Sappho… in 9 fragments


Inspiration, abomination, lesbian pin-up, Christian tear-up, Roman’s reference, Egyptians’ refuse, empty vessel, imaginative void…

2700 years ago, Sappho is the world’s first love poet, the tenth muse of the ancient Greeks, and the inspiration for every lovelorn writer and songster since.

But as the centuries have passed with the coming and goings of hundreds of libidinous handymen restoring her buttresses, history has caught up with Sappho. Her tale has become a gap in time for new generations to pour their needs and desires into, but what is the truth behind her own story? Placed alongside a modern love story of sensuality, sexual awakening and broken-hearts, Sappho... in 9 fragments exposes the timeless undoing of love.

"Delivered with perfectly poised satire…a very illuminating journey through the life—or more precisely the legacy—of this most fascinating writer." - The Age

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EXTRACT: The rainy Pleiads wester And seek beyond the sea The head that I shall dream on That ’twill not dream of me. I hope that was not rain. Not good for me to get too soggy… papier mâché. ‘If we read Sappho without prejudice, we observe that she is deeply moved by the physical graces of young women.’ Denys Page, another of my ventriloquist lovers, Cambridge Don, scholar, Fellow, author of learned commentaries on Ionian lyric poets—not one to suffer fools gladly, but always such a gentleman to me… rubbing ankles in the Copper Kettle over eccles cakes.

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