Late Night Lit

Omar Musa, Eda Gunaydin, Luke Carman + open mic spots!
From 7pm
Thursday 2 June, 2022
Bar Toto, Ettalong Beach

$15 + booking fee

Thursday 2 June 2022, from 7:00pm

Steep your senses an evening of poetry, literary readings and other surprises with a delicious Bar Toto cocktail in hand. Speakers include Omar Musa, Luke Carman and Eda Gunaydin, with the opportunity for an open mic spot.

More seats released!


7:00pm – 9:0opm


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 an evening of spoken word: poetry, literary readings and other surprises.

From Queanbeyan, we are joined by Omar Musa, a poet, author and hip hop artist whose latest book is a lush, personal collection of poetry and woodcuts. From Western Sydney, we welcome Eda Gunaydin, whose debut essay collection explores class, race and diaspora. And from the Central Coast, we are joined by Luke Carman, once named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year.

And then, we would love to hand the mic to you. We are taking expressions of interest for aspiring or established writers to join the line-up in a handful of short reading slots. If you have a piece you would like to present on this evening, email us on with an example!

Please note: seating is unallocated.

Late Night Lit Thursday 2 June
From 7pm
Bar Toto
83/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
$15 + booking fee


Luke Carman

Luke Carman

Luke Carman is the author of An Elegant Young Man, which was awarded a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. In 2014 he was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. His second fiction collection, An Ordinary Ecstasy, is due out in 2022.

Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora. She has been a finalist for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize.

Eda’s debut essay collection is Root & Branch (NewSouth Publishing).

Omar Musa

Omar Musa

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia.  He has released three poetry books, four hip-hop records, written an acclaimed one-man play, and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.

His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin Award; he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

Omar’s most recent work is Killernova, a collection of poetry and wood cuts that burns blindingly bright.

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As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.