative