The Quart Short Reading nights are a newly founded series of literary salons in Adelaide. Our motto is: great stories, well read



“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Yes, folks, it’s nearly time to break out those summer shorts! As the days lengthen, the sun shines, and life begins to slow down, what better way to unwind than with a cool beer or refreshing cocktail while Adelaide’s finest professional actors read some great new writing to you?

If this sounds like your idea of a good night out, join us for Summer Shorts at Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange on Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 7:00pm. Come for an evening of heart-warming and spine-tingling stories, poetry and narrative non-fiction; stay for a perfect classic cocktail or two!

Get your tickets at Trybooking for $5 before the event (or 4 tickets for just $16), or bring cash for entry on the night.

For an idea of what you might hear (and, if you’re a writer, what you might submit) have a listen to these pieces from some of our previous reading nights:


Our next event, Summer Shorts, will be held on Tuesday 16 January 2018 from 7:00pm at The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange. To be considered for this event, we must get your piece before 5:00pm Friday 22 December.

We are looking for stories that surprise, delight, and challenge; themes, characters, and plots that make the mind whirl or the heart jump; and stories that will sound great when read aloud. In addition to short fiction and poetry, we’re interested in receiving your literary non-fiction (also known as creative non-fiction). Writers with culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse backgrounds, as well as writers with a disability, are strongly encouraged to submit their work.

Full submission guidelines are available here.

Who We Are

Ben Brooker is a writer, editor, critic, essayist and playwright. He is a graduate of Flinders University (BA Hons) and is the author of many published short stories, poems, essays and reviews. His work has been performed in Sydney and Adelaide, and he writes about theatre for Daily Review, RealTime, Australian Book Review, and on his blog Marginalia. In 2013 his first full-length play, The Lake, was produced by Adelaide-based independent theatre company Since then he has completed two further full-length plays, The Dreamy House and Dark Moon, the latter of which was written while Ben was an Emerging Writer-in-Residence at the SA Writers’ Centre in early 2013.

Ben also regularly presents playwriting and reviewing workshops for both teenagers and adults at the SA Writers’ Centre, and was a featured playwright at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Adelaide Roadshow in September 2014 and at the National Play Festival in Adelaide in July 2015. Ben’s most recently produced play was the dystopian triptych This Storm (which he also directed), a hit at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2016-17 he was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow.

Twitter: @BenMBrooker


Patrick Frost began his career in University theatre in the late 1960’s, joined the first South Australian Theatre Company ensemble at The Playhouse and toured Australia in 1975 with David Williamson’s “The Department”. Patrick has featured in three seasons for the Melbourne Theatre Company and toured nationally in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” for the Sydney Theatre Company. He has been part of State Theatre SA productions for over 30 years including “Away”, “Blithe Spirit”, “Twelfth Night”, “Design for Living” and “Lion Pig Lion”. He played Father Dewis in “Buried Child” and at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre he played Jimmy Jack in Flying Penguin’s critically acclaimed “Translations”. He also played John in the best Ensemble Cast Award winning production of Michael Hill’s play “Boxing Day Test” in 2010. Patrick had another success in 2014 in the title role of “Macbeth” for Foul Play and their widely acclaimed production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” the following year. Patrick was part of the ensemble at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe in Sandpit’s “Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid” which won the Fringe Award for Best Interactive Theatre. On screen Patrick has recently been seen in “Deadline Gallipoli”, “Shut up Little Man!– an Audio Misadventure”, and “Remembering the Man” – the story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo. Last year he was also in “Wolf Creek” – the Mini Series and the thriller “Bad Blood” featuring Xavier Samuel. He has been a proud member of the Equity Section of the MEAA for more than 40 years and currently serves as State President.

Janet Thomas spends her days writing, reading and generally trying to enjoy life. Some days she manages to achieve more of one than the other, some days she fails at all three. For those people who care about qualifications, she has a doctorate in Creative Writing, a Diploma in Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Women’s Education) and a Diploma in Professional Counselling.

In July 2015 she started this blog. Take a look if you want to learn more about Janet, writing and living. The only other thing Janet has done is live well but not always wisely. She plans to continue the former and improve on the latter.