Late Night Lit

Cadance Bell, Felicity Plunkett, Samantha Turnbull
+ open mics!
Host: Donné Restom
From 7pm
Thursday 1 June, 2023
Bar Toto, Ettalong Beach

$15 + booking fee

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Late Night Lit

$15 + booking fee (beverages and food optional extras)

Settle into the old-world charm of Bar Toto, Ettalong’s neighbourhood trattoria for Late Night Lit, our regular evening of spoken word: poetry, literary readings and other surprises.

For this 2023 Festival edition, we are elated to welcome to the stage ‘bogan philosopher,’ Cadance ‘Cady’ Bell, whose one-of-a-kind memoir The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody was just shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year. Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, we can’t wait to hear what Cady will share with us. Joining her will be founder of Fierce Girls and slam poet extraordinaire, Samantha Turnbull, all the way from Byron Bay! And finally we have acclaimed poet Felicity Plunkett whose book A Kinder Sea is right on theme for this year’s Words on the Waves.

As usual, we will also welcome a sparky crew of local writers and artists to share some new work with you as open mic participants.

Please note: seating is unallocated.


Late Night LitThursday 1 June
From 7pm
Bar Toto
83/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
$15 + booking fee



Cadance Bell

Billed by Money Magazine as “the ultimate slashie”, Cadance “Cady” Bell is a celebrated author / director / producer and screenwriter. Her memoir The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody is shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year. Her next novel Letters to Our Robot Son is an epic tale for the A.I. generation.

Samantha Turnbull 

Samantha Turnbull worked as an ABC multi-media journalist for many years before writing and producing kids’ content including the Fierce Girls podcast. Sam is a multi-award winning slam poet who has performed across the country including being four-time state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam.


Felicity Plunkett

Felicity Plunkett is a Sydney poet and critic, whose latest collection in A Kinder Sea (2020). Her first book, Vanishing Point(UQP, 2009), won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards. She has a chapbook, Seastrands, in Vagabond Press’s Rare Objects series and is the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). She has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a widely published essayist and reviewer. Felicity was the recipient of Australian Book Review‘s 2019 Patrons’ Fellowship.


Donné Restom

Donné Restom is a multidisciplinary artist, singer and writer with a passion for storytelling. A lively and engaging performer, Donné is best known for her very loud voice, and her perfect enunciation of the word, ‘plurality’.