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.
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.
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