The Quart Short Reading nights are a newly founded series of literary salons in Adelaide.


We don’t know about you but winter is definitely our favourite time of year. As the leaves drop from their branches and the sky turns grey, where better to be than surrounded by books, curled up with a whisky, letting some of Adelaide’s finest actors spin you a yarn?

If this sounds like your idea of a good night out, join us for Winter Shorts at Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange on Tuesday 1 August at 7:00pm. Come for an evening of 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 bring $10 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:


The Quart Short Collective are now taking rolling submissions for our upcoming reading nights. Winter Shorts will be held on Tuesday 1 August 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 7 July.

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.

Twitter: @BenMBrooker


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.

Annie Waters has been told in every writing exercise she’s ever done that she needs to put more of herself into the work. Luckily, she wants to become an editor when she grows up. She has degrees in English, Psychology, French and Professional Communications and is currently a Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival.

Annie has worked with Adelaide Writers’ Week on two festivals and has been involved with the SA Writers Centre Dubnium Young Editors project. Currently, she is happy to contribute to making events happen for writers (especially emerging ones) while working in an independent bookshop in Adelaide. She likes good books and soft textiles, little dogs and bright colours, writing that makes you double take and art of all kinds.

Twitter: @captainmidget

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