• Image: Michele Seminara at MAG&M, 2020 

This year’s live poetry reading featured 23 original works by a broad and exciting range of poets responding to the theme 'Spirit of Self Expression', in connection with the gallery’s Self-Portrait exhibition (7 Aug–18 Oct, 2020). 

A self-portrait — in poetry or painting — captures a likeness, but also offers a vivid and deeply intimate encounter with its creator. This year's poems, include revelatory works that speak from the multifaceted perspectives of different ages, cultures, genders, sexual orientations and states of mental and physical health and disability.

The poetry readings were filmed live at MAG&M and are available online for all to enjoy 
and you can read more on the VerityLa website.

The poets are:  

Djon Mundine OAM, Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, Negar Rezvani, Rozanna Lilley, Judy Johnson, Cecilia White, Lou Steer, Daragh Byrne, Jenni Nixon, Yasaman Bagheri, Tony Voss, Les Wicks, Mark Marusic, Danika Peterson, Anne Walsh, Zeina Issa, Albert Lin, David Adès, Imogen Robertson, Erin Shiel, Alise Blayney and Marshall Smither.    

Captions won't be available on this year's film, however if you are Deaf or hard of hearing, please email us in advance at and we will send you a PDF of the poems to follow.

Contact information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
9976 1421